Thursday 26 July 2012

Matt Miller: One of Every Rockie

Some people get excited for autographs or relics or vintage, I get excited for obscure Rockies cards. After searching Sportlots for a 2003 Fleer Tradition Update #369 for a few months, it finally turned up and I jumped on it for $2.24 shipped. This was a hard on to track down and up until today I have never even seen a scan of it. This one is the glossy version serial numbered to 100 and is the only MLB set with a card of this Matt Miller. One of Every Rockies project now up to 280 out of 316 (88.6%). Matthew Jacob Miller pitched in 4 games for the Rockies from June 27 to July 3 in 2003 as a 31 year old rookie in his 8th pro season. He would go on to pitch in 96 games of relief for the Indians from 2004-2007, finishing his career with a 6-1 record and a 2.72 ERA with 2 saves.

Not to be confused with the other Matt Miller, who is also listed on Baseball reference as Matthew Jacob Miller, was an outfielder drafted by the Rockies in 2004 and played in the Colorado system from 2004-2010 spending two full seasons with Triple-A Colorado Springs and had Rockies cards in 2007 Bowman Heritage and 2009 Bowman Chrome but never reached the Major Leagues. Seriously, what are the odds a team would have two different guys named Matthew Jacob Miller in the organization within one year of each other? Further confusing things is Matthew Lincoln Miller who pitched for the Tigers in the 2001 and 2002 seasons and had cards in the 1999 Bowman set.

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