Some of the Top Cards of 1976

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

1976 Topps #555 - Dyar Miller

  • Dyar Miller pitched for four teams from 1975-1981. Miller was signed by the Philadelphia Phillies on July 7, 1968. Miller was released three weeks later and subsequently signed with the Baltimore Orioles. 
  • Dyar pitched in the Baltimore system from 1969-1975 but was stuck behind a lot of other good pitchers in the organization. Miller finally came up to the Orioles in 1975 at the age of 29 and pitched in 30 games. Dyar was 6-3 with eight saves and had a 2.72 ERA in 1975.
  • Miller had another good year as a reliever in 1976. He was 2-4 with seven saves and had an ERA of 2.94 in 49 games.
  • In 1977 Miller started with the Orioles and was 2-2 with a 5.64 ERA in 12 games. Dyar was traded to the California Angels for Dick Drago on June 13. Miller went 4-4 with a 3.02 ERA in 41 games for the Angels in '77.
  • Dyar went 6-2 with a 2.66 ERA in 41 games for the Angels in 1978. Miller started the 1979 season with the Angels (1-0, 3.31 ERA in 14 games) and was sold to the Toronto Blue Jays on June 6. Dyar pitched in ten games for the Blue Jays and had an ERA of 10.57. He didn't pitch after July 22. After the 1979 season Miller was traded to the Montreal Expos for Tony Solaita.
  • Miller was released by the Expos during spring training in 1980. He signed with the New York Mets in April and had a good year. Dyar went 1-2 with a 1.93 ERA in 31 games in 1980. Miller went 1-0 with a 3.29 ERA in 23 games in 1981. The Mets released Miller after the 1981 season and he retired.
  • After his playing career Miller coached and occasionally managed in the minors. Dyar was a member of the Chicago White Sox coaching staff in 1987 and 1988. He has worked in the St. Louis Cardinals organization since 1995 and is currently the pitching coach for the AAA Memphis Redbirds.
  • Liked to face: Ralph Garr (.067 in 15 AB); Gorman Thomas/Lamar Johnson (.083 in 12 AB)
  • Hated to face: Thurman Munson (.692 in 13 AB); Bruce Bochte (.600 in 10 AB); Dan Ford (.500 in 14 AB)


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