by Caesar Cliffius Dontrelle Willis had one of the most promising baseball careers of anyone in MLB when he was the National League's Rookie of the Year in 2003. He helped lead the Florida Marlins to their second World Series Championship in 10 years. He was 14-6 with a 3.30 ERA and averaged eight strikeouts every nine innings. He also threw two shutouts in his rookie year. As many others do, Willis suffered the sophomore jinx in his second season with the Marlins. He finished the year 10-11 with an ERA of 4.02. He only finished two of the 32 games he started. In 2005 he finished second to St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter for the National league's Cy Young Award. Even though he had better numbers in nearly every category sans innings pitched and strikeouts, he only garnered 11-o ...
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