MLB umpire Bill Miller makes historic call on pickoff


With St. Louis slugger Carlos Beltran representing the tying run at home plate Sunday night, Boston pitcher Koji Uehara made the pickoff throw to first base.
Mike Napoli made the swooping tag on rookie pinch-runner Kolten Wong.
And first base umpire Bill Miller, a Harbor High alum, punched his fist in the air to signal the final out of Game 4 in the World Series had been made.
The Red Sox stunned the Cardinals 4-2 to even the best-of-seven series at 2-all.
And that’s how history was made. It marked the first time a World Series game has ended on a pickoff.
Miller, who also worked the 2010 World Series won by San Francisco, was stationed at second base in Game 3, third base in Game 2 and left field in Game 1.
Given the number of ground outs and bang-bang plays in baseball, the safe bet was Miller would have to make more potentially key rulings at first base than in his previous shifts. And Miller, who joined MLB’s umpire staff in 1999, did just that, fist punching his way into history.
Even though umpires like to operate in relative obscurity and anonymity, it’s safe to say everyone in Boston knows Miller now and credits him for making the right call with the game on the line.
And in St. Louis? Uh, maybe he should order in tonight.

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