Onetime Mariners spring- training pitcher, Justin Miller, known as baseball’s “Tattoo Man’’ because of the hundreds of designs that covered his body, has been found dead in Florida at age 35.
The cause of death and exactly where it took place has yet to be released, though Miller lived in the Tampa Bay suburb of Palm Harbor with his wife and two children.
Miller’s body was found Wednesday, though news of his death didn’t surface until late Friday night.
Miller attended spring training with the Mariners in 2011 and went on to play six games for the Class AAA Tacoma Rainiers that season before being released and retiring.
The left-handed relief pitcher appeared in 216 major league games over seven seasons with four teams.
Baseball in 2004 imposed what is commonly known as “The Justin Miller Rule’’ forcing tattooed pitchers to cover their forearms so as not to distract hitters.