Justin Miller tried out for the Mariners a few spring trainings ago as he attempted to prolong his major league career. It was an uneventful career stats-wise, but Miller did gain notoriety for one particular aspect of his game.
He was baseball’s Tattoo Man.
Last night, it was announced he’d been found dead at age 35. No cause has been released.
Miller’s body was actually found Wednesday but news only got out about 48 hours later.
The last time I saw Miller was in the summer of 2011 when we were both darting through the Phoenix airport and found ourselves in the same security line. It was just a few weeks after the Mariners had released him from a AAA contract with the Tacoma Rainiers following his one spring with them. He would bounce around a couple of other organizations that year and told me he might go to Japan or Korea if he could find an opportunity there.
Instead, he wound up retiring and coaching high school baseball.More
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