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Fletch
06-11-2003, 09:10 AM
Anyone know about Dontrelle Willis of the Marlins? I know the Marlins stink, but I'm hearing that this cat, according to Tim McCarver, may be the best young pitcher to come along in years. What's his stuff? He starts tonite against the Brewers. Peace.

AD
06-11-2003, 10:49 AM
I've heard about him and I've been hearing that he might be the next Mark Prior. I still haven't seen him pitch but his record is pretty damn good so far. He's only pitched in 6 games and he has 4 wins 1 loss, 38K's, 3.00ERA, and a 1.42WHIP. The WHIP numbers might be a little high, but the guy is still in training and I'm sure he'll get better.

djdub63
06-11-2003, 10:57 AM
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/media/photo/2003-06/8088248.jpg

Sharp Eye Washington
06-11-2003, 12:00 PM
He's bringing it from the left? Go brother.

Fletch
06-11-2003, 01:01 PM
Originally posted by Phil Bernard:
He's bringing it from the left? Go brother. Yeah, That's why I posted. African American starting pitchers, period, are rare. African American starting lefties are once every two generations. The next Vida Blue?

[ June 11, 2003, 02:02 PM: Message edited by: einnod23 ]

Dolemite73
06-11-2003, 01:32 PM
Guess what....he was a Chicago Cubs minor leaguer. Then they traded him.

Sharp Eye Washington
06-11-2003, 01:36 PM
Yeah Vida was the last great African American lefty. Thanks because I never heard of this kid. I'll start following the Marlins. Since we are on the topic of African Americans & baseball, it appears that we are slowly disappearing from MLB. Inner cities were full of baseball diamonds in the 60's & 70's. I drive through my old neighborhoods & most of the baseball diamonds are gone. I guess everybody wants to be like Mike. We have a rich history in MLB I hope we return to the game as players & fans.

Fletch
06-11-2003, 01:54 PM
Speaking of Vida, Dontrelle's from Oakland.

Vida Blue. 209-161, 3.27 ERA, 3-time 20 game winner, CY Young and MVP in 1971. He's NOT in Cooperstown. Yes, he had some serious drug problems, but considering baseball's non-existent drug policy, why is he not enshrined? Go figure.

Speaking of African American lefties, I forget how Brien Taylor (late 80s Yankee prospect) tore his shoulder up. I think it was a fight in a bar, but correct me if I'm wrong.

Sharp Eye Washington
06-11-2003, 02:09 PM
Originally posted by einnod23:
Speaking of Vida, Dontrelle's from Oakland.

Vida Blue. 209-161, 3.27 ERA, 3-time 20 game winner, CY Young and MVP in 1971. He's NOT in Cooperstown. Yes, he had some serious drug problems, but considering baseball's non-existent drug policy, why is he not enshrined? Go figure.

Speaking of African American lefties, I forget how Brien Taylor (late 80s Yankee prospect) tore his shoulder up. I think it was a fight in a bar, but correct me if I'm wrong. Based on those numbers (not to mention 3 time world champ) He should have a plaque in Cooperstown. I remember when Vida broke in with that blazing fastball. Nobody could touch him! Brien Taylor should have been the ace of the Yankees staff right now. He made a really bad choice. Sometimes you need to leave those friends in the hood.

P-Flipp
06-11-2003, 11:24 PM
Brothers in this game have been scarce and that is a crying shame.I will be keeping my eyes open for this kid.

P-Flipp
06-11-2003, 11:37 PM
The line on his latest game a 6-5 triumph over the Brewers.

Florida IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
D Willis 6 2/3 8 3 3 1 5 1 3.16
W 5-1

[ June 12, 2003, 12:39 AM: Message edited by: P-Flipp ]

Fletch
06-12-2003, 03:09 AM
I'll be able to see him on TV Monday night. Marlins host the Mets. Peace.