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Dontrelle Willis

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Dontrelle Wayne Willis (born January 12, 1982 in Oakland, California), popularly known as "D-Train," is a Major League Baseball pitcher for the Florida Marlins who made his debut in 2003. He is known for his very exaggerated, high leg kick in his pitch delivery, a trait which has drawn comparisons to Hall of Famer Juan Marichal. He attended Encinal High School in Alameda, California, where he played baseball for four years.

The Chicago Cubs traded Willis, pitchers Julian Tavarez and Jose Cueto, and catcher Ryan Jorgensen to the Florida Marlins in exchange for pitchers Matt Clement and Antonio Alfonseca on March 27, 2002.

In 2003, Willis was named the National League Rookie Of The Year. He went 14-6 with a 3.30 ERA in 27 starts.

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