The Wind Up: The Saga Of Héctor Olivera Continues

If you dislike negative news, you’ve been warned. While the NFL had enough excitement this week for about the next two or three offseasons, MLB has just started spring training. Things are already getting out of hand. Which injury would you like me to start with? Don’t worry, we’ll get to them all. At the end of this, I promise to give you a reason to smile. The D-Train...
Via The Sports Post
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Dontrelle Willis ends comeback bid with Brewers, will retire

PHOENIX (AP) -- Dontrelle Willis is apparently done, ending his comeback bid with the Milwaukee Brewers and set to retire after countless efforts to recapture what once made him so productive and popular. The 33-year-old Willis was in Milwaukee's camp on a minor-league contract. He had not pitched in a spring training game, and hasn't been in the majors since going 1-6 in 2011 with...
Via AP on Fox
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Brewers say Dontrelle Willis ends comeback bid, will retire

PHOENIX (AP) The Milwaukee Brewers say pitcher Dontrelle Willis is ending his comeback bid and will retire at 33. A popular star a decade ago, Willis was in the Brewers' camp on a minor league contract. He had not pitched in a spring training game this year, and hasn't been in the majors since 2011 with Cincinnati. Willis was the NL Rookie of the Year in 2003 and helped the Marlins...
Via AP on Fox
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Dontrelle Willis Informs Milwaukee Brewers He Is Retiring

UPDATE: Dontrelle Willis has informed the Brewers that he is retiring due to neck issues that deterred his comeback attempt, according to Adam McCalvy of Dontrelle Willis has told the #Brewers he intends to retire. Stiff neck derailed his comeback attempt. — Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) March 13, 2015 JANUARY 21ST: Free-agent left-handed pitcher Dontrelle Willis trying...
Via Baseball Essential
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Bright-spirited Willis wants to make Brewers, 'help other guys'

PHOENIX -- Dontrelle Willis may or may not make the Milwaukee Brewers' Opening Day roster. After all, the two-time All-Star and 2003 National League rookie of the year hasn't pitched in the major leagues since going 1-6 in thirteen starts with the Reds in 2011. But for as long as he is with the Brewers this season, Willis' good humor, wide smile and infectious personality will make...
Via Fox Sports Wisconsin
February 23, 2015  |  Discuss

The D-Train’s Final Stop

There’s always going to be a market for left-handed pitching, isn’t there? If you’ve yet to be convinced of that, look no further than 33-year-old Dontrelle Willis, who recently signed a minor league contract with the Milwaukee Brewers that includes an invite to spring training, hoping that he can make one more run at the major leagues. For Willis, the possibility remains...
Via The Sports Post
February 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Player Profile #87: Jacob deGrom | SP | NYM

Kerry Wood Justin Verlander Jose Fernandez Jeremy Hellickson Hideo Nomo Dontrelle Willis What do these pitchers have in common? If you were a starter, is this a list of pitchers you would like to be included on? It probably depends on what the link is. While some of these pitchers are/were awesome and no-doubt-about-it aces when at their best, others (starting with Hellickson down...
Via Baseball Professor
January 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Brewers sign Dontrelle Willis to minor-league contract

  Left-handed pitcher Dontrelle Willis has signed a minor-league contract with the Milwaukee Brewers with an invitation to major-league camp in spring training. Willis won the National League Rookie of the Year award in 2003 while with the Marlins. He is trying to get back to the majors for the first time since 2011, when he was 1-6 in 13 games with the Cincinnati Reds. Willis has...
Via AP on Fox
January 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Brewers sign former top rookie Willis, invite him to major-league camp

The Milwaukee Brewers have signed left-hander Dontrelle Willis to a minor-league deal that includes an invitation to major-league camp in spring training.  Willis has not appeared in a big league game since 2011, when he went 1-6 with a 5.00 ERA in 13 starts for the Cincinnati Reds. The 33-year-old pitched 2/3 of an inning for Triple-A Fresno in the San Francisco organization last...
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January 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Dontrelle Willis signs minor-league deal with Brewers

Free-agent left-handed pitcher Dontrelle Willis trying to make another comeback attempt to the major leagues, as he has signed a minor-league deal with the Milwaukee Brewers, which includes an invitation to big league spring training next month, according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN. Dontrelle Willis has agreed on a minor league deal with #brewers. Includes invite to big league...
Via Baseball Essential
January 21, 2015  |  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 ...
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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...
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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...
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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 ...
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...
January 07, 2014  |  Discuss
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