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Dontrelle Willis drops his grievance, will rejoin the Orioles

May 9, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

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A couple of weeks ago, Dontrelle Willis left the Orioles. He says he did so with permission. The Orioles said he was AWOL.  The team put him on the restricted list. Willis filed a grievance and his agent went off on the Orioles.  That relationship looked to be over.

But cooler heads have prevailed: Jerry Crasnick reports that Willis has dropped his grievance and will rejoin the team.

The apparent reason: the Orioles are going to let him try starting.  Word at the time was that Willis left the team for the precise reason that he wanted to start, not be a relief pitcher. Never mind that most people figure that the only shot Willis has of keeping a job in baseball now is as a lefty specialist.

So, peace in our time. I suspect that Willis is going to regret getting what he asked for, but at least everyone has stopped bickering.

  1. heyblueyoustink - May 9, 2012 at 12:47 PM

    No doubt he’s being prepared as a sacrificial offering to the baseball gods to counteract the wrath of Zeus Hamilton.

  2. El Bravo - May 9, 2012 at 12:48 PM

    I sense this to be a bad omen for the O’s. I think they’re coming back to Earth soon.

    • paperlions - May 9, 2012 at 1:22 PM

      Everyone comes back to earth some time. If you are the Rangers, Rays, or Cardinals, “coming back to earth” means winning about 2/3 of your games…if you are the Orioles, it means winning about 2/5 of your games.

  3. nolanwiffle - May 9, 2012 at 1:03 PM

    Order’s been restored. What could possibly go wrong?

  4. hornbuckle - May 9, 2012 at 1:34 PM

    He’s lucky to have a job period.

    • Panda Claus - May 9, 2012 at 2:25 PM

      And I think he finally came to that realization.

  5. Loose Changeup - May 9, 2012 at 2:23 PM

    If D-train and Tejada are part of the recipe for winning baseball teams…I can’t even finish this sentence.

    • Panda Claus - May 9, 2012 at 2:26 PM

      …then a Train Wreck is about to occur.

      • brianforster - May 9, 2012 at 2:53 PM

        i’m an o’s fan, every year is a train wreck, we just try and enjoy it while we can.

  6. rockthered1286 - May 9, 2012 at 3:28 PM

    Relax, D-Train as a starter sits behind Arrieta, Matusz, Chen, Hunter, Hammel, Eveland, Pineiro, Britton, Tillman, Berken, Chris Davis, Wada with his opposite hand, and the beer guy in section 115. If they ALL fail then D-Train can see some action in the bigs again.

    This is all a big set up for “I told ya so…”

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