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The D-Train makes a stop in Philly

by Chol Souders | Posted on Sunday, December 18th, 2011
| 505 baseball fanatics read this article

Dontrelle Willis is bringing his smile and arm to Philadelphia. (Wilfredo Lee/AP)

The Philadelphia Phillies have signed Dontrelle Willis! Yep, the Dontrelle Willis with the wild pitching motion, who was also MLB’s “it” guy for a few years, is now in Philadelphia, and guess what? I love the move. It looks like the D-Train has landed in a spot where he may be able to succeed the most. His career as a starting pitcher is most likely over, but that does not mean he’s finished as a major leaguer. Willis is still consistent against left-handed batters and could extend his career by many years by becoming a left-handed specialist out of the bullpen, which appears to be his role with Philadelphia.

Willis has been very impressive against left-handed batters recently, allowing an average of .178 to lefties since 2010. His wild delivery may not work as well against right-handed batters as it use to, but it is clear there is a future for him with this club. Add in the fact that childhood friend Jimmy Rollins is back with Philadelphia, and it seems as though there was no need for D-Train to look anywhere else.

From an outsider’s perspective, this may seem like a small move that won’t matter much. But left-handed stoppers are hard to find, and having D-Train in the pen with Antonio Bastardo gives the Phillies two strong lefty situational pieces to go to. Also, Willis has been known to have a decent swing at the plate, so in some instances (most likely long extra-inning games) he could be an extra bat off the bench.

This is a little move that could pay off in a big way for the Phillies, and if D-Train shows any of the magic from his early years in his new role, then we have an unexpected gift to cheer for.

Post By Chol Souders (127 Posts)

Born and raised in Northeast Philadelphia, Chol enjoys fun in the sun, long walks on the beach and all types of water sports." American and Wiz With" is how he orders his cheesesteak and drinking a cold Neshaminy Creek Brew while watching the game is his favorite pastime. After receiving his B.A in Telecommunications and Mass Media from Temple University he has been working in sales for 5 years, while still maintaining a strong passion for all things sports and all things Philadelphia. You can usually find him at Citizens Bank Park during the summer or at McDuffs Tavern watching every other sport during the off-season.

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