DONTRELLE WILLIS NEWS

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 On-Base Talk
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

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...
Via Sports Injury Alert
January 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Angels sign well-traveled Dontrelle Willis

The Los Angeles Angels have signed veteran left-hander Dontrelle Willis out of the independent Atlantic League. The Angels assigned the two-time All-Star and former NL Rookie of the Year to Triple-A Salt Lake on Monday. The 31-year-old Willis had a league-leading 2.56 ERA in 14 starts with the Long Island Ducks this season. Willis hasn't pitched in the big leagues since 2011...
Via Fox Sports
August 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Angels sign well-traveled Dontrelle Willis

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- The Los Angeles Angels have signed veteran left-hander Dontrelle Willis out of the independent Atlantic League. The Angels assigned the two-time All-Star and former NL Rookie of the Year to Triple-A Salt Lake on Monday. The 31-year-old Willis had a league-leading 2.56 ERA in 14 starts with the Long Island Ducks this season. Willis hasn't pitched in...
Via Fox Sports West
August 05, 2013  |  Discuss

D-Train payng his dues in the Indy game

It doesn't matter how long you've played, or where you've played, if there is an opportunity to play the game, you will. Dontrelle Willis is one of those players. In early April (originally reported by the Long Island Ducks), Willis signed with the Long Island Ducks of the Independent Atlantic League with the hope of regaining the form that once made him of the...
Via The GM's Perspective
May 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Dontrelle Willis signs with independent Long Island Ducks

The D-Train is either running out of steam, or is just about to leave the station. I’ll choose the later.  Dontrelle Willis is a former 20-game winner, was the 2003 National League Rookie of the Year, and was one of the most charismatic pitchers the game has ever seen. He had a smile that could light up a room and his excitement could be felt throughout the ballpark.  Within...
Via The GM's Perspective
April 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Guerrero, Willis sign with independent Ducks

Former AL MVP Vladimir Guerrero and Dontrelle Willis will be trying to revive their careers with the Long Island Ducks. The independent Atlantic League team announced the agreement with Willis on Friday, a day after adding Guerrero. A 31-year-old left-hander, Willis was 1-6 with a 5.00 ERA for the Cincinnati Reds in 2011 and 0-3 with a 8.53 ERA last year in three starts and one...
Via AP on Fox
April 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Report: Dontrelle Willis Agrees to Sign With Atlantic League’s Long Island Ducks, Joins Vladimir Guerrero

The ‘D’ in D-Train may stands for “Ducks” this season. Dontrelle Willis will join Vladimir Guerrero and pitch for the independent league Long Island Ducks in 2013, according Jerry Crasnick of ESPN. The 31-year-old lefty posted a 72-69 record in his nine-year MLB career with the Florida Marlins, Detroit Tigers, Arizona Diamondbacks and Cincinnati Reds. However, after beginning...
Via NESN.com
April 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Don’t call it a comeback for Dontrelle Willis

It’s hard to believe that Dontrelle Willis was, for a moment in time, one of the more dominant pitchers in baseball. That was 2005, when he finished 22-10 with a 2.63 ERA and WHIP of 1.13.   It was his 3rd-year in the league, and it look as if the sky was the limit. But then it all started to unravel.  Willis followed his stellar season with sub-par performances in 2006 and 2007...
Via The Victory Formation
February 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Back Where It All Started: Dontrelle Willis Attempts A Comeback With The Chicago Cubs

Follow @DSchmelzerTSB on Twitter When closer Tom Gordon got injured right before the season started in 2002, the Chicago Cubs got desperate for a replacement. They made a trade with the Florida Marlins for their closer Antonio Alfonseca and Starting Pitcher Matt Clement. Going to the Marlins, as a throw in, in that deal, was Dontrelle Willis. Now, in Spring Training 2013, Willis...
Via Total Sports Blog
February 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Cubs make a deal in the 4th dimension. Welcome back Dontrelle Willis.

In 2002 the Cubs traded Dontrelle Willis, Julian Tavarez and two minor leaguers for Antonio Alfonseca and Matt Clement.11 years later, they get Willis back. What does it mean in the cosmic scheme?The big picture?The Cubs got Alfonseca and Clement for Tavarez!And that is crafty, my friend.A deal made in the 4th dimension.Way back when, I took a class called "3-D Design"...
Via Cub Reporter
January 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Source: Cubs looking at D-Train

A person familiar with the situation says the Chicago Cubs are closing in on a minor league deal with left-hander Dontrelle Willis. The person, who spoke Friday on condition of anonymity because the agreement has not been finalized, says the deal does not include an invitation to major league camp for spring training. Willis, who turns 31 on Jan. 12, did not appear in a major league...
Via AP on Fox
January 05, 2013  |  Discuss

AP source: Cubs closing in on deal with Willis

A person familiar with the situation says the Chicago Cubs are closing in on a minor league deal with left-hander Dontrelle Willis. The person, who spoke Friday on condition of anonymity because the agreement has not been finalized, says the deal does not include an invitation to major league camp for spring training. Willis, who turns 31 on Jan. 12, did not appear in a major league...
Via AP on Fox
January 04, 2013  |  Discuss

Buy Dontrelle Willis’s 2007 Dodge Charger For $35,000

Dontrelle Willis has come a long way since being named the 2003 NL Rookie of the Year. After raking in over $40 million in career earnings, it appears the wily lefty is a little strapped for cash. After putting $40,ooo worth of modifications into his baby, it appears Willis is ready to unload his 2007 Dodge Charger. Who cares if its a hideous “Limited Edition Sublime Daytona...
Via Busted Coverage
October 09, 2012  |  Discuss

Dontrelle Willis announces retirement

Left-hander Dontrelle Willis is retiring after 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 and was second in the NL Cy Young Award voting. ''(It's) kind of sad...
Via AP on Fox
July 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Dontrelle Willis retires from baseball

Via Rumors and Rants
July 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Former Marlin Dontrelle Willis retires

SEATTLE (AP) -- 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...
Via Fox Sports Florida
July 02, 2012  |  Discuss

LHP Willis announces retirement through Orioles

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...
Via AP on Fox
July 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Dontrelle Willis and his high leg kick call it career

  Every so often in Major League Baseball a player bursts onto the scene and makes everyone take notice. We’re seeing it this year with young outfield sensations Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals and Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels. In the early 1980′s Fernandomania swept the nation as Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher [...]
Via Los That Sports Blog
July 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Free Dontrelle Willis… Literally

Matt Sosnick feels very strongly about the situation his client, Dontrelle Willis, currently finds himself in. Per Jerry Crasnick’s post on the Willis-Orioles drama at ESPN.com: “I can’t imagine making this kind of deal over something so trivial. We’re talking about a minor league player that Baltimore has relatively no financial investment in whatsoever. It’s the dumbest...
Via Fangraphs
April 25, 2012  |  Discuss

Report: Agent for Dontrelle Willis Says Orioles Are Holding Pitcher 'Hostage'

Dontrelle Willis wants the baseball world to know he didn’t abandon his team. If anything, he and his agent are now saying that team is holding him "hostage." A day after reports surfaced that Willis had abruptly left Baltimore's Triple-A team without permission, Willis and his agent have fired back at the Orioles for putting the pitcher on the restricted list. Willis...
Via NESN.com
April 24, 2012  |  Discuss
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