Tag: Willie Bloomquist

Willie Bloomquist Announces Retirement in Twitter Video

MLB player Willie Bloomquist announced his retirement Friday via Twitter after a 14-year career:

Bloomquist, 38, was a career .269 hitter, finishing with 18 home runs, 225 RBI and 133 stolen bases. He spent nine seasons with the Seattle Mariners (in two separate stints), three seasons with the Arizona Diamondbacks, 1.5 seasons with the Kansas City Royals and appeared in 11 games with the Cincinnati Reds.

Bloomquist thanked all of those teams in a separate tweet:

While he was never a star in MLB, Bloomquist was a solid and versatile player who was always a threat on the basepaths and played every position in his career except for pitcher and catcher. 

And, if nothing else, he certainly knew how to go out in style.


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Arizona Diamondbacks Sign Longtime Utility Man Willie Bloomquist

SI.com’s baseball writer, Jon Heyman, has tweetedto the world this afternoon that long-time utility man Willie Bloomquist has agree to a one-year, $1.05 million contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks. The contract also includes a mutual option for 2012.

Bloomquist has been known to play all over the infield as well as the outfield and could probably play a little pitcher too and might need to with the way the Diamondbacks preseason is shaping up to be so far. 

Bloomquist spent last year with the Kansas City Royals and the Cincinnati Reds last season batting .267 with three home runs and 17 RBI. Bloomquist will probably come off the bench to play for Arizona in the latter part of the innings.

All in all, this is probably a better signing than Geoff Blum.

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