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Dontrelle Willis To Retire

The former National League Rookie of the Year has informed the Milwaukee Brewers, the team he was trying to make a comeback with, that he was planning on retiring.  According to information on MLBTradeRumors, Willis has been nursing a neck injury that has kept him out of games so far.

Dontrelle Willis, 33, hasn’t pitched in the major leagues since 2011 when he was a member of the Cincinnati Reds.  He has tried several comeback attempts but none were successful.  Willis won the Rookie of the Year award in 2003 when he went 14-6 with an ERA of 3.30, and played a role in the then Florida Marlins World Series victory over the New York Yankees.

After a relatively disappointing sophomore season, Willis won a league-leading 22 games in 2005 earning him his second and final All-Star appearance and finished second in the Cy Young Award voting as well.

He had a very quirky but memorable delivery and when he was on he was on.  It is always unfortunate when a player has to hang ’em up after such a great start to their career.  He finished his days in the major leagues with a record of 72-69 and an ERA of 4.17, with 896 strikeouts in 1221.2 innings.

John Ginder

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