Baseball's Great Cover-up

April 05, 2004
April 05, 2004

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April 5, 2004

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Baseball's Great Cover-up

Edited by Mark Bechtel and Sridhar Pappu

While approximately half of Justin Miller's body is covered by
tattoos--and he's vowed to fill the empty spaces--only a few
small ones adorn his right arm. Nonetheless, after hitters
complained that Miller's body art was a distraction, the Blue
Jays righthander was told by major league umpire supervisor Jim
McKean that he would have to pitch in sleeves this year. Miller,
26, says he'll reluctantly cover his arms. "I don't like [long
sleeves], but I've got to do what they tell me to do," says
Miller. "I don't want to be singled out. I'm not the only one
with tattoos. I don't think it's different than a hitter wearing
earrings in the box. If there is an ugly pitcher out there, is
that a distraction?"

This is an article from the April 5, 2004 issue