Thirty years ago today, the number one song in the land was “Welcome Back” by John Sebastian of Lovin’ Spoonful. Today we can apply that to Motown (the baseball team, not the genre). The $29 million D-Train will join the team tonight in Cleveland with plans to be activated next Wednesday as the starting pitcher. The move will send aptly performing Zach Miner back to the pen.
You’ll recall (or not recall as it were) that since Willis’ signing prior to the 2008 season, he’s wracked up a mighty 8 appearances, 18 K’s, 35 BB’s a 9.38 ERA, 1 knee injury and 1 anxiety disorder diagnosis.
It is generally assumed that this trip to the bigs is his last chance in a Tiger uniform. Dombrowski has shown already this year he’s willing to flush big money to make a move (see: Gary Sheffield). Skipper Jim Leyland feels the same, “This is not a trial. This is not experimental. This is not developmental. This is the big leagues.”
You can count me among those pullling for D-Money to get back to 2005 form when he won 22 games and was 2nd in Cy Young voting. There are plenty of detractors floating around various Tiger blogs, but I imagine that if he wins enough, those goobers will disappear.
Looking back, things have never really been the same for him since he got caught peeing on that car in Florida. Maybe an older, wiser Willis is just what the Tigers’ hodgepodge rotation needs.
Aim for the bowl, Dontrelle, TGC is pulling for you.