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Dontrelle Willis to Ducks


No, we aren’t slowly making the transition into a Long Island Ducks blog.  But the Ducks have now made waves in back-to-back days, and they will visit York May 3-5 in just the second homestand of the season.  Fans in attendance that weekend will see some familiar faces.

A day after inking Vladimir Guerrero to a deal, today Long Island also added Dontrelle Willis, who pitched in nine MLB seasons between 2003 and 2011 with the Marlins, Tigers, Diamondbacks and Reds. After making 13 starts apiece for Triple-A Louisville and Cincinnati in 2011, Willis appeared in just four games for Triple-A Norfolk  in the Orioles system last season, making one start.

After bursting onto the scene with the Marlins in star fashion, Willis has made just 43 Major League starts since the beginning of the 2008 season, after the Marlins traded him to Detroit following the 2007 season.  As a rookie in 2003, he helped the Marlins to their second World Series title, going 14-6 in 27 starts after being called up from Double-A that season.  Originally drafted by the Cubs in 2000, he has a 72-69 career MLB record.

-Paul Braverman


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