Batting average (baseball)
In baseball, the batting average is defined by the number of hits divided by at bats. It is reported to three decimal places and read without the decimal: A player with a batting average of.300 is "batting three-hundred." If necessary to break ties, batting averages could be taken beyond the.001 measurement. In this context, a.001 is considered a "point," such that a.235 batter is 5 points higher than a.230 batter. Henry Chadwick, an English statistician raised on cricket, was an influential figure in the early history of baseball. In the late 19th century he adapted the concept behind the cricket batting average to devise a similar statistic for baseball. Rather than copy cricket's formulation of runs scored divided by outs, he realized that hits divided by at bats would provide a better measure of individual batting ability; this is because while in cricket, scoring runs is entirely dependent on one's own batting skill, in baseball it is dependent on having other good hitters on one's team.
Chadwick noted that hits are independent of teammates' skills, so used this as the basis for the baseball batting average. His reason for using at bats rather than outs is less obvious, but it leads to the intuitive idea of the batting average being a percentage reflecting how a batter gets on base, whereas hits divided by outs is not as simple to interpret in real terms. In modern times, a season batting average higher than.300 is considered to be excellent, an average higher than.400 a nearly unachievable goal. The last player to do so, with enough plate appearances to qualify for the batting championship, was Ted Williams of the Boston Red Sox, who hit.406 in 1941, though the best modern players either threaten to or do achieve it if only for brief periods of time. There have been numerous attempts to explain the disappearance of the.400 hitter, with one of the more rigorous discussions of this question appearing in Stephen Jay Gould's 1996 book Full House. Ty Cobb holds the record for highest career batting average with.366, 9 points higher than Rogers Hornsby who has the second highest average in history at.358.
The record for lowest career batting average for a player with more than 2,500 at-bats belongs to Bill Bergen, a catcher who played from 1901 to 1911 and recorded a.170 average in 3,028 career at-bats. The modern-era record for highest batting average for a season is held by Nap Lajoie, who hit.426 in 1901, the first year of play for the American League. The modern-era record for lowest batting average for a player that qualified for the batting title is held by Chris Davis, who hit.168 in 2018. While finishing six plate appearances short of qualifying for the batting title, Adam Dunn of the Chicago White Sox hit.159 for the 2011 season, nine points lower than the record. The highest batting average for a rookie was.408 in 1911 by Shoeless Joe Jackson. For non-pitchers, a batting average below.230 is considered poor, one below.200 is unacceptable. This latter level is sometimes referred to as "The Mendoza Line", named for Mario Mendoza, a stellar defensive shortstop whose defensive capabilities just made up for his offensive shortcomings.
The league batting average in Major League Baseball for 2016 was.255, the all-time league average is between.260 and.275. In rare instances, MLB players have concluded their careers with a perfect batting average of 1.000. John Paciorek had three hits in all three of his turns at bat. Esteban Yan went two-for-two, including a home run. Hal Deviney's two hits in his only plate appearances included a triple, while Steve Biras, Mike Hopkins, Chet Kehn, Jason Roach and Fred Schemanske went two-for-two. A few dozen others have hit safely in their one and only career at-bat. Sabermetrics, the study of baseball statistics, considers batting average a weak measure of performance because it does not correlate as well as other measures to runs scored, thereby causing it to have little predictive value. Batting average does not take into account walks or power, whereas other statistics such as on-base percentage and slugging percentage have been designed to measure such concepts. Adding these statistics together form a player's On-base plus slugging or "OPS".
This is seen as a much better, though not perfect, indicator of a player's overall batting ability as it is a measure of hitting for average, hitting for power and drawing bases on balls. In 1887, Major League Baseball counted bases on balls as hits; this skyrocketed batting averages, including some near.500, the experiment was abandoned the following season. The Major League Baseball batting averages championships is awarded annually to the player in each league who has the highest batting average. Ty Cobb holds the MLB record for most batting titles winning 11 in his pro career; the National League record of 8 batting titles is shared by Tony Gwynn. Most of Cobb's career and all of Wagner's career took place in what is known as the Dead-Ball Era, characterized by higher batting averages and much less power, whereas Gwynn's career took place in the Live-Ball Era. To determine which players are eligible to win the batting title, the following conditions have been used over the sport's history: Pre-1920 – A player is required to appear in at least 100 or more games when the schedule was 154 games, 90 games when the schedule was 140 games.
