Dontrelle Willis last pitched in the major leagues on July 3, 2010. He gave up three earned runs on three hits in an inning of relief for the Arizona Diamondbacks. Today he’ll make his return to the bigs when he starts for the Cincinnati Reds today in Milwaukee. The Reds are currently 3 games out of first in the NL Central.
Willis has started 13 games this year for the Louisville Bats. He’s 5-2 with a 2.63 ERA, 67 strikeouts and 20 walks in 75 1/3 innings. It’s like he can play baseball again.
Willis stormed onto the baseball scene with the Marlins in 2003 when Florida last won the World Series. (Suck it, New York!) Willis was an All-Star and named the NL Rookie of the Year. In 2005 he was an All-Star again and won 22 games. Other than those two seasons, Willis has been a sub-.500 pitcher with unimpressive stats. I don’t care though.
[This is where I, as a Florida Marlins fan, would post a video from the 2003 season of Willis being awesome as a Florida Marlin. However, video of Willis as a Marlin does not exist on YouTube or MLB.com. Instead you get this italicized paragraph. I think it achieves the desired effect.]
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