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My First Time – Dontrelle Willis – May 9, 2003

My First Time – Dontrelle Willis – May 9, 2003

The Setting – Miami, FL.  Pro Player Stadium.

From Willis – ‘I flew my mom and  a bunch of people out for the game.  I had to borrow money to do it.  Oakland to Miami on no notice is a real expensive flight’.

The Boxscore – Marlins 5, Rockies 4.  Willis pitches 6 innings allowing 7 hits and giving up 3 runs, while striking out 7.

Pitcher Dontrelle Willis Announces Retirement After 10-Year Career

Pitcher Dontrelle Willis Announces Retirement After 10-Year Career

By Bryn Swatrz, MLB Examiner

Pitcher Dontrelle Willis has retired from the game of baseball, ending a brief stint with the Baltimore Orioles’ Triple-A team.

Willis, 30, has been trying to revive his major league career for the past six seasons, which has included failed stints with the Detroit Tigers (2-8, 6.86 ERA, 92 walks in 101 innings pitched), Arizona Diamondbacks (1-1, 6.85 ERA, 27 walks in 22.1 innings pitched), Cincinnati Reds (1-6, 5.00 ERA), Philadelphia Phillies (failed to make 2012 roster as relief pitcher), and Baltimore Orioles (0-3, 8.53 ERA in Triple-A).

Over his first couple of seasons, Willis looked like he had a chance to become a Hall of Famer. He earned National League Rookie of the Year honors with the Florida Marlins in 2003, winning 14 games and posting a 3.30 earned run average as a 21-year old. The Marlins captured the second world championship in franchise history.

After a subpar 2004 season, Willis rebounded to become of the game’s best pitchers in 2005. He won 22 games, including five complete-game shutouts, while posting a 2.63 earned run average. He finished second in the Cy Young voting.

But Willis suffered through another subpar season, winning 12 of 24 decisions with a 3.87 ERA in 2006. And his downfall began in 2007, when he went 10-15 with a 5.17 earned run average.

That led to five miserable seasons attempting to revive his career, but on Monday, the 30-year old called it quits.

Over his nine-year major league career, Willis won 72 games, lost 69, and posted a 4.17 ERA. But over his final five seasons, Willis won just four of 40 starts, walking 156 batters in 199 innings, and recording a 6.15 earned run average.

’30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – ‘Top Ten Favorites Florida Marlins’

’30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – ‘Top Ten Favorites Florida Marlins’

Man, my team has been making headlines of late – and very little of it is good.

So, I wanted to flip the script a bit and think of my ‘fish’ in a more positive light.

And what better way to do that than to present to you my ‘Top Ten Favorite Florida Marlins’.

And while some of these players may not have reached the peak of their career while suited up for my ‘home team’, they certainly did make me smile while playing in Miami.

Here we go:

Honorable Mention:  Hanley Ramirez, Benito Santiago, Devon White, Gary Sheffield, Bobby Bonilla, Ivan Rodriguez, Livan Hernandez, Charles Johnson, Al Leiter, Miguel Cabrera, Cameron Maybin, Juan Pierre, Dontrelle Willis, Tim Raines, and Craig Counsell.

10 – Andre Dawson.  Come on, you know that he was going to be on the list…

9 – Logan Morrison / Chris Coghlan / Mike Stanton / Gaby Sanchez – Neither of these guys has done quite enough yet to earn a spot to themselves, but between the four of them I think our core of offense looks great for the future.  I could very easily picture each of these guys occupying a spot for themselves a few years from now…

8 – Luis Castillo.  A very solid defender who put up solid batting averages, on-base percentages, and stolen base numbers on a consistent basis.

7 – Jeff Conine – ‘Mr. Marlin’.  He is probably the team’s most recognized player of all-time, and he is worthy of the title.

6 – Dan Uggla.  I loved watching this guy club homer after homer into the empty outfield seats in Miami.

5 – Josh Johnson.  He will go down as the team’s greatest pitcher to date.  Now, JJ just needs to focus on maintaining his health.  When he is on, he is a Cy Young candidate with very few equals.

