Monday, July 7, 2014

Player Profile: Willie Bloomquist

I have three cards of Willie Bloomquist. This one is from 2010 Upper Deck.

Playing career: Utilityman Willie Bloomquist has spent thirteen years in the major leagues. He came up with the Mariners in 2002, and played with them through 2008, before moving on to Kansas City, Cincinnati and Arizona. Though he is not much of a hitter (80 career OPS+) he has good speed, stealing 131 bases in 1010 games.

Where he is now: Back with Seattle in 2014. In 37 games he is hitting .270 with 1 HR and 12 RBI. He last played on Saturday, going 0-3 in Seattle's 3-2 win over the White Sox.

My memories: Like Jeff Blauser, I always assumed he was a defense-first guy. Actually, he provides more “value” on offense, with a 5.4 career oWAR and -2.6 dWAR. He is often considered a prototype of a “replacement-level” ballplayer.

Google Autocomplete results: He is sixth when you type Willie B, between Willie Brown Musician, referring to a blues guitarist, and Willie Beamen, a character in the movie Any Given Sunday. There do not appear to be any other prominent Willie Bloomquists.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Greg Blosser.

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