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  • Dontrelle Willis announces retirement.

    2003 Rookie of the Year; 22 game-winner and runner-up for the Cy Young in 2005.

    I guess you can add his name to the list of those who started strong and faded quick.

    http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/blog/ey...willis-retires


    Veteran lefty Dontrelle Willis, who's been pitching for Triple-A Norfolk (Orioles) in an attempt to work his way back to the majors, has retired, the team announced.

    The 30-year-old Willis spent parts of nine seasons with the Marlins, Tigers, Diamondbacks and Reds. Over that span, he compiled a major-league record of 72-69 with an ERA of 4.17.

    Originally an eighth-round choice of the Cubs, Willis was dealt as a minor-leaguer to the Marlins in 2002.

    As a rookie, Willis was a key member of the Marlins' team that won the 2003 World Series. In that World Series, Willis logged 3.2 scoreless innings of relief against the Yankees. Also a skilled hitter by pitcher standards (career batting line of .244/.287/.378), Willis went 3 for 3 with a triple against the Giants in Game 4 of the 2003 NLDS.

    Willis was at his best in 2005, when he posted a 2.63 ERA across 236.1 innings and led the majors with seven complete games and five shutouts.
    Last edited by redban; 07-02-2012, 04:35 PM.

  • #2
    To a fella retiring . . . it must seem the world is just movin' on . . . and don't really give a care about you or what you brought. It's inevitiable, everyone must . . . but it's a very meloncholy day I'd reckon . . . congrats Dontrelle . . . now go have some grand kiddos and tell 'em stories someday.
    Some's basturds, some's ain't, thats the score.

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    • #3
      like this is earth shattering news

      last time he won more than two games in a season was 2007

      his record since then 6-18
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      • #4
        Originally posted by 9RoyHobbsRF View Post
        like this is earth shattering news

        last time he won more than two games in a season was 2007

        his record since then 6-18
        Is somebody still bitter that the clearly superior San Francisco Giants choked against Dontrelle's Marlins in the 2003 NLDS?
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        • #5
          I'm kinda curious if he would get a pension. Does a player have to be in the league 10 years? If so I woulda done whatever it took to make 10 years .
          "(Shoeless Joe Jackson's fall from grace is one of the real tragedies of baseball. I always thought he was more sinned against than sinning." -- Connie Mack

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          • #6
            MLB players must play 43 days in the majors to earn a minimum $34,000 annual pension plan. Just one day in the majors gets them lifetime healthcare coverage. After 10 years in the big leagues, benefits grow to $100,000 annually.

            NHL players must participate in 160 games to earn an annual pension plan of $45,000.

            NBA players are vested after three years of service. Once they turn 62, they get at least $57,000 a year. The benefit is maxed out at $1.965 million after playing 11 seasons. Players that choose 401(k) plans are matched at 140%.

            NFL players are also vested after three seasons. They earn $470 a month for each year they played. So according to The Street, Brett Favre, who played 20 years, will get about $112,000 a year once he turns 55. The NFL's optional 401(k) plan matches player contributions at 200%. Players that participate in four or more seasons can also get a $65,000 annuity bonus.


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            • #7
              Still blows my mind how quickly he fell.
              San Francisco Giants, World Series Champions in 2010, 2012, and 2014!!!

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              • #8
                Really a sad story, he looked like he had it all figured out as a rookie, I never would have predicted the career path he took.
                They call me Mr. Baseball. Not because of my love for the game; because of all the stitches in my head.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by GiambiJuice View Post
                  Is somebody still bitter that the clearly superior San Francisco Giants choked against Dontrelle's Marlins in the 2003 NLDS?
                  C'mon, GJ, the sarcasm is really uncalled for. I think Hobbs has been trying to be good lately, and I believe you already know I think you should be too.
                  Put it in the books.

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                  • #10
                    Wow, now I can say I was at his last win (his only win of 2011) A 5-4 decision over the Bucs September 25,2011 at PNC. Willis also had the game-winning hit with a 2-run double in the 6th. He was one of the better hitting pitchers in the NL, it's a shame his career faded so fast after such a promising start.
                    LETS GO BUCS!!

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by BeatEmBucs View Post
                      Wow, now I can say I was at his last win (his only win of 2011) A 5-4 decision over the Bucs September 25,2011 at PNC. Willis also had the game-winning hit with a 2-run double in the 6th. He was one of the better hitting pitchers in the NL, it's a shame his career faded so fast after such a promising start.
                      I've seen several pitchers in the last few years, most notably Rick Ankiel, attempt to reinvent themselves as hitters. I wonder why Dontrelle never gave that a shot?
                      San Francisco Giants, World Series Champions in 2010, 2012, and 2014!!!

                      "Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts" ~ Albert Einstein

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Rich the Giants fan View Post
                        I've seen several pitchers in the last few years, most notably Rick Ankiel, attempt to reinvent themselves as hitters. I wonder why Dontrelle never gave that a shot?
                        He wont be able to cock his helmet to the side

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Cap78 View Post
                          He wont be able to cock his helmet to the side
                          :applaud:

                          Nice one.
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                          • #14
                            Man, were we rooting for him in Cincinnati last year to regain form. He pitched decently, too.

                            He had more than a few moments in the sun. Hopefully he's prepared himself for this part of his life.
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                            • #15
                              Some may disagree, but IMO, Dontrelle's decline began with this game

                              I'm convinced it cost him the Cy Young award that season, may have very well cost the Marlins the NL wild card (though that was one loss, the 15 others that the Marlins suffered in September (against only 11 wins) probably didn't help either). But he never had another good eason after that.

                              If you look at the boxscore, that 9th inning was brutal. IIRC, all 4 Marlins errors came in the 9th. I think that was a nationally televised game also.

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