An exception to the rule was made for Ty Cobb in 1914, who appeared in 98 games but had a big lead and was a favorite of League President Ban Johnson. 1920–1949 – A player had to appear in 100 games to qualify in the National League.
Aaron Helmer Sele is an American former Major League Baseball right-handed pitcher, a special assignment scout for the Chicago Cubs. His family moved to Poulsbo, Washington, a Scandinavian town on the Kitsap Peninsula, where he pitched for North Kitsap High School, he helped lead the North Kitsap Vikings to the 1988 state championship. Sele was drafted out of high school in the 37th round by the Minnesota Twins, but he chose to attend Washington State University where he played college baseball for the Cougars and head coach Bobo Brayton. Another incoming freshman was catcher Scott Hatteberg. During Sele and Hatteberg's three years at Washington State, they won three conference titles. In Sele's sophomore year, 1990, the Cougars ended. Sele won his first seven decisions and finished at 12-3 with 2.22 ERA. He was named a third-team All-American by Baseball America. In the summer of 1990, Sele pitched for Team USA and, in one game, shut out the Cuba on three hits and eight strikeouts. Sele was selected by the Boston Red Sox in the first-round of the 1991 Major League Baseball draft.
He had a team-best 4 complete games at Winter Haven and pitched in the Florida Instructional League. He was a co-winner of the Tony Latham Memorial Award for player with the most enthusiasm. Sele advanced through the Red Sox farm system, with stops at Lynchburg and New Britain in 1992. Sele began his third pro season with Triple-A Pawtucket and pitched a one-hit 7-inning shutout in his first Triple-A start on April 10 at Columbus and was 4-0, 1.98 in final 6 starts. He was purchased from Pawtucket on June 22, 1993. Sele defeated 3-1 in his major league debut on June 23 at Fenway Park, he struck out future Hall of Fame member Dave Winfield for his first major league strikeout. Sele was 2.72 in his first 8 MLB starts. He was the third Red Sox rookie to win as many as his first 6 decisions; this streak ended on August 12 against the New York Yankees. He had 7 consecutive no decisions, August 22-September 22, despite a 2.38 ERA in that span, fanned 11 on September 28 against the Detroit Tigers. He allowed 3 or fewer held opponents to a. 237 batting average.
Despite making only 18 starts, he was selected as the AL Rookie Pitcher of the Year by The Sporting News and the Red Sox Rookie of the Year. He finished 3rd in BBWAA AL Rookie of the Year voting and was named to Major League Rookie All-Star team by Baseball Digest and named International League pitcher of the year and the starting pitcher on the IL's post-season all-star team by Baseball America. On September 6 while pitching against the White Sox in Chicago, Sele was involved in one of baseball's more memorable fights. After two consecutive inside pitches, George Bell charged the mound. Sele, seeming to have a plan, did not move. At the last second, Sele ducked to his left as Bell threw the punch and the burly Mo Vaughn, having rushed to the mound from first base, ran into Bell. Bell flipped backwards, crashing to the ground as both of the benches emptied and the teams made their way to the mound. In 1994, Sele finished 2nd on the Red Sox staff in starts, complete games and strikeouts and tied for 2nd in wins.
He went 5-1, 2.29 in 1st 8 starts through May 18 before going 3-6, 4.79 in final 14 outings despite allowing 3 or fewer earned runs in 8 of final 14 games. His complete games May 11 against Milwaukee and May 18 in Baltimore. Sele was the Opening Day starter in 1995, April 26 against Minnesota, worked 5 scoreless innings in a 9-0 victory, he made just six starts, going 3-1, 3.06 and allowing right-handed batters to hit just.194. He experienced soreness in his right arm after start on May 23 at Seattle and was placed on the 15-day disabled list on June 2, he made 2 rehab starts each at Sarasota and Pawtucket from June 21-August 22, going 0-1, 3.60 but continued to experience soreness and was moved to the 60-day disabled list for the remainder of the season on August 31. In 1996, Sele ranked fourth on the Boston staff in starts, innings and wins, he was placed on the 15-day disabled list on August 16 with a strained muscle in his left rib cage and made one start on rehab assignment on August 26 for Pawtucket before being activated on September 1.
