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) organizations, then one year of independent ball in 1993.

After the conclusion of his playing career, Billmeyer joined the California Angels organization and he worked for the Angels from 1994-1999. He was their bullpen catcher in 1994 and their bullpen/workout coordinator from 1995-1999. In 2000 Billmeyer moved to the Philadelphia Phillies where he stayed for more than a decade. For the first four years of his Phillies tenure he was the their minor league catching coordinator. The Phillies promoted Billmeyer to the major league staff in 2004 where he served as the team' catching instructor through the 2013 season. Billmeyer pulled double duty in 2009-2012 as he also served as the team's bullpen coach. 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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