Mick Billmeyer

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Michael Frederick Billmeyer

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Biographical Information[edit]

Catcher Mick Billmeyer was the Atlantic Coast Conference all-star at DH in 1985. He was drafted in the 2nd round of the 1985 amateur draft by the Baltimore Orioles. Billmeyer played in the minors from 1985 to 1992 in the Orioles' (1985-1988), Texas Rangers' (1988-1989), and California Angels' (1990-1992) oranizations, then one year of independent ball in 1993.

From 1994 to 1999, Billmeyer was a coach in the Angels' organization. He was their bullpen catcher in 1994 and their bullpen/workout coordinator 1995-1999. From 2000 to 2003 he was the Philadelphia Phillies minor league catching coordinator. From 2004 to 2013, he was a member of the Phillies' big league coaching staff as their catching instructor. He doubled as the Phillies bullpen coach during the 2009-2012 seasons. In 2010, the Colorado Rockies formally complained to Major League Baseball that Billmeyer had been using binoculars to steal signs from the center field bullpen at Coors Field in a game on May 10th. The Phillies claimed that Billmeyer was only doing this to look at catcher Carlos Ruiz's positioning behind the plate, but after an investigation, MLB issued a formal warning to the Phillies over the coach's actions.

In 2014, Billmeyer moved to the Detroit Tigers organization to serve as bullpen coach under new manager Brad Ausmus. He stayed for the duration of Ausmus' tenure, until the end of the 2017 season.

Billmeyer pitched in the home run derby to Chase Utley at the 2008 All-Star Game and Jim Thome at the 2004 All-Star Game.

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