Sele led the Red Sox in 1997 in starts while ranking third in innings and strikeouts. He was 4-1, 3.72 in his first 7 starts through May and 4-1, 3.93 in a span of 5 outings from June 12 to July 3. He held right-handed batters to a.224 average, 7th best among AL starters, tied his then-career high with 11 strikeouts on July 12 against Toronto. He was among the league leaders in hit batters and runs allowed and allowed the most baserunners per 9 innings among AL starters. Sele was traded to the Texas Rangers with Mark Bradenburg and Bill Haselman on November 6, 1997, for Damon Buford and Jim Leyritz. Sele tied for 4th in the AL with a career-high 19 wins in 1998, matching the 4th most in Rangers' history, he tied for 5th in the league with 2 shutouts, set career highs for complete games and innings pitched and led the majors with 13 victories at home. His first 2 career complete game shutouts came in a span of 3 starts, a 3-hitter on April 9 in Chicago and a 4-hitter on April 21 against Tampa Bay, the 2 lowest-hit complete games of his big league career.
He won his first 5 starts of the season, going 5-0, 2.00 through April 26. This streak ended with a loss in Boston on May 1, snapping an overall 6-game wi
Manuel Arístides Ramírez Onelcida is a Dominican-American former professional baseball outfielder. He played in Major League Baseball for parts of 19 seasons, he played with the Cleveland Indians, Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago White Sox, Tampa Bay Rays before playing one season in the Chinese Professional Baseball League. Ramirez is recognized for having had great batting power, he was a nine-time Silver Slugger. His 21 grand slams are third all-time, his 29 postseason home runs are the most in MLB history, he appeared in 12 All-Star Games, with a streak of eleven consecutive games beginning in 1998 that included every season that he played with the Red Sox. Ramirez was born in Dominican Republic; when he was 13 years old, he moved to New York City with his parents and Aristides. He became a baseball standout, he was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in 13th overall. He made his MLB debut on September 2, 1993. In 1994, Ramirez became a major league regular, finished second in voting for the Rookie of the Year Award.
By 1995, he had become an All-Star. He was with the Indians in playoff appearances in 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999. In 1999, Ramirez set the Indians' single-season RBIs record with 165 RBIs. After the 2000 season, Ramirez signed with the Boston Red Sox. During his time in Boston and teammate David Ortiz became one of the best offensive tandems in baseball history. Ramirez led the Red Sox to World Series Championships in 2004 and 2007 before being traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2008 as part of a three team deal that involved the Pittsburgh Pirates. In 2009 Ramirez was suspended 50 games for violating baseball's drug policy by taking human chorionic gonadotropin, a women's fertility drug, taken after steroids. In the spring of 2011, Ramirez was informed by MLB of another violation of its drug policy, a 100-game suspension, he chose to retire on April 8 rather than be suspended. However, in September 2011, Ramirez wished to be reinstated and agreed in December with the league to a reduced 50-game suspension.
Though he played at various points in the Oakland Athletics, Texas Rangers, Chicago Cubs systems, as well as internationally, Ramirez did not appear in another Major League game. Known as a complete hitter who could hit for both power and average, regarded as one of the best right handed hitters of his generation, Ramirez finished his career with a lifetime.312 batting average, 555 home runs, 1,831 RBI. Ramirez was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic to Aristides and Onelcida Ramirez and spent thirteen years living there; as a child, Ramirez was obsessed with baseball. When he was eight years old, his grandmother got him a Dodgers uniform with the number 30 on the back, which he considers to be one of his most prized possessions. In 1985, he moved to the Washington Heights neighborhood of New York City with his parents, he played ball at the nearby Snake Hill, the same place Lou Gehrig played during his childhood. Despite living just a short distance from Yankee Stadium, Ramirez rooted for the Toronto Blue Jays and watched games when the Blue Jays were in town.
