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NYMetropolitans
07-02-2012, 05:09 PM
Willis has really struggled during his time with the Orioles' Triple-A affiliate and has decided to walk away rather than toil around in the minors. The two two-time All-Star and 2003 Rookie of the Year award winner will finish his career at age 30 with 72 wins and a 4.17 ERA.

Source: Rotoworld (http://rotoworld.com/player/mlb/3672/dontrelle-willis)

Sad to see the man's career completely derailed (no pun intended)

boilerguy2412
07-02-2012, 05:30 PM
what happened to this guy was he a steroid guy maybe. He just totally droped off

The 6-4-3
07-02-2012, 05:33 PM
He had a good run in the Bigs ROY, World Series Ring , $40M.

Method28
07-02-2012, 05:33 PM
:cry:

DeyAce
07-02-2012, 05:42 PM
His one good year with the Marlins

rkelly7
07-02-2012, 05:50 PM
He made 42 million in his career?!?!? Way to go Marlins :rolleyes: :mad: I wish I could suck at what I did, have one pretty good year, and make enough to become a part owner of a sports team. :facepalm:

jimm120
07-02-2012, 05:56 PM
Source: Rotoworld (http://rotoworld.com/player/mlb/3672/dontrelle-willis)

Sad to see the man's career completely derailed (no pun intended)

I don't get teh pun.....What does Dontrelle Willis have to do with being derailed that it could be misconstrued as a pun?

LionsFan..LOL
07-02-2012, 06:01 PM
I really enjoyed watching him as a Tiger even if he struggled. I was rooting so hard for him to turn it around because Dontrelle seemed like a genuinely nice guy. So sad to see his career ended like this.

NYMetropolitans
07-02-2012, 06:03 PM
I don't get teh pun.....What does Dontrelle Willis have to do with being derailed that it could be misconstrued as a pun?

His nickname was D-Train. D-Train, derailed.

WadeKobe
07-02-2012, 06:06 PM
He made 42 million in his career?!?!? Way to go Marlins :rolleyes: :mad: I wish I could suck at what I did, have one pretty good year, and make enough to become a part owner of a sports team. :facepalm:


His one good year with the Marlins

He was very good from 2003-2006. A 4-year stretch where he was consistently and considerably better than league-average. From there, he fell apart. But he had 4 very solid years for Miami, which helped them win a World Series title.

We can look at this a few different was:

(1) He was worth 15.2 WAR during his time in Miami. Even if we took a very conservative number of $3m per WAR, he was worth $45m on the low-side during his time there. Therefore, $42m is hardly a bad deal for the Marlins.

(2) Only 7 teams have won WS rings since 2003. Therefore, 22 other teams have not been able to win a World Series, while paying plenty of guys as much, or more than $42m, for less than the production the Marlins got out of Willis. If any of those teams knew that they could pay Willis $42m over a 5-year stretch, and they'd win a WS in the time-period.... I bet they'd do it in a heartbeat.

Let's stop the senseless bashing.

rkelly7
07-02-2012, 06:15 PM
He was very good from 2003-2006. A 4-year stretch where he was consistently and considerably better than league-average. From there, he fell apart. But he had 4 very solid years for Miami, which helped them win a World Series title.

We can look at this a few different was:

(1) He was worth 15.2 WAR during his time in Miami. Even if we took a very conservative number of $3m per WAR, he was worth $45m on the low-side during his time there. Therefore, $42m is hardly a bad deal for the Marlins.

(2) Only 7 teams have won WS rings since 2003. Therefore, 22 other teams have not been able to win a World Series, while paying plenty of guys as much, or more than $42m, for less than the production the Marlins got out of Willis. If any of those teams knew that they could pay Willis $42m over a 5-year stretch, and they'd win a WS in the time-period.... I bet they'd do it in a heartbeat.

Let's stop the senseless bashing.


Meh. I don't want to.

