Whatever Became of Dontrelle Willis?


I was perusing the MLB section of ESPN.com today when I came across a transaction that made me a bit nostalgic for recent days gone by.

San Francisco Giants Sign LHP Willis to Minor League Deal”, it read.

The Willis in question is of course former Detroit Tiger Dontrelle Willis, a man who was at one point one of the game’s brightest young stars. In fact, once upon a time, Cubs fans feared he would etch his name alongside Lou Brock as the “other” one that got away.

Willis was the centerpiece of a deal with Florida prior to the 2002 season that netted the Cubs closer Antonio Alfonseca and SP Matt Clement. Alfonseca turned out to be yet another in a string of Cub closer busts and while Clement proved to be a solid force in the rotation for a couple years, he couldn’t match the buzz created by Willis the following season.

By Matt Lindner

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