Bill Miller (umpire)

Bill Miller (umpire)

Bill Miller
Miller in 2011
Born (1967-05-31) May 31, 1967 (age 47)
Vallejo, California
Education UCLA, '89
B.S. History
Occupation MLB umpire
Height 6' 2"
Weight 215 lbs

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.

Early life and career

Bill 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 Championship Series in 2009 and 2012 and Division Series in 2002 (National League), 2003 (National League), 2005 (American League), 2013 (National League) and worked the 2007 All-Star Game 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]

Personal

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. He is an alum of the Sigma Chi fraternity.[8]

See also

Baseball portal

References

External links

  • Major league profile
  • Retrosheet