Dontrelle Willis Announces Retirement

Dontrelle Willis has had a strange season. (Actually, he’s had a strange career; more on that anon.)

He signed with the Orioles after being released by the Phillies during spring training. There was a dispute between Willis and the Orioles about what his role would be; he briefly wound up on the restricted list and filed a grievance. This was eventually resolved, but Willis made just four appearances (one start) for Triple-A Norfolk, posting an awful 8.53 ERA and 2.21 WHIP.

And then, this:

“Retirement” might not be the right word for a pitcher who hasn’t had a really good year since 2006 and whose record in 78 appearances (75 starts) since then is 14-30 with a 5.65 ERA and 1.70 WHIP. Before that, he was NL Rookie of the Year in 2003 and finished second in NL Cy Young voting in 2005.

It’s surprising, in a way, that Willis didn’t try the Rick Ankiel route, as he was a pretty good hitter: .244/.287/.378 in 447 career plate appearances, with 13 doubles, six triples and nine home runs. He just turned 30 last January; maybe a team would still be willing to try this.

It would be a fascinating way to end an interesting career -- but it won't happen, because not long after the first tweet, Kubatko sent out this one:

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.