The 6-4-3
07-02-2012, 06:16 PM
He made 42 million in his career?!?!? Way to go Marlins :rolleyes: :mad: I wish I could suck at what I did, have one pretty good year, and make enough to become a part owner of a sports team. :facepalm:


His one good year with the Marlins

He was very good from 2003-2006. A 4-year stretch where he was consistently and considerably better than league-average. From there, he fell apart. But he had 4 very solid years for Miami, which helped them win a World Series title.

We can look at this a few different was:

(1) He was worth 15.2 WAR during his time in Miami. Even if we took a very conservative number of $3m per WAR, he was worth $45m on the low-side during his time there. Therefore, $42m is hardly a bad deal for the Marlins.

(2) Only 7 teams have won WS rings since 2003. Therefore, 22 other teams have not been able to win a World Series, while paying plenty of guys as much, or more than $42m, for less than the production the Marlins got out of Willis. If any of those teams knew that they could pay Willis $42m over a 5-year stretch, and they'd win a WS in the time-period.... I bet they'd do it in a heartbeat.

Let's stop the senseless bashing.

He was a good pitcher before he fell off.

Kinda like Eric Brynes, of Arizona, had some really good years then that was it.

He was really entertaining when he pitched and could swing the bat too...

Jeffy25
07-02-2012, 06:50 PM
He might have been better off working as a hitter the last five years.

J_M_B
07-02-2012, 06:51 PM
One of the nicest guys you'll ever meet in baseball..

He had a great four year stretch with the Marlins, but we really did screw him over. I still strongly believe the reason D-Train wasn't the same pitcher was that the Marlins tried to change his pitching motion/mechanics.

I understand the reasoning behind it, since it was very unorthodox and injuries were going to be an issue with such a violent delivery.

Yankee Clipper
07-02-2012, 07:14 PM
:(

popo85
07-02-2012, 09:53 PM
Dontrelle Willis has retired, the Baltimore Orioles announced on Monday afternoon, ending an up and down Major League career for the left-handed pitcher nicknamed "D-Train."

Willis, 30, signed a Minor League deal with the Orioles this spring as a lefty specialist. He returned to a starting role after a dispute with the organization regarding a forearm strain he believed came from working out of the bullpen.

Willis made one start for Triple-A Norfolk upon returning to the club, allowing four runs and six hits in 2 2/3 innings. Willis went 0-3 with an 8.53 ERA in four appearances for the Tides, including eight runs (six earned) and 10 hits in 6 1/3 innings. He walked eight and struck out six.

Willis won the National League Rookie of the Year Award with the Marlins after going 14-10 in 2003. Two seasons later, he went 22-10 with a 2.63 ERA and finished second in National League Cy Young Award voting. But Willis' career took a downturn, as his ERA shot up to 5.17 in '07 and never came back down. He struggled with the Tigers and Reds, for whom he made his final appearance in the big leagues in 2011.

Willis was released by the Phillies in Spring Training before being signed to a Minor League deal by Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette.

http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20120702&content_id=34327376&vkey=news_mlb&c_id=mlb

Sad he went downhill so fast, what a rookie season though its already been 10 seasons back wow.

MetsFanatic19
07-02-2012, 10:51 PM
he's really young. its a shame he disappeared the way he did

VenezuelanMet
07-03-2012, 12:10 AM
Dontrelle :'(

Tragedy
07-03-2012, 12:40 AM
He was a sight to see. He was really, really fun to watch and one of those guys that was just so easy to root for. Good luck to ya D-Train.

SportsNY
07-03-2012, 12:48 AM
Such a shame how he fell from one of the best pitchers in the game to an after-thought.

SportsNY
07-03-2012, 12:57 AM
I remember when Detroit got Willis AND Cabrera in that trade and were a sure lock to win the AL, maybe even the WS. Detroit got off to an awful start that year, and Willis just declined and declined.

Pinstripe pride
07-03-2012, 08:45 AM
thought he was done a few years ago

RTL
07-03-2012, 09:25 AM
He made 42 million in his career?!?!? Way to go Marlins :rolleyes: :mad: I wish I could suck at what I did, have one pretty good year, and make enough to become a part owner of a sports team. :facepalm:

Try the Tigers! They're the ones who gave him $30 million after his career worst season and not having thrown a pitch for them yet.