Tal Pinchevsky (writer),
Jeffery Salter (photographer)
THE RULE: “No pitcher shall have markings on his body that are potentially distracting to the umpire or batter. Markings that are potentially distracting include tattoo(s) or other marking(s) which, in the opinion of the umpire, could interfere with the umpires' ability to make calls, endanger the health or safety of a batter, or otherwise interfere with the play of the game. In addition, no Player may have any visible corporate markings or logos tattooed on his body.”
Major League Baseball banned Florida Marlins pitcher Justin Miller from showing his tattoos on the mound, but they can't stop him from talking about it.
Justin Miller's hard-throwing right arm earned him a spot in the Major Leagues, but it's the full-sleeve tattoo on his left arm that earned him his notoriety. It started with Rule G-2, a statute regarding adornments and markings under Major League Baseball's official uniform regulations. The rule has been around for some time, although very few players have given Major League Baseball any real opportunity to enforce it. That is until the ink on the Florida Marlin's pitcher gave the rule new life and a new name: the “Justin Miller Rule.”
While it's hard to say which fascination came first, Miller's lifelong love of tattoos and baseball always managed to coexist. On his 15th birthday, Miller's hippie dad took him to a shop near their home in Torrance, CA, to get little Justin his first tattoo. “My dad ended up taking me to a place in Carson. It's gone now. He wanted to make sure I got it done right and there was some supervision,” remembers Miller. “It was definitely my idea, but he wanted to make sure I got it done clean, professionally, and got something that I wouldn't regret later.”