Jai Miller, a 27-year-old outfielder who played briefly in the majors for the Royals, A’s, and Marlins, is quitting baseball to play college football at the University of Alabama.
Miller was the Marlins’ fourth-round pick out of high school in 2003 and opted for baseball over football then, but after 10 seasons in the minors and only 68 at-bats in the majors he’s making the switch.
Back in 2003 he had offers from numerous big-time football programs, including Alabama, and officially committed to Stanford before going pro as a baseball player. According to BamaOnline.com the 6-foot-2, 220-pound Miller is expected to play defensive back for Nick Saban.
Fellow second basemen Javier Baez of the Cubs and D.J. LeMahieu of the Rockies got into a disagreement in the top of the third inning of Sunday’s game at Coors Field over sign-stealing.
LeMahieu reached on a fielder’s choice ground out, then advanced to second base on Charlie Blackmon‘s single. While Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story were batting, Baez was concerned that LeMahieu was relaying the Cubs’ signs to his teammates. Baez decided to stand in front of LeMahieu to block any information he might have been giving to Arenado and Story. LeMahieu got irritated and the two jawed at each other for a bit. Umpires Vic Carapazza and Greg Gibson had to intervene to tell Baez to knock it off.
There has always been a back-and-forth with alleged sign-stealing. As long as teams aren’t using technology to steal signs, it’s fair game for players to relay information to their teammates about the opposing team’s signs. Last year, MLB determined the Red Sox went against the rules and used technology — an Apple watch in this case — to steal signs from the Yankees. Other teams in the past have been accused of using binoculars from the bullpen to steal signs. In this particular case with Baez and LeMahieu, there was no foul play going on, just Baez trying to make the Rockies cede what he perceived to be their slight competitive advantage.
The Cubs went on to beat the Rockies 9-7 on Sunday.