Willie Bloomquist

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Willie Bloomquist
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Bloomquist with the Arizona Diamondbacks
Seattle Mariners – No. 8
Utility player
Born: (1978-11-27) November 27, 1978 (age 36)
Port Orchard, Washington
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
September 1, 2002 for the Seattle Mariners
Career statistics
(through June 27, 2014)
Batting average .272
Home runs 18
Runs batted in 218
Stolen bases 131
Teams

William Paul "Big News" Bloomquist Swedish pronunciation: [blomːkvist] (born November 27, 1978) is a professional baseball utility player for the Seattle Mariners of Major League Baseball (MLB). He has played every position, aside from catcher and pitcher, in his baseball career.

Professional career[edit]

Seattle Mariners[edit]

Bloomquist with the Seattle Mariners in 2008

Bloomquist was drafted out of South Kitsap High School in Port Orchard, Washington by the Seattle Mariners in the eighth round (237th overall) of the 1996 amateur draft, but was not signed. He was named ASU On Deck Circle Most Valuable Player; other winners include Dustin Pedroia, Ike Davis, Paul Lo Duca, and Barry Bonds.[1]

He was drafted again by the Mariners out of Arizona State University in the third round (95th overall) of the 1999 Major League Baseball Draft and signed.

The Mariners signed Bloomquist to a contract extension through the 2008 season worth $1,875,000, in 2006.[2] On June 15, 2007, he hit an inside-the-park home run in Minute Maid Park. On June 26, 2007, Bloomquist hit a lead-off home run in the second inning—on what was his 1,000th career at-bat.

Kansas City Royals[edit]

On January 9, 2009, Bloomquist signed a two-year deal with the Kansas City Royals.[3] He played in 197 games with the Royals over parts of 2 seasons, hitting .265.

Cincinnati Reds[edit]

On September 13, 2010, Bloomquist was traded to the Cincinnati Reds for a player to be named later, or cash.[4] In 11 games with the Reds, he hit .333.

Arizona Diamondbacks[edit]

On January 18, 2011, Bloomquist signed a one-year contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks.[5] He hit .266 in 97 games with the Diamondbacks in 2011 and re-signed with the team after the season.

Second stint with Mariners[edit]

On December 5, 2013, Bloomquist signed a two-year deal to return to the Seattle Mariners.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Bloomquist is married and has three daughters, Natalie, Ava and Layla. He is Roman Catholic.[7] Bloomquist was a guest on a national sports radio show called Blessed2Play where he talked about how his Catholic faith assists him in his personal and professional lives.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "#1 in College Sports". CSTV.com. May 27, 2008. Retrieved May 14, 2010. 
  2. ^ "ESPN – Mariners sign Bloomquist to two-year, $1.875M deal". Sports.espn.go.com. November 27, 2006. Retrieved October 6, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Royals sign Willie Bloomquist to two-year deal". Kansascity.royals.mlb.com. Retrieved October 6, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Reds acquire Bloomquist from KC". Marksheldon.mlblogs.com. September 13, 2010. Retrieved October 6, 2011. 
  5. ^ Gilbert, Steve (January 18, 2011). "Heilman returns to D-Backs with eye on rotation". MLB.com. Retrieved January 19, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Willie Bloomquist rejoins Mariners". ESPN. December 5, 2013. Retrieved December 5, 2013. 
  7. ^ Importance of Catholicism Hits Home for Diamondbacks Player, National Catholic Register. April 24, 2012

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