Former Florida Marlins sensation Dontrelle Willis has announced his retirement from baseball. The announcement comes after the left-hander had made several disappointing appearances for the Baltimore Orioles’ Triple-A team.
In four starts at Triple-A Norfolk, Willis was 0-3 with an 8.53 ERA.
Willis was the National League Rookie of the Year in 2003 with the Marlins and became one of baseball’s most popular stars rapidly. His big smile and wacky delivery made him instantly recognizable. He also had great stuff.
Willis burst on to the scene as a 21-year-old in 2003 and went 14-6 with a 3.30 ERA as a rookie. He then led the NL in wins in 2005 when he went 22-10 with a 2.63 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP.
He played parts of nine major league seasons compiling a record of 72-69, with a 4.17 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP.
Willis’ skills rapidly declined, after starting 35 games for the Marlins in 2007, he never made more than 13 starts for a team over the next four seasons. His record from 2008 to 2011 was just 4-15.
It’s sad that Willis is done with baseball at just 30 years old but that appears to be the case.