Former Blue Jays pitcher Justin Miller found dead

Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Justin Miller throws against the Minnesota Twins during the...

Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Justin Miller throws against the Minnesota Twins during the first inning of their American League game at the Metrodome in this April 28, 2004 file photo. (REUTERS)

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Former Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Justin Miller was found dead in Palm Harbor, Fla., Wednesday night.

According to the Tampa Bay Times, authorities are investigating Miller’s cause of death but have stopped short of saying where the 35-year-old was found.

Miller’s wife, Jessica, told the Times she wasn’t sure what caused Justin’s death, but referred to it as sudden.

The right-handed reliever made his major league debut with the Blue Jays in 2002, before tacking on two more seasons with the Jays from 2004-05.

Following a short stint in the Japanese league, Miller returned to the majors and pitched for the Florida Marlins, San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers from 2007-2010, accumulating a career 24-14 record with a 4.82 ERA.

Miller might be best known for a rule implemented in his name.

In 2004, Major League Baseball coined the “Justin Miller Rule,” which forced pitchers with distracting tattoos to wear long sleeves.


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