Former Cougar Willingham set to retire at season’s end

Former Kane County Cougars 3B Josh Willingham will retire after this season, Minnesota Twins beat writer Mike Berardino reported today.

Willingham, now an outfielder/designated hitter, has seen limited playing time this month due to a groin injury. If the Kansas City Royals advance to the postseason, it will be Willingham’s first trip to the playoffs during his 11-year MLB career.

In addition to the Royals and the Twins, Willingham played with the Florida Marlins, the Washington Nationals, and the Oakland Athletics.

He played with the Cougars in 2001, batting .259 with 7 HR, 36 RBI and 24 SB in 97 games. His Kane County teammates included Detroit Tigers 1B Miguel Cabrera and Los Angeles Dodgers 1B Adrian Gonzalez. The Cougars were affiliated with the Marlins at that time.

Josh Willingham played for the Kane County Cougars in 2001. (Photo from The Cougars Den)

Josh Willingham played with the Kane County Cougars in 2001. (Photo from The Cougars Den)

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