Bill Miller (umpire)

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26 – Bill Miller
Bill Miller and Fredi Gonzalez in Arlington in September 2014.jpg
Miller (left) discusses a call during a 2014 game
Born (1967-05-31) May 31, 1967 (age 47)
Vallejo, California
MLB debut July 28, 1997
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Career highlights and awards

William Scott Miller (born May 31, 1967) is a Major League Baseball umpire who began his career in the American League in 1997.[1] Miller wears number 26. He is a crew chief for the 2014 season.

Early life and career[edit]

Miller graduated from UCLA with a history degree in 1989. Miller umpired in the Northwest League, Arizona Instructional League, South Atlantic League, California League, Texas League, International League, and Pacific Coast League before reaching the MLB in 1997.[2] While umpiring in the International League, Miller was robbed at gunpoint at a hotel.[3]

He officiated in the League Championship Series in 2009, 2011, 2012, and 2014, and the Division Series in 2002 (National League), 2003 (National League), 2005 (American League), 2008 (American League), 2010 (American League), 2013 (National League), and worked the 2007 All-Star Game, the 2012 and 2014 American League Wild Card Games, and the 2010 World Series and 2013 World Series.[2]

On May 15, 2012, Miller was involved in an altercation with Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie during his last at bat. With a 3–1 count, pitcher Fernando Rodney threw two balls, based on replays[4] and computerized strike zone analysis.[5] Lawrie headed towards first after each pitch. However, Miller called the pitches strikes and ejected Lawrie after he protested the strikeout. Lawrie then threw his helmet, which bounced off the ground and hit Miller.[4][6] The next day, Lawrie was suspended by Major League Baseball for four games.[6]

Miller was chosen as one of the umpires for the one-game Wild Card playoff between the Baltimore Orioles and the Texas Rangers on October 5, 2012.[7]

Before the 2014 season, he was named a crew chief by Major League Baseball.[8]

Personal[edit]

Miller graduated from University of California, Los Angeles in 1989, and resides in Incline Village, Nevada.[2] He was a three-sport athlete at Harbor High School in Santa Cruz, California, and was named Athlete of the Year in Santa Cruz County for his senior year.[citation needed] He is an alum of the Sigma Chi fraternity.[9]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bill Miller". Retrosheet.org. Retrosheet. Retrieved 2011-09-03. 
  2. ^ a b c "Bill Miller – 26". MLB.com. Major League Baseball. Retrieved 2011-09-03. 
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ a b "Video". MLB.com. Major League Baseball. Retrieved 2012-05-16. 
  5. ^ Lund, Chris (May 16, 2012). "Brett Lawrie, the ump and the human element". The Hardball Times. Retrieved 5 June 2012. 
  6. ^ a b "Lawrie drops appeal of suspension". SI.com. Associated Press. May 17, 2012. Archived from the original on June 4, 2012. 
  7. ^ Umpires for Wild Card Games, Division Series announced Darling, Kellogg Will Serve As Crew Chiefs for Wild Card Games; Davis, DeMuth, Gorman and West Assigned to Lead Division Series Crews. MLB.com. Retrieved October 5, 2012.
  8. ^ "Seven new umpires appointed". MLB.com. Retrieved April 7, 2014. 
  9. ^ "UEFL Profile of MLB Umpire Bill Miller". Close Call Sports and the Umpire Ejection Fantasy League. March 7, 2013. 

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