Ramirez attended George Washington High School from 1987 to 1991, leaving at the age of 19 without graduating. During his time on the team, GWHS was seeing a large increase in the number of immigrants; this was apparent, as GWHS's baseball team was composed of Dominicans. As a youth, Ramirez preferred to not be the center of attention and was very modest. During his time at GWHS, he led his team to three straight division championships, he was a three-time all-city selection in baseball, as a high school senior was named New York City Public School Player of the Year in 1991, hitting for a.650 batting average with 14 home runs in 22 games. He was inducted into the New York City Public School Athletic Hall of Fame in 1999; the Cleveland Indians selected Ramirez with the 13th pick of the 1991 draft and gave him a $250,000 signing bonus. He was assigned to the Rookie-level Burlington Indians for his professional debut, he was named the Appalachian League MVP and was selected by Baseball America as short-season Player of the Year while slugging 19 homers and driving in 63 runs in 59 games, while leading the league in slugging and total bases.
With the Single-A Kinston Indians in 1992, Ramirez battled injuries but still hit.278 with 13 homers and 63 RBIs in 81 games and was named as the number three prospect and the "Most Exciting Player in the Carolina League" by Baseball America. In 1993, Ramirez was named "Minor League Player of the Year" by Baseball America while hitting.333 with 31 homers and 115 RBIs in 129 combined games with the Double-A Canton–Akron Indians and Triple-A Charlotte Knights. Ramirez made his major league debut on September 2, 1993 against the Minnesota Twins, going hitless in four at bats as the designated hitter; the following day, when the Indians took on the New York Yankees, Ramirez went 3 for 4 with his first two home runs, with many of his family and friends in attendance at Yankee Stadium. His first career home run was hit against Mélido Pérez. However, rather humorously, his first MLB hit off Perez was a ground rule double that bounced into the left field seats as left fielder Paul O'Neill pursued it.
Ramirez, seeing the ball in the seats, continued running thinking he had hit a home run, before returning to second base while his teammates ribbed him. After flying out to O'Neill in his next plate appearance, Ramirez homered in his final two at bats. In 1994, his first full season in t
In baseball, a home run is scored when the ball is hit in such a way that the batter is able to circle the bases and reach home safely in one play without any errors being committed by the defensive team in the process. In modern baseball, the feat is achieved by hitting the ball over the outfield fence between the foul poles without first touching the ground, resulting in an automatic home run. There is the "inside-the-park" home run where the batter reaches home safely while the baseball is in play on the field; when a home run is scored, the batter is credited with a hit and a run scored, an RBI for each runner that scores, including himself. The pitcher is recorded as having given up a hit, a run for each runner that scores including the batter. Home runs are among the most popular aspects of baseball and, as a result, prolific home run hitters are the most popular among fans and the highest paid by teams—hence the old saying, "Home run hitters drive Cadillacs, singles hitters drive Fords.
In modern times a home run is most scored when the ball is hit over the outfield wall between the foul poles before it touches the ground, without being caught or deflected back onto the field by a fielder. A batted ball is a home run if it touches either foul pole or its attached screen before touching the ground, as the foul poles are by definition in fair territory. Additionally, many major-league ballparks have ground rules stating that a batted ball in flight that strikes a specified location or fixed object is a home run. In professional baseball, a batted ball that goes over the outfield wall after touching the ground becomes an automatic double; this is colloquially referred to as a "ground rule double" because the rule is not written into the rules of baseball, but is rather a rule of the field being used. A fielder is allowed to reach over the wall to attempt to catch the ball as long as his feet are on or over the field during the attempt, if the fielder catches the ball while it is in flight the batter is out if the ball had passed the vertical plane of the wall.
However, since the fielder is not part of the field, a ball that bounces off a fielder and over the wall without touching the ground is still a home run. A fielder may not deliberately throw his glove, cap, or any other equipment or apparel to stop or deflect a fair ball, an umpire may award a home run to the batter if a fielder does so on a ball that, in the umpire's judgment, would have otherwise been a home run. A home run accomplished in any of the above manners is an automatic home run; the ball is dead if it rebounds back onto the field, the batter and any preceding runners cannot be put out at any time while running the bases. However, if one or more runners fail to touch a base or one runner passes another before reaching home plate, that runner or runners can be called out on appeal, though in the case of not touching a base a runner can go back and touch it if doing so won't cause them to be passed by another preceding runner and they have not yet touched the next base; this stipulation is in Approved Ruling of Rule 7.10.
