Long Island Ducks General Manager Mike Pfaff announced via his twitter account that the Ducks have signed left-handed pitcher Dontrelle Willis for the 2013 season.
originally drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 8th round (223rd overall)
of the 2000 Major League Baseball draft. He broke into the major
leagues in 2003 with the Florida Marlins. That season he was electric,
going 14-6 with a 3.30 ERA, leading the Marlins to a World Series title.
He was eventually named the National League Rookie of the Year. In
2005, he had another stellar season with the Marlins, finishing the
season with a 22-10 record and a 2.63 ERA, He was voted to his second
Major League All-Star game and finished second to Randy Johnson in the
Cy Young Award voting. Over the next few years Willis was a solid
pitcher for the Marlins but nothing like his first three seasons. A
string of injuries contributed to inconsistency, which saw him play for
five different organizations (Detroit Tigers, San Fransisco Giants,
Arizona Diamondbacks, Cincinnati Reds, and Baltimore Orioles) since
2008. Last season, he pitched in 4 games for the Orioles Triple-A
I've always liked Dontrelle Willis. He was always smiling and you
could tell he really enjoyed playing the game, which is probably why he
hasn't retired yet. Hopefully like many other for major league veterans,
he can resurrect his career with the Ducks.