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A couple of ex-Reds top list of 'five best-hitting pitchers'

In a bit of irony or coincidence, given Cincinnati's recent offensive woes, a pair of former Reds topped a dubious list highlighting the five best-hitting pitchers of the last 25 years.The list, based on adjusted OPS and at least 200 at-bats, was whipped up by the fine folks at ESPN.com and features Micah Owings at No. 1 with Dontrelle Willis right behind him at No. 2. A fine case...
Via Redlegs Review
July 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Indy Ball Weekly Perspective: Ohka's still around, D-Train's parked in Connecticut

Welcome to the latest edition of the Indy Ball Weekly Perspective Tomo Ohka, best known for his stint with the Montreal Expos between 2001 and 2005, is perfecting his knuckleball with the Bridgeport Bluefish of the independent Atlantic League. Ohka has been out of North American baseball since 2009. Since then he's been toiling around the Japan Central League for the ...
Via The GM's Perspective
July 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Insult to Injury

It’s one thing to get swept by the worst team in baseball. It’s another thing to allow the opposing pitcher to hit a two-run home run and drive in three runs. Jacob deGrom did not have his best stuff clearly, but when you are giving up home runs to a pitcher, all I can say is “welcome to the Mets.” I’ve lost count of how many home runs I have witnessed live at Citi Field...
Via Metstradamus
June 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Game 2014.51: Tigers at Mariners

Hello win my old friend. I’ve come to talk with you again. Don’t ever disappear like that on us again. Ever. Quick standings update: Det  30-20   – Chi  28-27   4.5 KC 25-28     6.5 Min 24-27   6.5 Cle   24-30   8.0 Well, the Tigers took 2 out of the last 3 from Oakland, and were perhaps a Castellanos catch away from taking the series. Considering how we had been playing...
Via Tigers Weblog
May 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Dontrelle Willis, Pitching Coach?

Last Wednesday, Dontrelle Willis, former 2003 Rookie of the Year, was released by the San Francisco Giants from his minor league contract after just two appearances and what's being reported as a serious arm injury. Now in a report by Jon Heyman, Willis' agent Matt Sosnick says he's looking to become a pitching coach.By A Reluctant Optimist on Flickr via Wikimedia CommonsHeyman...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
April 20, 2014  |  Discuss

D-Train Derailed: The Last Stop for Dontrelle Willis

Since finishing his last and statistically worst full big league season in 2007, the career of one, Dontrelle Willis has resembled an excruciatingly difficult video game with an extended amount of continues all with the same result — a failure to reestablish himself at the Major League level.Level One: The Sky is the LimitIndeed, Willis’ s rapid descent followed one of the more...
Via Baseball Essential
April 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Dontrelle Willis Cut By San Francisco Giants

The end of a very short roller coaster career appears to have come to an end on Wednesday when the San Francisco Giants cut ties with minor league pitcher Dontrelle Willis. Willis, who has not appeared in a MLB game since 2011, will most likely have a very tough time getting another shot at the Majors due to his age and diminishing abilities. Most remember the lefty from the five...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
April 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Spring Training Preview: NL West

Wrapping up our Spring Training breakdowns is the NL West – or NL Worst, if that joke suits you. In 2013 this particular division only produced one winning team. Each of the following teams made a handful of moves throughout the off-season, but two of the five players I am going to focus on are those who had a chance at stardom but never materialized. The other three players are...
Via The Sports Post
February 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Spring Training Preview: NL West

Wrapping up our Spring Training breakdowns is the NL West – or NL Worst, if that joke suits you. In 2013 this particular division only produced one winning team. Each of the following teams made a handful of moves throughout the off-season, but two of the five players I am going to focus on are those who had a chance at stardom but never materialized. The other three players are...
Via The Sports Post
February 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Two MLB Headlines, Two Teams Headed in Opposite Directions

Report: Dodgers will 'go all-out' to sign Masahiro Tanaka Tanaka is 99-35 in his seven year career in the Japan Leagues, 34-4 the past two seasons. He is 25 years old. Wherever Tanaka ends up he will adjust to the big leagues, and then begin to be a top of the rotation starting pitcher.  Giants to Sign Dontrelle Willis to Minor League Deal From 2008-2011 Dontrelle Willis...
Via The Giants Cove
January 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Giants May Be Close To Deal With Dontrelle Willis

It may be hard to believe, but it’s been more than ten years since Dontrelle Willis burst on to the major league scene and became a national sensation. With his high leg kick, unorthodox delivery, and his infectious smile and tireless enthusiasm, Willis became one of the most popular players in the major leagues when he came on the scene as a rookie in 2003. Now, ten seasons and...
Via BaySportsNet
January 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Giants sign Dontrelle Willis to minor league deal

The San Francisco Giants have signed pitcher Dontrelle Willis to a minor league deal. Willis has not pitched at the big league level since 2011 when he appeared in 13 games for the Cincinnati Reds finishing with a 5.00 ERA. Last year he latched on with the Los Angles Angels pitching at the Triple-A level. I heard Dontrelle Willis will be signing a minor-league contract with the ...
Via Tireball.com
January 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Giants working on minor league contract with Dontrelle Willis

Mark Mulder might not be the only interesting comeback story of 2014: the San Francisco Giants are negotiating a minor-league contract with lefty Dontrelle Willis, according to the S.F. Chronicle's John Shea. It would be Willis' second stint with the Giants, after pitching in five games for the Triple-A Fresno Grizzlies in 2010.While the deal has not yet been finalized, Andrew Baggarly...
Via Sports Injury Alert
January 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Should The NL Embrace the DH Rule

On the Detroit Free Press, Matt Pelc wrote a post today that I felt was very interesting and something that I have always thought about. He posted the question, Should we keep the designated hitter like it is, kill it altogether, or implement it throughout the sport? I have to admit that over the years I have been warming up to the idea that the DH rule should be implemented throughout...
Via MetsMinor.net
January 07, 2014  |  Discuss
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