An inside-the-park home run occurs when a batter hits the ball into play and is able to circle the bases before the fielders can put him out. Unlike with an outside-the-park home run, the batter-runner and all preceding runners are liable to be put out by the defensive team at any time while running the bases; this can only happen. In the early days of baseball, outfields were much more spacious, reducing the likelihood of an over-the-fence home run, while increasing the likelihood of an inside-the-park home run, as a ball getting past an outfielder had more distance that it could roll before a fielder could track it down. Modern outfields are much less spacious and more uniformly designed than in the game's early days, therefore inside-the-park home runs are now a rarity, they occur when a fast runner hits the ball deep into the outfield and the ball bounces in an unexpected direction away from the nearest outfielder, or an outfielder misjudges the flight of the ball in a way that he cannot recover from the mistake.
The speed of the runner is crucial as triples are rare in most modern ballparks. If any defensive play on an inside-the-park home run is labeled an error by the official scorer, a home run is not scored. All runs scored on such a play, still count. An example of an unexpected bounce occurred during the 2007 Major League Baseball All-Star Game at AT&T Park in San Francisco on July 10, 2007. Ichiro Suzuki of the American League team hit a fly ball that caromed off the right-center field wall in the opposite direction from where National League right fielder Ken Griffey, Jr. was expecting it to go. By the time the ball was relayed, Ichiro had crossed the plate standing up; this was the first inside-the-park home run in All-Star Game history, led to Suzu
Justin Thompson (baseball)
Justin Ray Thompson is a former Major League Baseball pitcher who played for the Detroit Tigers from 1996 to 1999 and the Texas Rangers in 2005. Thompson was drafted out of high school in the first round of the 1991 MLB draft and started his career in Detroit Tigers minor league system. Thompson started his pro career with the rookie class Bristol Tigers of the Appalachian League in 1991. Thompson moved up to class "A" the next year joining the South Atlantic League's Fayetteville Generals in 1992. In 1993 Thompson split time in A and AA, playing with the Lakeland Tigers of the Florida State League and the Eastern League's London Tigers, he made his Major League debut in 1996. He was selected to the American League All-Star team in 1997, at the age of 24, during a 15 win, 11 loss season, in which he finished fifth in the league with a 3.02 ERA. Injury problems, sent him to the minor leagues soon after his start. Thompson was traded by the Tigers to the Rangers in an eight player trade after the 1999 season which involved Juan González being sent to Detroit.
He spent six seasons in the Minors with the Rangers organization, including a missed 2001 season due to a torn rotator cuff suffered in 2000, before playing in the Majors again for two games in 2005. Thompson elected free agency after the 2005 season and subsequently signed a minor league contract with the Milwaukee Brewers in December 2005. In May 2006, he retired after playing eight games for the Brewers's Triple-A affiliate, the Nashville Sounds. Best pitching seasons by a Detroit Tiger Baseball-Reference The Baseball Cube
St. Louis Cardinals
The St. Louis Cardinals are an American professional baseball team based in St. Louis, Missouri; the Cardinals compete in Major League Baseball as a member club of the National League Central division. Busch Stadium has been their home ballpark since 2006. One of the most successful franchises in baseball history, the Cardinals have won 11 World Series championships, the second-most in Major League Baseball and the most in the National League, their 19 National League pennants rank third in NL history. In addition, St. Louis has won 13 division titles in the Central divisions. While still in the old American Association, named as the St. Louis Browns, the team won four AA league championships, qualifying them to play in the professional baseball championship tournament of that era, they tied in 1885 and won outright in 1886 and lost in 1888 for the early trophy Hall Cup versus the New York Giants. The others both times against the Chicago Cubs, in the first meetings of the Cardinals–Cubs rivalry between nearby cities of St. Louis and Chicago that continues to this day.
