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Dontrelle Willis considering becoming a pitching coach

Apr 19, 2014, 6:55 PM EDT

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Dontrelle Willis did not stay in Triple-A very long. The Giants signed the lefty to a minor league deal back in January and officially added him to the Grizzlies’ roster last week, but Willis made two appearances before suffering an arm injury. The Giants wasted no time in releasing Willis.

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports is reporting that Willis is now considering becoming a pitching coach, and has had “a couple feelers” according to his agent Matt Sosnick.

One can imagine Willis teaching a young left-hander his unorthodox wind-up for some easy laughs, but Willis could also be valuable given his experience, his battles with adversity, and his general positive demeanor. Willis last completed a full season in the big leagues in 2007, but he has fought tooth-and-nail to get back ever since, which is quite admirable.

  1. bostonfrogs - Apr 19, 2014 at 7:23 PM

    In other news, Rob Deer is planning to become a hitting coach and Junior Felix intends to work with up and coming outfielders on their fundamentals.

    • ezthinking - Apr 19, 2014 at 8:09 PM

      Rob Deer IS a hitting coach. He was the assistant hitting coach for the Cubs last season.

      http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/11/26/cubs-hire-rob-deer-as-assistant-hitting-coach/

    • genericcommenter - Apr 19, 2014 at 11:28 PM

      Rob Deer can hit at least 47% better than your mother.

  2. shady105 - Apr 19, 2014 at 7:32 PM

    Good for him. Sucks that his career is over. I remember when he was with the marlins. He was really good with them

  3. bbk1000 - Apr 19, 2014 at 8:40 PM

    Again….those who can, do, those who can’t……well, they teach, or try to teach….

    That said, this guy has a chance as a pitching coach…..

    • wetmorepsu12 - Apr 19, 2014 at 9:33 PM

      Ignorant comment. A comment like that shows you’ve never taught a day in your life.

      • annapterp - Apr 20, 2014 at 12:00 PM

        Get over yourself. It was an amusing comment, and I have taught and coached.

  4. mattzeni15222451 - Apr 19, 2014 at 10:22 PM

    I always thought he could become an outfielder or DH, he always seemed like a good guy and i hope he finds a job in coaching

  5. Old Gator - Apr 20, 2014 at 10:44 AM

    I don’t understand why his skills, once so substantial, deteriorated so precipitously, but his persistence was remarkable. I met him twice when he was with the Feesh, two years apart. The first time was in a restaurant on South Beach, a thirty second exchange that consisted of a couple of smiles, a handshake, an expression of appreciation on my part and an almost shy thank-you on his. The second time, which was mostly just a repeat in a small jazz club in the same neighborhood, I said “good luck with the season” and he said “hey, nice to see you again.”

    I wish him all the best.

  6. southernballhawk1 - Apr 21, 2014 at 12:59 AM

    I wish someone wold give him one last chance! He’s one of my favorite pitchers ever!

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