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Encyclopedia > Ray Miller (baseball)

Raymond Roger Miller (born April 30, 1945 at Takoma Park, Maryland) is a former American coach and manager in Major League Baseball. A highly respected pitching coach, he had two unsuccessful tours of duty as a manager - with the Minnesota Twins (1985-86) and the Baltimore Orioles (1998-99) - compiling a record of 266-297 (.472). April 30 is the 120th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (121st in leap years), with 245 days remaining, as the last day in April. ... 1945 (MCMXLV) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1945 calendar). ... Takoma Park is a city in Montgomery County, Maryland. ... Official language(s) None Capital Annapolis Largest city Baltimore Area  Ranked 42nd  - Total 12,417 sq. ... In the baseball game, the coach is a member of the team at bat stationed near first or third base to signal and direct the runners and batters. ... In baseball, the head coach of a team is called the manager; this individual controls matters of team strategy on the field and team leadership. ... Major League Baseball (MLB) is the highest level of play in professional baseball in the world. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901-present) Central Division (1994-present) West Division (1969-1993) Major league titles World Series titles (3) 1991 â€¢ 1987 â€¢ 1924 AL Pennants (6) 1991 â€¢ 1987 â€¢ 1965 â€¢ 1933 1925 â€¢ 1924 Central Division titles (3) 2004 â€¢ 2003 â€¢ 2002 West Division titles (4) 1991 â€¢ 1987 â€¢ 1970 â€¢ 1969 Wild... Major league affiliations American League (1901-present) East Division (1969-present) Major league titles World Series titles (3) 1983 â€¢ 1970 â€¢ 1966 AL Pennants (7) 1983 â€¢ 1979 â€¢ 1971 â€¢ 1970 1969 â€¢ 1966 â€¢ 1944 East Division titles (8) 1997 â€¢ 1983 â€¢ 1979 â€¢ 1974 1973 â€¢ 1971 â€¢ 1970 â€¢ 1969 Wild card berths (1) 1996 Major league...


A righthanded pitcher, Miller signed his first professional contract with the Cleveland Indians in 1964. Despite winning 16 games with Reno of the Class A California League in 1968, Miller never reached the major leagues as a player, although he made it to Class AAA with Portland of the Pacific Coast League, Wichita of the American Association and Rochester of the International League from 1969-73. In his final season at Rochester, he was a player-coach, and then became minor league pitching instructor for the Red Wings' parent club, the Orioles, from 1974-77. A baseball pitcher delivers the ball to home plate In baseball, the pitcher is the player who throws the baseball from the pitchers mound toward the catcher to begin each play, with the goal of retiring a batter who attempts to either make contact with it or draw a... Major league affiliations American League (1901-present) Central Division (1994-present) East Division (1969-1993) Major league titles World Series titles (2) 1948 â€¢ 1920 AL Pennants (5) 1997 â€¢ 1995 â€¢ 1954 â€¢ 1948 1920 Central Division titles (6) [1] 2001 â€¢ 1999 â€¢ 1998 â€¢ 1997 1996 â€¢ 1995 Wild card berths (0) None [1] - In... See also: 1963 in sports, other events of 1964, 1965 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Athletics March 6 – Tom OHara sets a new world record for the indoor mile run by completing it in 3 minutes, 56. ... City nickname: The Biggest Little City in the World Downtown Reno at night Founded May 13, 1868 County Washoe County Mayor Bob Cashell Area  - Total  - Land  - Water 179. ... The California League is a minor league baseball league which operates throughout the state of California. ... See also: 1967 in sports, other events of 1968, 1969 in sports and the list of years in sports. // General sporting events 1968 Summer Olympics takes place in Mexico City, Mexico United States wins the most medals (107), and the most gold medals (45). ... The Portland Beavers are a minor league baseball team which, along with the Los Angeles Angels, Oakland Oaks, Sacramento Solons, San Francisco Seals, and Seattle Indians, was a charter member of the Pacific Coast League which was founded in 1903. ... The Pacific Coast League (PCL) is a minor league baseball league operating in the West and Midwest of the United States. ... Nickname: Air Capital Official website: http://www. ... The American Association was a minor baseball league at the Class AAA (Triple-A) level of baseball in the United States from 1902 to 1962 and 1969 to 1997. ... The Rochester Red Wings are a minor league baseball team based in Rochester, New York. ... The International League (IL) is a minor league baseball league which operates in the eastern United States and Canada. ...


