Well-respected pitching coach Ray Miller, who also managed the Minnesota Twins and Baltimore Orioles, died on Wednesday at age 76.
No cause of death was immediately announced.
Miller served three stints as the Orioles’ pitching coach and was inducted into the team’s Hall of Fame in 2010. He also went 157-167 in two seasons as Baltimore’s manager (1998-99).
Miller went 109-130 in parts of two seasons (1985-86) as manager of the Twins for an overall managerial record of 266-297.
Miller became revered for his work with Baltimore pitchers such as Hall of Famer Jim Palmer, Mike Flanagan, Scott McGregor, Steve Stone and Mike Boddicker during his first stint as pitching coach from 1978-85. All five hurlers posted 20-win seasons under Miller’s tutelage and Flanagan (1979) and Stone (1980) were American League Cy Young winners.
“His legacy will forever be enshrined in our organization’s history, having guided some of the greatest Orioles pitchers,” the Orioles said in a statement posted on Twitter. “… We send our deepest condolences to his beloved family and his many fans throughout our great game.”
Miller also was Baltimore’s pitching coach in 1997 and from 2004-05.
The Twins also paid tribute to Miller.
“The Minnesota Twins are deeply saddened by the loss of Ray Miller,” the team said in its statement. “We send our condolences to the entire Miller family, as well as the other major league organizations that were impacted by his long career as a respected coach and mentor.”
Miller also spent 10 seasons (1987-96) as pitching coach of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Doug Drabek won the 1990 National League Cy Young award during Miller’s stint in the Steel City.
“Ray Miller was a beloved member of the Pirates organization for 10 seasons whose passion and dedication played an instrumental role in the team’s three straight Postseason appearances from 1990-92,” the Pirates said. “He was respected not only as a pitching coach by players in the Pirates organization, but also throughout the entire game of baseball.
“We are saddened to hear of his passing and offer our thoughts and prayers to his family during this difficult time.”
–Field Level Media