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Dontrelle Willis went AWOL from the Orioles

Apr 23, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

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This morning we asked what was up with Dontrelle Willis and his heretofore unexplained trip to the Orioles’ restricted list. Jon Heyman has an explanation. Dude went AWOL:

The Orioles gave no official reason Sunday for why he was placed on the restricted list, but Duquette to confirmed Willis left the team without permission following a difference of opinion about whether he should start or reliever. “He just left,” said Duquette when confronted with the information from other sources.

Wow. if Willis thinks he should start, he shouldn’t be on the restricted list, he should be on the insane list.  For what it’s worth, Heyman says that Duquette says that he’d still like D-Train as a reliever.  And really, the only way he’s going to have value to anyone is as a lefty specialist, so Willis should probably listen to Duquette.

And, you know, not go AWOL.

  1. Gobias Industries - Apr 23, 2012 at 4:38 PM

    It’s no Richard Marx but…

    • metalhead65 - Apr 23, 2012 at 8:38 PM

      aside from having to suffer thru the god awful ad this a great song and video. to bad about the d-train though. forget what the stats say he did well for the reds last year. I lost count how many times he left a game with a lead only to watch as bullpen blow it or leave behind 2-0 after his 5 and then have the reds come back to win. he had 2 really horrible starts for them other than that just had the worst luck. plus when he did give 6 good innings baker of course insisted on sending him back out there for a 7th where he he gave up the lead because he did not have it anymore and everybody but baker could see it.

      • cur68 - Apr 24, 2012 at 12:32 AM

        I knew it would be Baker’s fault. Dang you, Dusty! Dang you to heck!

      • metalhead65 - Apr 24, 2012 at 3:59 AM

        do you follow the reds on a regular basis or are just the president of the dusty fan club? you act like I just make my statements up about him but trust me if you followed the reds you would know it’s true. he does not try and hide it and proudly admits trying to steal a extra inning from his starters. except of course last week when Arroyo was pitching the game of his life and still going strong allowing 3 hits in 7 innings but baker took him out after he got the first batter of the inning out with no problem due to the nats sending up a pinch hitter. guess what the guy he brought in to replace him promptly blew the lead and the reds lost in 13 but decisions like that are ok in your book?every once in awhile it would be annoying but no big deal but he does this all the time! I wish he would could be the manager of your team and I beat you would be singing a sifferent tune.

  2. fellspointbird - Apr 23, 2012 at 4:45 PM

    Thats too bad. He most likely would have seen the majors at some point this year.

    It must be incredibly difficult to transition from a young-phenom on a World Series winning team, to hearing that you’re going to the bullpen, and that you’re… well, not an ideal candidate to start at this point.

  3. Ralph - Apr 23, 2012 at 4:49 PM

    So, what you’re saying is that this bird flew the coop?

    • SOBEIT - Apr 23, 2012 at 5:06 PM

      Thinks he is a starter and then AWOL…”One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”…

  4. mybrunoblog - Apr 23, 2012 at 5:01 PM

    Reports say Willis was last seen heading south on 95 enroute to D.C. in an attempt to get Obama to intervene and get him back in the rotation. Obama said if he had a son who was a starting pitcher he would look like Dontrelle.

    • jwbiii - Apr 23, 2012 at 5:10 PM

      To get from Norfolk to DC you start by going west on 64. Were you born like this or did you have to practice?

    • Baseball Beer Burritos In That Order - Apr 23, 2012 at 8:04 PM

      You are an ignorant racist piece of shit. Kill yourself.

      • mybrunoblog - Apr 23, 2012 at 9:34 PM

        Wow. You are sensitive . Try liberal dosing of your favorite anti-depressant meds ASAP.
        It’s all tongue in cheek dude, this is the Internet remember?

      • Baseball Beer Burritos In That Order - Apr 23, 2012 at 10:08 PM

        I’m not sensitive. You’re an asshole who decided to turn a story about a black guy into a joke about how our black president empathized with the murder of an innocent black child. It’s callous and wholly inappropriate and you be ashamed of yourself, tongue in cheek or otherwise.

    • Utley's Hair - Apr 23, 2012 at 9:39 PM

      Wow…that’s just possibly one of the most idiotic posts I’ve seen on here—and with some of the trolls on HBT, that’s saying something.

