Dontrelle Willis announced his retirement on Monday afternoon. The left-hander was trying to resurrect his career with the Baltimore Orioles this season, but toiled his way through the team's farm system, posting an 8.53 ERA. Florida fans will always remember Willis for the prodigious start to his career with the Marlins.â†µ
Willis burst onto the scene with the Marlins in 2003. He won 14 games that season with a 3.30 ERA, and was recognized as the National League Rookie of the Year. He spent five seasons with the Marlins, easily the most memorable of his career.â†µ
In 2005, Willis finished second in the voting for the National League Cy Young Award. He won 22 games and posted a 2.62 ERA in 34 starts and 236 innings.â†µ
A heavy workload with the Marlins took a toll on Willis. He started 162 games in five seasons with the Fish, pitching at least 34 starts and 200 innings in his last three years there. He never made more than 13 starts in a season again.â†µ
Willis left Florida for Detroit. From there, he made stops in Arizona and Cincinnati before this season.