Bob L. Miller – His New York Mets Career 1962,1973,1974

bob-l-millerRight handed pitcher Bob L. Miller was selected by the Mets in the 1961 expansion draft from the St Louis Cardinals.  Miller, who had mild success with the Cardinals, was one of two Bob Millers on the Mets 1962 roster.  To avoid any confusion Mets Manager Casey Stengel called Bob L. Miller, “Nelson”, though no one really understood why he chose that name when he could have just referred to him as Righty Miller since the other Miller was a left hander.   I guess just a case of Casey being Casey.

“Nelson” was the better of the two Millers, though you wouldn’t know it by looking at his record.  Bob Miller made his Mets debut on April 21st starting against the Pittsburgh Pirates, a game he would lose 8-4.   He would go on to pitch in 33 games for the Mets in 1962, splitting time between the starting rotation and the bullpen, losing his first 12 decisions.  His only win of the season came in his last appearance of the year, a complete game victory over the Chicago Cubs where he allowed just one run in the 2-1 victory.  He finished the season with a 1-12 record and 4.89 ERA in 143 2/3 innings pitched.

Despite his record the Los Angeles Dodgers saw something they liked and traded for Miller in the off-season in exchange for infielders Tim Harkness and Larry Burright.  In his first season in LA he finished with a 10-8 record.  After five seasons with the Dodgers, in which he helped the Dodgers win a World Championship in 1965, Miller bounced around from the Minnesota Twins to the Cleveland Indians to the Chicago White Sox to the Chicago Cubs to the San Diego Padres to the Pittsburgh Pirates and finally the Detroit Tigers before finding his way back to the Mets in 1973, winning 57 games along the way.

With the Mets in the midst of a pennant race in 1973 they purchased Miller’s contract from the Detroit Tigers on September 23rd, he would appear in just one game for the Mets throwing one inning of scoreless relief against the Montreal Expos on September 26th, a game the Mets lost 8-5.  The Mets would eventually reach the World Series, but Miller was ineligible for the postseason roster.

Bob Miller returned to the Mets for the 1974 season and led the pitching staff in appearances with 58, all out of the bullpen.  He had a solid season as a middle reliever posting a 2-2 record with two saves with a 3.58 ERA in 78 innings pitched. 

After the Mets released Miller following the season he retired from pitching. His final Met numbers were a 3-14 record with a 4.41 ERA in 222 2/3 innings pitched over 92 games.

While with the Mets Miller wore number 24 in 1962 and number 30 in 1973 and 74.

Bob L. Miller also played for the following teams:
St, Louis Cardinals – 1957, 1959-1961
Los Angeles Dodgers – 1963-1967
Minnesota Twins – 1968,1969
Cleveland Indians – 1970
Chicago White Sox – 1970
Chicago Cubs – 1970
San Diego Padres – 1971,1973
Pittsburgh Pirates – 1971,1972
Detroit Tigers – 1973

 

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