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Dontrelle Willis is playing for the Bridgeport Bluefish now

Jul 17, 2014, 4:46 PM EST

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When last we checked in with Dontrelle Willis the former Rookie of the Year had been released by the Giants in April and was talking about potentially becoming a pitching coach.

Apparently nothing came of that, because now Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that Willis has signed with the Bridgeport Bluefish of the independent Atlantic League and will make his debut Friday night.

Willis is still just 32 years old, but he hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2011 and hasn’t been effective in the majors since way back in 2006. Since then he has a 5.65 ERA in 404 innings as a major leaguer, with some similarly ugly numbers in the minors of late.

I still wonder what might have happened if Willis had given up pitching in 2009 or so and focused on becoming a full-time hitter, like Rick Ankiel. At this point that ship has sailed too, unfortunately, but he’s a career .244 hitter with nine homers and a .665 OPS in 447 plate appearances.

  1. csbanter - Jul 17, 2014 at 5:16 PM

    Marlins burned his arm out…… The D-Train has left the station

  2. asimonetti88 - Jul 17, 2014 at 5:24 PM

    All things considered, he had a pretty good career.. got a World Series ring, made a couple All-Star Games and earned a couple million dollars. He may not go down as an All-Time Great, or even a Great at all, but he did well enough for himself.

  3. kyleshabram - Jul 17, 2014 at 7:56 PM

    Baseball hasn’t been the same since it lost his windup. It always was a thing if beauty.

    • dsaverno - Jul 18, 2014 at 9:28 AM

      absolutely. He was so full of joy and exuberant on the mound you couldn’t help rooting for him. As an Indians fan, I considered Ubaldo as his right-handed mirror image. Same delivery repeatability issues and none of the pizzazz.

  4. joehahntpt - Jul 18, 2014 at 12:52 AM

    I need to catch a Bluefish game soon!

  5. Caardel Eaddy - Jul 18, 2014 at 10:42 PM

    Saw him pitch tonight. Here’s his numbers: 5.0 innings, 5 hits, 4 earned runs, 1 walk, and 5 strikeouts

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