With origins as one of the early professional baseball clubs in St. Louis and the nation, entrepreneur Chris von der Ahe purchased a barnstorming club in 1881 known as the Brown Stockings, established them as charter members of the old American Association base ball league which played 1882 to 1891, the following season. Upon the discontinuation of the AA, St. Louis joined the continuing National League of Professional Base Ball Clubs known as the National League, in 1892. Cardinals achievements that have impacted MLB and sports events in general include manager/owner Branch Rickey's pioneering of the farm system, Rogers Hornsby's two batting Triple Crowns, Dizzy Dean's 30-win season in 1934, Stan Musial's 17 MLB and 29 NL records, Bob Gibson's 1.12 earned run average in 1968, Whitey Herzog's Whiteyball, Mark McGwire breaking the single-season home run record in 1998, the 2011 championship team's unprecedented comebacks. The Cardinals have won 105 or more games in four different seasons and won 100 or more a total of nine times.
Cardinals players have won 20 league MVPs, four batting Triple Crowns, three Cy Young Awards. Baseball Hall of Fame inductees include Lou Brock, Dizzy Dean, Bob Gibson, Whitey Herzog, Rogers Hornsby, Joe Medwick, Stan Musial, Branch Rickey, Red Schoendienst, Ozzie Smith, Bruce Sutter. In 2018, Forbes valued the Cardinals at $1.9 billion, making them the 7th-most valuable franchise in MLB. Since their purchase in 1995, owner William DeWitt, Jr.'s investment group has seen enormous growth from the $147 million purchase price. John Mozeliak is the President of Baseball Operations, Mike Girsch is the general manager and Mike Shildt is the manager; the Cardinals are renowned for their strong fan support: despite being in one of the sport's mid-level markets, they see attendances among the league's highest, are among the Top 3 in MLB in local television ratings. Professional baseball began in St. Louis with the inception of the Brown Stockings in the National Association in 1875; the NA folded following that season, the next season, St. Louis joined the National League as a charter member, finishing in third place at 45-19.
George Bradley hurled the first no-hitter in Major League history. The NL expelled St. Louis from the league after 1877 due to a game-fixing scandal and the team went bankrupt. Without a league, they continued play as a semi-professional barnstorming team through 1881; the magnitudes of the reorganizations following the 1877 and 1881 seasons are such that the 1875–1877 and 1878–1881 Brown Stockings teams are not considered to share continuity as a franchise with the current St. Louis Cardinals. For the 1882 season, Chris von der Ahe purchased the team, reorganized it, made it a founding member of the American Association, a league to rival the NL. 1882 is considered to be the first year existence of the St. Louis Cardinals; the next season, St. Louis shortened their name to the Browns. Soon thereafter they became the dominant team in the AA, as manager Charlie Comiskey guided St. Louis to four pennants in a row from 1885 to 1888. Pitcher and outfielder Bob Caruthers led the league in ERA and wins in 1885 and finished in the top six in both in each of the following two seasons.
He led the AA in OBP and OPS in 1886 and finished fourth in batting average in 1886 and fifth in 1887. Outfielder Tip O'Neill won the first batting triple crown in franchise history in 1887 and the only one in AA history. By winning the pennant, the Browns played the NL pennant winner in a predecessor of the World Series; the Browns twice met the Chicago White Stockings – the Chicago Cubs prototype – tying one in a heated dispute and winning the other, thus spurring the vigorous St. Louis-Chicago rivalry that ensues to this day. During the franchise's ten seasons in the AA, they compiled an all-time league-high of 780 wins and.639 winning percentage. They lost just 432 contests while tying 21 others; the AA went bankrupt after the 1891 season and the Browns transferred to the National League. This time, the club entered an era of stark futility. Between 1892 and 1919, St. Louis managed just five winning seasons, finis
Trever Douglas Miller is an American former professional baseball pitcher. Miller graduated from Trinity High School, where he was a pitcher and outfielder, in 1991 and was named Kentucky's Mr. Baseball and the Gatorade High School Player of the Year, he was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the 1st round of the 1991 Major League Baseball Draft straight out of high school. Miller began his professional career in 1991 with the rookie level Bristol Tigers, where in 13 starts, he went 2-7 with a 5.67 ERA. In 1992, still with Bristol, Miller lowered his ERA to 4.93 and was promoted to Single-A Fayetteville to begin 1993. With Fayetteville, he again lowered his ERA this time to 4.19 in 28 starts. He was promoted to Double-A Trenton in 1994. 1995 was a breakout year for Miller. Pitching for Double-A Jacksonville, the Tigers' new Double-A affiliate, he went 8-2 with a 2.72 ERA in 31 appearances. Miller's 1995 performance was good enough that he was rated the Tigers' #10 prospect for 1996 and was promoted to Triple-A Toledo.