4 – Edgar Renteria.  This guy delivered offense at the best times, when they were needed the most.  Very soft-spoken and generally hiding from any form of spotlight, Edgar let his game do the talking.  It it spoke volumes!!

3 – Josh Beckett.  We got to see Josh when he was green.  But even back then, he showed us flashes of his great command and powerful stuff.  No player can single-handidly win you a championship, but Josh certainly played a big part of our 2003 title.


2 – Cody Ross.  Nothing but smiles from and for Cody.  A truly class act with a a respect for the game that is obvious with each act he completes on the field.  Probably one of the most popular Marlins players of all-time.

1 – Mike Lowell.  There was very little that Lowell couldn’t do.  He was a solid teammate, a vocal leader, and he backed up his words with great offense and supreme defense.  You cannot help but cheer for a player that has been through what he has been through – A class act all of the way!!!

And there you have it, my ‘Top Ten Favorite Florida Marlins’.

Did I miss anyone???  Let me know.

And week, I have a great idea… Think Long-Ball…  Stay tuned.

Thanks for reading!!!

Cameron Maybin & Andrew Miller – Teammates Again!!!

Together again.  Too bad it’s not in South Florida!!

I hold a special place in my heart for both Cameron Maybin and Andrew Miller.  While neither have had much of an impact while in the majors yet, to the true Marlins fans out there these guys mean quite a bit.  I’ve been tracking both of their careers and cheering for them to do well ever since ‘The Fish’ traded away Miguel Cabrera and Dontrelle Willis for them what seems like eons ago.

While both guys have shown flashes of possible greatness, they have also shown us that they have quite a ways to go to be real contributors to the team each and every time they take the field.  Prior to the start of the 2009 baseball season, Maybin has being tabbed as a favorite for the Rookie of the Year award.  And Miller had earned a starting spot in a pitching rotation that was the envy of the sport.

Well, now that Andrew Miller has been sent down to AAA ball in New Orleans, he and Cameron Maybin are teammates again.  Hopefully they will enjoy one anthers company as they both work hard to get another shot on the ‘big club’ sometime this season.  Until that happens, I will continue to root them on from afar.

I still have my fingers crossed that the Cabrera trade was not the most one-sided trade in Marlins’ history!!!


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Keeping Tabs on Cameron Maybin

I have tried not to fall into the position of watching and waiting for rookies to make their debuts.  I have been burned numerous times in my card collecting life by the ‘Next Dwight Gooden’ or ‘Next Eric Davis’.

But, when the Florida Marlins traded Miguel Cabrera and Dontrelle Willis last year to the Tigers, I was more than curious to see what we were getting in return.   To date, none of the players have been a breakout success with the Marlins.  Andrew Miller had started 20 games for the ‘Fish’ this year before going on the DL and is now working his way through the minors in an attempt to be back with the club by the end of the year.  Catcher Mike Rabelo hit just .202 in 34 games before being demoted.  Both Burke Badenhop and Eulogio De La Cruz embarrased themselves as members of our pitching staff and neither has been seen since July 1.  And Dallas Trahern is bouncing around A and AAA ball with his wonderful 6+ ERA.

So, it’s all up to Cameron Maybin.  He is the last player from the trade that holds any glimmer of hope for all Marlin Fans.  No pressure, but we need him to step up and be our everyday Center Fielder and it would help if he could score runs for us at will as well as steal 25+ bases and hit 25+ home runs every year.  The notes on Maybin are pretty positive and they all just say he needs time to adjust to major league pitching.  Based on his number of strikeouts this season(115 in 101 games) in AA ball, it’s clear he’s not ready to step in just yet.  But everything else looks very promising – .278 batting average, with 68 runs scored, 13 home runs, and 20 steals. 

We’re all keeping our fingers crossed that Maybin can turn into an everyday player because if he does not, this extremely one-sided trade with the Tigers could end up being one of the worst trades in baseball history.

Good Luck Cameron, South Florida is waiting for you!!!