Carl Willis

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This article is about the baseball player. For the Australian footballer and cricketer, see Carl Willis (sportsman).
Carl Willis
Carl Willis 2011.jpg
Willis as Seattle Mariners pitching coach, 2011
Seattle Mariners – No. 48
Pitcher/Pitching Coach
Born: (1960-12-28) December 28, 1960 (age 54)
Danville, Virginia
Batted: Left Threw: Right
MLB debut
June 9, 1984 for the Detroit Tigers
Last MLB appearance
May 3, 1995 for the Minnesota Twins
Career statistics
Win–loss record 22–16
Earned run average 4.25
Strikeouts 222

Coaching Career

Career highlights and awards
  • World Series Champion (1991)

Carl Blake Willis (born December 28, 1960) is a former relief pitcher for the Detroit Tigers, Cincinnati Reds, Chicago White Sox and Minnesota Twins. He is formerly the pitching coach of the Seattle Mariners.

Playing career[edit]

Willis was a member of two World Series champions: the Tigers in the 1984 World Series and the Twins in the 1991 World Series. However, he did not get a World Series ring in the 1984 Series because he was traded around the middle of the season.[citation needed] In 9 seasons he had a 22-16 win–loss record, 267 games, 2 games started, 81 games finished, 13 saves, 390 innings pitched, 424 hits allowed, 210 runs allowed, 184 earned runs allowed, 28 home runs allowed, 115 walks allowed, 222 strikeouts, 2 hit batsmen, 20 wild pitches, 1,668 batters faced, 25 intentional walks, 3 balks and a 4.25 ERA.

Coaching career[edit]

From 2003 to 2009 he served as the pitching coach for the Cleveland Indians.[1]

On November 30, 2009, Willis was named the Seattle Mariners minor-league pitching coordinator.[2] On August 9, 2010, Willis was promoted to the Seattle Mariners Coaching Staff as the new Pitching Coach replacing Rick Adair who was fired along with Manager Don Wakamatsu & Bench Coach Ty Van Burkleo. Carl served in this capacity until 2013.

Carl has had three pitchers win Cy Young awards during his time as being a pitching coach. CC Sabathia in 2007, Cliff Lee in 2008, and Felix Hernandez in 2010.

Was named pitching coach for Columbus Clippers for 2015 of Cleveland Indians Organization.