Miller was a September call-up to the Tigers. He made his major league debut on September 4, 1996, against the Chicago White Sox, pitching 1⅓ innings, giving up 2 earned runs, taking the Loss. On December 10, 1996, Miller was traded to the Houston Astros with Brad Ausmus, José Lima, C. J. Nitkowski, Daryle Ward for Doug Brocail, Brian Hunter, Todd Jones, Orlando Miller. Miller spent all of 1997 with the Triple-A New Orleans Zephyrs and had a 3.30 ERA in 29 games, all but two of them starts. In 1998, he spent the whole year on the major league roster, he did not fare as well in 1999, as his ERA rose by over 2 runs, He was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies during the offseason for Yorkis Pérez. Miller made the Phillies' team out of spring training, but was claimed off waivers by the Los Angeles Dodgers on May 19 and made one appearance for them before being sent to Triple-A Albuquerque, he was recalled and appeared in one more game for Dodgers on June 2 and became a free agent at the end of the season.
On January 22, 2001, he signed a minor league contract with the Boston Red Sox and pitched as both a starter and reliever for Triple-A Pawtucket. He signed with the Cincinnati Reds, he was released by the Reds on September 2002, without appearing in the majors. In 2003, Miller spent the entire year in the majors, he appeared in an American League-high 79 games. He became a free agent after the season and signed with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays where he spent the next two seasons in their bullpen recording ERAs of 3.12 and 4.06. After becoming a free agent after the 2005 season, he signed with the Astros on January 10, 2006. In the next two seasons, Miller appeared in 76 games for Houston. In 2007, Miller broke Scott Aldred's 9-year-old record for most appearances in a season without a decision, he pitched in 76 games without earning a win or taking a loss, shattering the mark Aldred had set at 48 in 1998 as a member of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. On August 3, 2008, Miller won a decision against the Detroit Tigers, ending this modern record at 121 games.
On February 6, 2008, Miller signed a one-year deal with Tampa Bay worth 1.6 million with a team option for 2009 worth 2 million. In 68 games in 2008, Miller had a 4.15 ERA. Miller's option for 2009 was declined following the 2008 season. On December 3, 2008, Miller signed a one-year incentive-laden deal worth $2 million with the St. Louis Cardinals, he made his debut with the Cardinals on Opening Day, April 6, 2009. He relieved with 2 outs in the 6th inning, giving up 2 hits, being charged with a blown save, striking out 2 batters in his 1.0 IP. On July 27, 2011, he was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays along with P. J. Walters, Brian Tallet and Colby Rasmus for Edwin Jackson, Octavio Dotel, Marc Rzepczynski and Corey Patterson, he was designated for assignment after making six appearances in Toronto. Miller was unconditionally released on August 21, he allowed 2 runs over 3.2 innings. On August 30, 2011, he was signed by the Boston Red Sox and designated to Triple-A Pawtucket. On January 30, 2012, Miller signed with the Chicago Cubs in a minor league deal, with a spring training invitation.
On March 26, 2012, the Cubs released Miller. Miller and his wife Pari have three children, including a daughter named Grace who had two holes in her heart when she was born and a genetic disorder so rare that it doesn't have a name. Miller ran his first marathon, the Disney Marathon in January 2009 in a time of 4 hours, 27 minutes, 27 seconds. Trever works with the Kiwanis of Gulf Beaches and St. Petersburg local Pamela McCann in "The Trever Miller Mob 5K/1 Mile" race. February 6, 2010, will mark the race's 2nd year. All proceeds made from the run are donated to the Kiwanis of Gulf Beaches Miracle League, a baseball related charity associated with children with disabilities. Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference Miller player profile page at Scout.com