I’m an all-star pitcher and played in MLB for 12 years – I got my nickname for eating a live lizard in the bullpen

MILES Mikolas is an MLB all-star with a unique appetite that has earned him a bizarre nickname.

The 34 years old, Nicknamed “The Lizard King,” he spent 12 seasons in MLB, playing for three franchises.

Born in Florida, he was a standout high school player in his youth and earned a scholarship to Nova Southeastern University, where he later excelled.

Miles Mikolas is the baseball star's nickname "The Lizard King"


Miles Mikolas is the baseball star nicknamed “The Lizard King”Photo credit: Getty
Mikolas is an MLB Allstar but is known for eating a live lizard for a bet during a game


Mikolas is an MLB Allstar but is known for eating a live lizard for a bet during a gamePhoto credit: Instagram/magic_mikolas39

The San Diego Padres selected Mikolas in the seventh round of the 2009 Major League Baseball Draft.

He spent two seasons in San Diego before joining the Texas Rangers.

Mikolas was kicked out of the Rangers and forced to play in the Nippon Professional Baseball League.

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He played there for three seasons before being signed by the St. Louis Cardinals.

Mikolas has been selected for the All-Star Game twice since joining the Cardinal.

However, he’s also known for another reason – he rose to fame much earlier, when he was dubbed “the Lizard King” after a bet in 2011.

Mikolas was playing in the Arizona Fall League when he ate a live lizard during a game.

The video showed him in the team’s bullpen with the lizard in one hand and a drink in the other.

He took a few bites before washing them down with his can of soda while the players he was with laughed out loud.

Mikolas hasn’t repeated that on-camera appearance since, and as far as baseball goes, he’s 6-7 with the Cardinals this season with a 4.29 era.


ClareFora is a Dailynationtoday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. ClareFora joined Dailynationtoday in 2021 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing: clarefora@dailynationtoday.com.

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