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Left-hander Dontrelle Willis has decided to retire following a rocky stretch with Baltimore's top farm club.
Willis was the NL Rookie of the Year in 2003 with the Marlins and quickly became one of baseball's most popular players. But the big left-hander has struggled since he won 22 games seven years ago.
Willis agreed to a minor league deal with the Orioles this spring. He made just four appearances for Triple-A Norfolk, going 0-3 with an 8.53 ERA.
Baltimore also announced a roster move before Monday's series opener in Seattle. The Orioles recalled right-hander Steve Johnson from Triple-A Norfolk.
Johnson was 3-5 with a 2.73 ERA in 14 games, nine starts, for Norfolk. His father, Dave, pitched for the Orioles from 1989-91.
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Dontrelle Willis, the 2003 National League Rookie of the Year who was pitching for Triple-A Norfolk in the Orioles organization this season in an attempt to get back to the majors, has retired, the Orioles announced Monday. The 30-year-old Willis was outstanding as a rookie in 2003 when he went 14-6 with a 3.30 ERA for the Marlins, and in 2005, when he went 22-10 with a 2.63 ERA...
As the season reaches its halfway point teams start to look towards the future, and that can only mean one thing. The trading season has begun. For teams at the top with the playoffs in sight they can bolster their chances with a big new name and for the cellar dwellers it is time to pick up some prospects and hope next year is another chance for the franchise.
So far this season...
Veteran left handed pitcher Dontrelle Willis has announced his retirement today via Twitter.
Earlier today, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports tweeted that Willis was apparently considering retirement.
The Orioles signed Willis to a Minor League deal back in March, and late in April they placed him on the restricted list for a brief period of time after leaving the team without permission...
Major League Baseball’s 83rd All-Star game will be played on July 10th in Kansas City. Here is the American League roster for the game.
The Starters with all-star appearances in parenthesis
C: Mike Napoli, Texas Rangers (1)
1B: Prince Fielder, Detroit Tigers (4)
2B: Robinson Cano, New York Yankees (3)
3B: Adrian Beltre, Texas Rangers (3)
SS: Derek Jeter, New York...
Baltimore Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts has been placed on the 15-day DL with a groin injury. Roberts, who missed 13 months of action while recovering from multiple concussions, is batting just .182 with five runs batted in and no-home runs in 17 games this season.
Roberts became somewhat of a fantasy darling in June as owners anticipated the 12 year veteran to return to his...
Greetings, everyone. I've been away for much of the weekend and greatly affected by the power outage in the area. Hope everyone is healthy and safe out there.
Anyhow, I didn't catch much of the Orioles this weekend aside from being at the game Friday night - which was a win; however, the Orioles have struggled both on the pitching and offensive front for the better...
Jim Palmer says he no longer needs trophies as mementos of his Hall of Fame career, so the former Baltimore Orioles ace has put his three Cy Young Awards and two of his four Gold Gloves up for auction.
The 66-year-old Palmer, who currently works as a TV analyst for the Orioles, did not say he was financially hurting. He says he intends to use the money for the education of his grandchildren...
Orioles and Nationals team up to have fans vote for Beltways Ballot of Hammel and Harper for the All-Star Game
The Orioles and Washington Nationals have partnered in an effort to help send the “Beltways Ballot” of RHP JASON HAMMEL and OF BRYCE HARPER to Kansas City for this year’s All-Star Game. Hammel and Harper are candidates on Major League Baseball’s...
Robert Andino homered in the ninth off Seattle reliever Charlie Furbush to give the Baltimore Orioles a 5-4 win over the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday night after starter Wei-Yin Chen flirted with a perfect game for more than six innings.
Andino's home run was his first since May 7 and fourth this season. It ended Furbush's (4-2) streak of 22 2-3 scoreless innings, the third...
MLB Hall of Famer and former Baltimore Orioles pitcher Jim Palmer has contracted with Exton, Pa. based Hunt Auctions to sell his three Cy Young Awards and two of his four Gold Gloves.
Full story at Bob's Blitz ~ http://www.bobsblitz.com
After having just one player at the All-Star game each of the past six seasons, the Baltimore Orioles are sending three to this year's Midsummer Classic.
They could get a fourth if Jason Hammel can win over voters this week.
Hammel tries to bounce back from his worst outing of the season and pitch his way into the All-Star game when he takes the ball in Monday night's series...
BALTIMORE (AP) -- Justin Masterson pitched seven innings of five-hit ball, Shelley Duncan homered and hit two doubles, and the Cleveland Indians beat the skidding Baltimore Orioles 6-2 Sunday.
Aaron Cunningham also homered for the Indians, who took three of four from the Orioles. Cleveland totaled 55 hits in the four games, including eight for extra bases in the finale. The Indians...