Bloomquist with the Arizona Diamondbacks
November 27, 1977 |
Port Orchard, Washington
|September 1, 2002, for the Seattle Mariners|
(through 2015 season)
|Runs batted in||225|
William Paul Bloomquist (; born November 27, 1977) is a professional baseball utility player who is currently a free agent. He has played every position, aside from catcher and pitcher, in his baseball career. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Seattle Mariners, Kansas City Royals, Cincinnati Reds, and Arizona Diamondbacks.
Professional career 1
- Seattle Mariners 1.1
- Kansas City Royals 1.2
- Cincinnati Reds 1.3
- Arizona Diamondbacks 1.4
- Second stint with Mariners 1.5
- Personal life 2
- References 3
- External links 4
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.
The Mariners signed Bloomquist to a contract extension through the 2008 season worth $1,875,000, in 2006. 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
On January 9, 2009, Bloomquist signed a two-year deal with the Kansas City Royals. He played in 197 games with the Royals over parts of 2 seasons, hitting .265.
On September 13, 2010, Bloomquist was traded to the Cincinnati Reds for a player to be named later, or cash. In 11 games with the Reds, he hit .333.
On January 18, 2011, Bloomquist signed a one-year contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks. He hit .266 in 97 games with the Diamondbacks in 2011 and re-signed with the team after the season.
Second stint with Mariners
On December 5, 2013, Bloomquist signed a two-year deal to return to the Seattle Mariners. On July 2, 2015, Bloomquist was designated for assignment, and shortstop Chris Taylor called up from the Tacoma Rainiers to take his roster spot.
Bloomquist is married and has four daughters, Natalie, Ava, Layla and Sydney. He is Roman Catholic. 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.
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- "ESPN – Mariners sign Bloomquist to two-year, $1.875M deal". Sports.espn.go.com. November 27, 2006. Retrieved October 6, 2011.
- "Royals sign Willie Bloomquist to two-year deal". Kansascity.royals.mlb.com. Retrieved October 6, 2011.
- "Reds acquire Bloomquist from KC". Marksheldon.mlblogs.com. September 13, 2010. Retrieved October 6, 2011.
- Gilbert, Steve (January 18, 2011). "Heilman returns to D-Backs with eye on rotation". MLB.com. Retrieved January 19, 2011.
- "Willie Bloomquist rejoins Mariners".
- Importance of Catholicism Hits Home for Diamondbacks Player, National Catholic Register. April 24, 2012
- Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
- Baseball Prospectus (statistics)
- Willie Bloomquist on Twitter