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Dontrelle sent to Class A

Posted on: June 10, 2008 4:10 pm
Edited on: June 10, 2008 4:21 pm
 

The Tigers had to do something with Dontrelle Willis, that much was clear. They couldn't keep starting him, not after Willis showed again Monday night that he just can't throw the ball over the plate. So today, with Willis' permission, the Tigers optioned their struggling left-hander to Class A Lakeland.

"We don't want to put a time frame on it," general manager Dave Dombrowski said. "We just want to get him right."

 Willis has been so bad (a 10.32 ERA and 21 walks in 11 1/3 innings) that releasing him might have been a possibility, except that the Tigers just signed him to a three-year, $29 million contract after acquiring him from Florida last December. With that kind of money invested in him, they had little choice but to do whatever it takes to turn him around.

It's not clear whether Willis will pitch for the Class A Flying Tigers right away. Dombrowski said they want their minor-league pitching coaches (Jon Matlack and Joe Coleman) to work with Willis on his mechanics.

As recently as 2005, Willis was a 22-game winner who finished second in the National League Cy Young voting. His numbers have progressively gotten worse since then, but this year's fall-off has been even more dramatic. Willis had trouble throwing strikes in the latter part of spring training, and he didn't get better when the season began. In an 8-2 Tiger loss to Cleveland Monday night, Willis walked five and allowed eight runs in just 1 1/3 innings.

Willis is still just 25 years old.

The Tigers didn't decide on who will replace Willis in the rotation. They're considering several options, but manager Jim Leyland said Eddie Bonine (9-2 with a 4.48 ERA at Triple-A Toledo) is a strong possibility.

Category: MLB
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Since: Jun 16, 2008
Posted on: June 16, 2008 4:34 pm
 

Dontrelle sent to Class A

Dude, I've been to Miami too and it's a shithole as well. We contributed to the world with automobiles. Miami has what? Ports? C'mon.......
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Since: Oct 10, 2006
Posted on: June 11, 2008 3:32 pm
 

Dontrelle sent to Class A

Another great comment Knobbler... the Tigers need to do something with Willis...I think they already did, DUMBBROWSKI gave him more money and the same with Cabrera.  In the mean time, Leyland has to suffer throught the embarrassment, and the rest of the team wants more money.  You can't expect them to play harder with that philosophy in the dugout.  Except for Brandon Inge, who should take the year off, and get traded somewhere to be appreciated for the athlete he is.  Now he has to platoon with Pudge??  Cabrera could not even play 3B, and you gave him more money, DUMBBROWSKI, what the hell??  You will be lucky if he hits anywhere near his numbers because he is facing AL pitching now, not NL.  Keep up the good work, that way the Indians may still be able to win the division.



Since: Oct 10, 2006
Posted on: June 11, 2008 3:22 pm
 

Dontrelle sent to Class A

So how does Dave DUMBBROWSKI explain giving the 2 guys from Florida extended contracts before they even show up.  That has to be the stupidest move of all times.  Willis looked like a little kid on the mound the other night.  I know some high school girl softball pitchers that can get the ball over the plate more than he did.   Another good comment by the new reporter....the Tigers had to do something....DUH!!   Maybe you can have an intelligent conversation with DUMBBROWSKI about how he needs to do something about Willis, LIKE GET YOUR MONEY




Since: Oct 10, 2006
Posted on: June 11, 2008 3:22 pm
 

Dontrelle sent to Class A

So how does Dave DUMBBROWSKI explain giving the 2 guys from Florida extended contracts before they even show up.  That has to be the stupidest move of all times.  Willis looked like a little kid on the mound the other night.  I know some high school girl softball pitchers that can get the ball over the plate more than he did.   Another good comment by the new reporter....the Tigers had to do something....DUH!!   Maybe you can have an intelligent conversation with DUMBBROWSKI about how he needs to do something about Willis, LIKE GET YOUR



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