Marlins honor former stars Juan Pierre, Dontrelle Willis

MIAMI -- Before becoming a prospect in big-league camp, Dee Gordon would run along a path at the Los Angeles Dodgers spring training complex to watch Juan Pierre hit every morning. Gordon, whose old iPad featured videos of the speedster, is now a two-time All-Star second baseman for the Miami Marlins -- the same organization that Pierre reached acclaim with. Like Gordon, Pierre didn...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Opinion: Verlander needs to earn his way back into the rotation.

Most Tiger fans have been VERY disappointed in the return of Justin Verlander. Most people feels like he’s not totally healthy or just out of it. To the Detroit fan base, we call this the “Dontrelle Willis syndrome”. But who knows whats really going on with Justin Verlander. But what I can say is that, its time to shake things up, before its gets to out of control. Could Verlander...
Via The Majors Detroit
July 06, 2015  |  Discuss

The Jay and Dan Podcast: Episode 69 with Dontrelle Willis

Play ball! Jay and Dan are joined by the D Train himself, Dontrelle Willis. The guys talk about Dontrelle's move to broadcasting, his baseball career, playing in Miami and that terrible sculpture. Also, Taggart checks in to talk about the Mike Babcock news in Toronto.  And don't miss another great round of Six Degrees with Engineer Jim.
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May 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Pete Rose is joining Fox Sports

Fox Sports hired Raul Ibanez and Dontrelle Willis to join their MLB studio coverage this season, but their newest hire is surely going to create much more buzz and raise many more eyebrows – Pete Rose is joining Fox Sports as an analyst. Hiring the 74-year old Rose to appear on their pre and post-game coverage, America’s Pregame, Fox Sports Live, and MLB Whiparound is certainly...
Via Awful Announcing
April 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Big Names: Dontrelle Willis, Lou Holtz, Britt McHenry

Fox Sports has hired former baseball star Dontrelle Willis. In other news, ESPN has parted ways with Lou Holtz, and the network is reviewing an incident involving one of its reporters. Dontrelle Willis Joins Fox Sports Former Major League Baseball player Dontrelle Willis has joined Fox Sports as an MLB analyst, it was announced Thursday. [...]
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April 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Former MLB pitcher Dontrelle Willis is joining Fox Sports

Add another analyst to Fox’s growing stable of on-air MLB talent – former pitcher Dontrelle Willis is reportedly joining the network after a nine-year career in the majors. Willis is just 33, and last pitched in the majors during the 2011 season with the Reds. The 2003 NL Rookie of the Year with the Marlins had stints with the Phillies, Orioles, Cubs, Angels, Giants, and Brewers...
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April 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Big Names: Kevin Harlan, Bob Knight, Dontrelle Willis

CBS has named Kevin Harlan the voice of its Premier Boxing Champions series. In other news, ESPN will reportedly cut ties with Bob Knight, and former baseball star Dontrelle Willis is actively seeking TV work. Harlan to Call PBC Bouts For CBS CBS and Turner Sports broadcaster Kevin Harlan has been named the blow-by-blow voice [...]
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April 02, 2015  |  Discuss

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...
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March 15, 2015  |  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...
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March 13, 2015  |  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...
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March 13, 2015  |  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...
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March 13, 2015  |  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...
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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...
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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...
Via Fox Sports Wisconsin
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...
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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
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