At the close of the 1977 season, Miller agreed to join the coaching staff of the Texas Rangers, whose manager was former Baltimore coach Billy Hunter. But in January 1978, the Orioles' pitching coach position opened unexpectedly when George Bamberger was named skipper of the Milwaukee Brewers. Miller was let out of his Ranger contract and succeeded Bamberger as mound tutor of the pennant-contending Orioles. He worked under managers Earl Weaver and Joe Altobelli and coached for O's teams that won the 1979 American League championship and the 1983 world title. Miller tutored 20-game-winning pitchers such as Mike Flanagan, Steve Stone and Scott McGregor during that period. See also: 1976 in sports, other events of 1977, 1978 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto racing Stock car racing: NASCAR Championship - Cale Yarborough Cale Yarborough won the Daytona 500 USAC Racing - Tom Sneva wins the season championship Indianapolis 500 - won by A.J. Foyt. ... Major league affiliations American League (1961-present) West Division (1972-present) East Division (1969-1971) Major league titles World Series titles (0) None AL Pennants (0) None West Division titles (3) [1] 1999 â€¢ 1998 â€¢ 1996 Wild card berths (0) None [1] - In 1994, a players strike wiped out the last... Gordon William Hunter (born June 4, 1928 in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania) is a retired American shortstop, coach and manager in Major League Baseball. ... See also: 1977 in sports, other events of 1978, 1979 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto racing USAC - A J Foyt won final season championship under USAC. CART, Championship Auto Racing Teams open wheel racing established in the United States. ... George Irvin Bamberger (August 1, 1923 - April 4, 2004) was a Major League Baseball pitcher for the 1951-1952 New York Giants and the 1959 Baltimore Orioles. ... Major league affiliations National League (1998-present) Central Division (1998-present) American League (1969-1997) Central Division (1994-1997) East Division (1972-1993) West Division (1969-1971) Major league titles World Series titles (0) None NL Pennants (0) None AL Pennants (1) 1982 Central Division titles (0) None AL East... Earl Sidney Weaver (born August 14, 1930 in St. ... Joseph Salvatore Altobelli (born May 26, 1932, Detroit, Michigan) is a former player, manager and coach in American Major League Baseball. ... 1979 World Series Logo The 1979 World Series matched the National Leagues Pittsburgh Pirates (98-64) against the American Leagues Baltimore Orioles (102-57), with the Pirates coming back from a 3 games to 1 deficit to win the Series in seven games. ... The 1983 World Series matched the American League champion Baltimore Orioles against the National League champion Philadelphia Phillies, with the Orioles winning four games to one. ... Mike Flanagan can refer to different people: Mike Flanagan (American Football player) Mike Flanagan (baseball player) This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... There are several famous people named Steve Stone: Steve Stone (baseball player), an American baseball player Steve Stone (footballer), an English football (soccer) player This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Scott Houston McGregor (born January 18, 1954 Inglewood, California - ) was a pitcher with a 13 year career from 1976 to 1988. ...


The success of the Orioles' pitching staff made Miller a sought-after managerial candidate and on June 21, 1985, he received his first opportunity. Billy Gardner, who had led the Twins to a disappointing 27-35 record, was fired and Miller took control of the young Twins' ballclub. Although the Twins improved to 50-50 over the remainder of the season, the Twins performed so poorly (59-80, .424) in 1986, Miller was replaced as skipper by Tom Kelly on September 12. See also: 1984 in sports, other events of 1985, 1986 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing Stock car racing: Bill Elliott won the Daytona 500 NASCAR Championship - Darrell Waltrip Ken Schrader enters NASCAR CART Racing - Al Unser Sr won the season championship Indianapolis 500 - Danny... William Frederick Gardner (born July 19, 1927 in Waterford, Connecticut) is an American former Major League Baseball player. ... See also: 1985 in sports, other events of 1986, 1987 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing Stock car racing: Geoff Bodine won the Daytona 500 NASCAR Championship - Dale Earnhardt CART Racing - Bobby Rahal Indianapolis 500 - Bobby Rahal Formula One Championship - Alain Prost of France 24... Jay Thomas Kelly (born August 15, 1950 in Graceville, Minnesota) is the former manager of the Minnesota Twins baseball team from 1986 to 2001. ...


He then returned to the coaching ranks, spending ten seasons as pitching mentor of the Pittsburgh Pirates (1987-96) working for Jim Leyland and one (1997) back in Baltimore under Davey Johnson. When Johnson resigned at the close of the Orioles’ AL East Division championship season, Miller replaced him as manager. But over two seasons (1998-99), the Orioles played ten games under the .500 level, and he was fired in favor of Mike Hargrove in the autumn of 1999. Major league affiliations National League (1887-present) Central Division (1994-present) East Division (1969-1993) American Association (1882-1886) Major league titles World Series titles (5) 1979 â€¢ 1971 â€¢ 1960 â€¢ 1925 1909 NL Pennants (9) 1979 â€¢ 1971 â€¢ 1960 â€¢ 1927 1925 â€¢ 1909 â€¢ 1903 â€¢ 1902 1901 Central Division titles (0) None East Division... Jim Leyland (born December 15, 1944) is a Major League Baseball manager for the Detroit Tigers. ... See also: 1996 in sports, other events of 1997, 1998 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing Stock car racing: Jeff Gordon is the youngest driver ever to win the Daytona 500 on February 16 NASCAR Championship - Jeff Gordon Indy Racing League - Indianapolis 500 - Arie Luyendyk... David Allen Johnson (born January 30, 1943) in Orlando, Florida is a former second baseman and manager in Major League Baseball. ... The American League East Division is one of Major League Baseballs six divisions. ... Dudley Michael Hargrove (born October 26, 1949 in Perryton, Texas) is a former Major League Baseball player and manager. ...


Miller returned as pitching coach of the Orioles in 2004-05 and the Baltimore mound staff showed improvement under his tutelage. But Miller was forced to the sidelines by successful surgery to repair an aneurysm and was succeeded in that role by Leo Mazzone in 2006. Leo Mazzone (born October 16, 1948 in Keyser, West Virginia) is a former pitcher in minor league baseball and a coach in Major League Baseball. ...


References

  • Howard M. Balzer, ed. The Baseball Register, 1980 edition. St. Louis: The Sporting News.
Preceded by:
Billy Gardner
Minnesota Twins Manager
1985-1986
Succeeded by:
Tom Kelly
Preceded by:
Davey Johnson
Baltimore Orioles Manager
1998-1999
Succeeded by:
Mike Hargrove

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Ray Miller | BaseballLibrary.com (630 words)
Miller's pitching staffs were consistently reliable, as every year during his tenure (except for the strike-shortened season) at least four of his pitchers won at least ten games.
Miller returned to the scene of his greatest successes in 1997 by once again claiming the Orioles' pitching coach job, and was instrumental in molding a strong Baltimore staff that led the club to its first division title since 1983.
Miller's tenure with the Orioles all but confirmed his reputation in the baseball community as a first-rate pitching coach who wasn't cut from managerial timber.
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