Sunday, March 27, 2016

Player Profile: Mick Billmeyer

I have one card of Mick Billmeyer, from 1992 Skybox.

Playing career: Catcher Mick Billmeyer played in the Orioles, Angels and Rangers organizations from 1985 to 1992. In 514 games he hit .247 with 22 HR and 183 RBI.

Where he is now: Bullpen coach for the Detroit Tigers.

Interesting stories: Before joining the Tigers in 2014 he was the Phillies’ bullpen coach for a decade. He made national news in 2010 when the Rockies observed him looking at the home plate area with binoculars during the first inning of a game and accused the Phillies of stealing signs. Billmeyer wasn’t stealing signs but the Phillies’ owner wouldn’t let Billmeyer explain to the media – according to Billmeyer “I think he liked the [Rockies’] paranoia”. It turns out Billmeyer (who is not married) was checking the stands to see if a lady friend whom he had bought tickets for had arrived.

My memories: Only know him from his card.

Google Autocomplete results: He is first when you type Mick Bi, ahead of Mike Birbiglia, a comedian. There do not appear to be any other prominent Mick Billmeyers.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Tim Bittner.

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