Dontrelle Willis Finally Done?
The Giants today released Dontrelle Willis from their AAA team, the Fresno Grizzlies. Dontrelle had only thrown two-thirds of an inning in two appearances, but he had thrown three wild pitches, the last one apparently the result of a serious arm injury, as Dontrelle grabbed his pitching arm and dropped to the ground after uncorking the wild one a couple of days ago.
This is probably the end of Dontrelle’s professional baseball career, although I’ve said as much before, and Dontrelle keeps proving me wrong. However, he hasn’t pitched in the major leagues since 2011, and there can’t be too many more teams willing to give him a chance. Still, he’s only 32 years old, so if his arm heals, who knows?
Dontrelle has long been one of my favorite players. He’s a local boy from Alameda, he seemed to really enjoy playing the game, at least when he was young and good, and he was one of the best hitting pitchers of this generation. If he is now really and truly done for good, MLB will a little bit poorer for it. That said, every player’s career has to come to an end at some point. I just wish Dontrelle’s professional end had come a few more years into the future.