    • drewzducks - Apr 23, 2012 at 10:49 PM

      He actually wouldn’t look like Dontrelle just like he wouldn’t look like Trayvon unless they both come from a mixed marriage, like our president does. That fact wouldn’t have benefited his disgusting and factually incorrect statement when he once again tried to put himself into a dialogue that he had no place being in. Let no opportunity to score cheap political points pass by.

      • Baseball Beer Burritos In That Order - Apr 24, 2012 at 1:48 AM

        Congratulations, you’re an idiot fucking racist, too. Please kill yourself. You might think someone wants you here, but I assure you the planet Earth does not need more stupid wastes of our genetic code. Chew wormwood.

      • drewzducks - Apr 24, 2012 at 2:04 AM

        Hey BBB I’d reply by saying you’re nothing but taint but that wouldn’t be fair to taint. Also the first sign of ignorance is to claim racism. Good to see you’ve memorized the Rev. Al and Jesse talking points. Pretty pathetic but expected.

      • Baseball Beer Burritos In That Order - Apr 24, 2012 at 2:21 AM

        The sheer idiocy of your follow up comment aside, I am serious. Please kill yourself. You are not smart enough to warrant continued living, please swallow razorblades.

      • drewzducks - Apr 24, 2012 at 9:37 AM

        I can only imagine that that must have been how your mother offed herself after she realized she gave birth to an imbecile. So sad.

  5. sabatimus - Apr 23, 2012 at 5:01 PM

    Willis has done stuff like this before. Then again, I suppose I would too if I had to play for Dan Duquette and that team.

  6. dowhatifeellike - Apr 23, 2012 at 5:15 PM

    O’s fans have been AWOL for years, huddling in dark basements around 13″ black & white TVs, praying for the day they can show their faces again.

  7. moagecu - Apr 23, 2012 at 6:19 PM


    He most likely was thinking of Baltimore, but you’re too stupid to understand that so you decide to insult him.

    • Kevin S. - Apr 23, 2012 at 8:01 PM

      I’m sure jwbiii understood that. Apparently in his rush to make a lame political dig, mybrunoblog couldn’t be bothered to figure out where Willis would actually be coming into DC from. Who’s the stupid one, again?

    • jwbiii - Apr 24, 2012 at 12:29 AM

      You mistake an honest question for an insult, call me stupid, and say that I’m insulting?

      Think about his logically.

      • jwbiii - Apr 24, 2012 at 1:14 PM

        You have been given plenty of time to respond; you have not. Let’s work through this.

        You are opposed to insulting people anonymously on the internet. So am I.

        “Stupid” to you is not an insult so it must be a compliment.

        If you consider “stupid” to be a compliment, how do your family, friends, and colleagues normally describe you? Are they wrong?

  8. drewsylvania - Apr 23, 2012 at 6:27 PM

    He’s on the “anxiety disorder” list.

    Would prefer it if we treated him that way.

  9. lew24 - Apr 23, 2012 at 6:55 PM

    Him as a lefty specialist would add 10 years to his career!

  10. js20011041 - Apr 23, 2012 at 8:55 PM

    You know, for everything that we’ve been told about how great a guy Dontrelle Willis is, this is surprising. I’m sure most people have just wanted to walk away from their job at some point, but who actually does it? Willis had a couple of good years nearly a decade ago and he thinks he’s entitled to dictate where he is best used? Good luck finding another job that will pay several hundred thousand dollars a year.

    • jwbiii - Apr 23, 2012 at 11:52 PM

      You know that AAA scale is $10,750, right?

      • Old Gator - Apr 24, 2012 at 4:59 AM

        With or without per diem?

      • jwbiii - Apr 24, 2012 at 12:58 PM

        Free room and board for six weeks (spring training) and $20/day while on the road. Clubhouse dues take up about half of the per diem.

  11. Old Gator - Apr 24, 2012 at 5:03 AM

    I’m sorry to read this stuff – when your childhood idol (well, I was 53 at the time he came up, which from here looks like childhood) goes through the floor inexplicably and then spends seven years knocking around trying to stay in the show, and then pulls a Krazy Kalos Lamebraino move, it’s, well, disillusioning.

    Then again, we are getting the angle from Duquette. Not that a guy in his situation should be anything but grateful for yet another shot, but who knows what Dontrelle was led to believe they’d use him for when he signed with the Orioles?

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