Willis as Seattle Mariners pitching coach, 2011
|Seattle Mariners – No. 48|
December 28, 1960 |
|Batted: Left||Threw: Right|
|June 9, 1984 for the Detroit Tigers|
|Last MLB appearance|
|May 3, 1995 for the Minnesota Twins|
|Earned run average||4.25|
|Career highlights and awards|
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.
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. 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.
On November 30, 2009, Willis was named the Seattle Mariners minor-league pitching coordinator. 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 2014.
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.
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference