Brewers, his lone trip to the postseason, he hit .318 (7-for-22) with 1 RBI and 3 stolen bases in 5 games. [5] In 11 games with the Reds, he hit .333. Tempe Sports Complex (includes Willie Bloomquist Field) 8403 S Hardy Dr Tempe Arizona United States 85284 (Last updated 09/12/18 at 08:56 AM ) View Directions. The Rotary also funded improvements to the parking lot. Willie! [6] He hit .266 in 97 games with the Diamondbacks in 2011 and re-signed with the team after the season. Ultimately, what you get out of the game is what you put into the game. Login/Register (0) Search. In 2018, the team dedicated Willie Bloomquist Field in Tempe as part of the Diamonds Back Field Building program, in conjunction with APS. He gave me the building blocks for my career, taught me how to do things the right way. During his 14-year Major League career, which included time with the Mariners (2002-08, ’14-15), Royals (2009-10) and Reds (2010), Bloomquist hit .269 with 778 hits, 110 doubles, 23 triples, 18 home runs, 225 RBI and 133 stolen bases in 1,055 career games. Don’t quit! Seeing time in 1,055 games, he saw action as a quasi-regular just once, batting .265 in 125 games for the 2009 Kansas City Royals while logging double digit starts at second base, shortstop and center and right field. Jake: 14 years in the bigs. Some defensive statistics Copyright © Baseball Info Solutions, 2010-2020. So for me, I was a type of guy who likes to prove people wrong and at the end of the day you have 14 years in and, you wake up and say “well, that was a pretty good career! He was honored as Pac-10 Player of the Year in 1999 and was named first-team All-American by Baseball America. All images are property the copyright holder and are displayed here for informational purposes only. Two ball fields used for youth baseball, softball and soccer, trails and parking lot (Partnership Property). Arizona Diamondbacks. Bill Bloomquist Rotary Park DedicationSon Willie Bloomquist became a great local ballplayer and part of the South Kitsap local color. He and his wife, Lisa, have 4 daughters, Natalie, Ava, Layla and Sydney. This park does not have restrooms, PARK RENTAL FACILITY - BILL BLOOMQUIST ROTARY PARK ATHLETIC FIELDS, Grass field for Youth Baseball, Softball, Soccer.
Jake: Was there somebody that inspired you? He compiled a .977 fielding percentage playing outfield (339 games), shortstop (305 games), third base (142), second base (141) and first base (47). Man, and we’re here at Chase Field. On January 18, 2011, Bloomquist signed a one-year contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks. You can’t always control the results. In addition to playing for the D-backs from 2011-13 -- which included filling an important role on the '11 National League West championship club, his lone playoff appearance in a 14-year MLB career -- Saturday's field dedication was in the shadow of nearby Arizona State University, where the Sun Devil Hall of Famer earned 1999 Pac-10 Player of the Year honors and posted a collegiate batting average of .394 over three seasons. In international play, he hit .389/.421/.778 for the USA national team in the 1998 Baseball World Cup, finishing as one of the top two US hitters. Really great to see you man! Or write about sports? Willie: Well, I mean you know, it’s all about setting yourself apart from the person next to you. In December 2001, he graduated from ASU with a degree in management and in 2013, he was inducted into the ASU Sports Hall of Fame. Those are the things you can control as a player. He’s the man that introduced me to the game of baseball. Willie Bloomquist was the prototypical utility player, playing at least 45 games at every position except pitcher and catcher in a fourteen year career. Nozomi Park. BlueCross® Blue Shield® of Arizona (BCBSAZ) and Body by Jake® are neither responsible nor liable for any injury or harm you may sustain as a result of performing any exercise. [10], Pac-12 Conference Baseball Player of the Year, "Football 2014: South Kitsap's 1994 team surprisingly reached new heights", "ESPN – Mariners sign Bloomquist to two-year, $1.875M deal", "Royals sign Willie Bloomquist to two-year deal", "Heilman returns to D-Backs with eye on rotation", Importance of Catholicism Hits Home for Diamondbacks Player, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Willie_Bloomquist&oldid=970280452, Arizona State Sun Devils baseball players, World Baseball Classic players of the United States, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, September 1, 2002, for the Seattle Mariners, Career statistics and player information from, This page was last edited on 30 July 2020, at 11:05. I’m a big Mariners fan and heard the voice of Dave Niehaus in my head, you know as I’m hitting wiffle balls or tennis balls over the fence, and, you know, dreaming about one day. Do you have a blog? "There is no doubt that Willie is the right role model for all of these residents here in Tempe. Son Willie Bloomquist became a great local ballplayer and part of the South Kitsap local color.

In 2018, the team dedicated Willie Bloomquist Field in Tempe as part of the Diamonds Back Field Building program, in conjunction with APS. Well done man! He and his wife, Lisa, have 4 daughters, Natalie, Ava, Layla and Sydney.

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To reduce and avoid injury, you should check with your doctor before beginning any fitness program. Willie Bloomquist enters his fifth season as a Special Assistant to D-backs President & CEO Derrick Hall after joining the front office in May 2016.
Willie Bloomquist - Special Assistant to the President & CEO. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona Member? It's a game of failure. And how do you like me now?” sort of thing. Bloomquist attended the dedication at the Tempe Sports Complex. Just weeks after the big league ballclub debuted Erubiel Durazo Field in Douglas, Ariz., the renovated Willie Bloomquist Field similarly represented a community investment in youth sports programs exceeding $10 million since its overall inception in 2000.The latest "Diamonds Back" field features a new scoreboard, fencing, windscreens and trees funded by the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation, while the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community funded the irrigation system, sod and other general field and practice field updates. Not always the flashy way, but to go out and just play the game the right way. "Crediting his late father, Bill, former ASU baseball head coach Pat Murphy and former D-backs manager Kirk Gibson as positive influences on his life, Bloomquist told the young Tempe ballplayers in attendance -- who were all decked out in D-backs-branded uniforms as part of the franchise's Give Back jersey program -- that the national pastime can give back in unexpected ways if you let it. There was a time in triple-A that I would…first half of the year I was hitting about a buck forty. In 2012, he set career highs with a .302 average and 21 doubles. He was drafted again by the Mariners out of Arizona State University in the third round (95th overall) of the 1999 MLB draft and signed. In 225 games for the D-backs, he hit .289 with 36 doubles, 8 triples, 4 homers, 63 RBI, 43 walks and 27 stolen bases. In 1998, Bloomquist tied a College World Series single-game record with five hits in a game with Long Beach State. Watch our How-To Videos to Become a Stathead, Subscribe to Stathead and get access to more data than you can imagine.

Bloomquist played baseball at South Kitsap High School in Port Orchard, WA, then was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the 8th round of the 1996 amateur draft. You agree to contact BCBSAZ through MyBlue to update your Account Profile if you change your home number. Body by Jake is independent of BCBSAZ. At the all-star break I might go “there’s no way I’m gonna make it up” and ended up just kind of going back to the basics. All rights reserved. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Seattle Mariners, Kansas City Royals, Cincinnati Reds, and Arizona Diamondbacks. By submitting your email address, you are agreeing to receive emails from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona. Blue Cross, Blue Shield, and the Cross and Shield Symbols are registered service marks of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans. Our reasoning for presenting offensive logos. Total Zone Rating and initial framework for Wins above Replacement calculations provided by Sean Smith. All logos are the trademark & property of their owners and not Sports Reference LLC. Bid on Willie Bloomquist Autographed Baseball at MLB Auctions. Jake: Hey I’m Jake of Body by Jake, welcome to our motivational minute with Willie Bloomquist! When he made it to the major leagues he captured the hearts of Mariners fans, and now plays for the Arizona Diamondbacks. "I’m honored," Bloomquist said. Beautiful! Instead, expect to hear about that last game's final score and his Monsoon team's latest win-loss record.

Getting a chance to play it – both my hometown teams, in Seattle, here in Arizona, especially great times. Jaycee Park. And I don’t mean that in a dog-eat-dog world, but let’s be honest – we are in a tough tough industry. Are you a Stathead, too? So if there’s a message I could pass on to younger guys, it’s even though it’s the new millennium and everything’s kind of given to you, you got to work for what you get in return.

Seeing time in 1,055 games, he saw action as a quasi-regular just once, batting .265 in 125 games for the 2009 Kansas City Royals while logging double digit starts at second base, shortstop and center and right field. Jake: Hey I’m Jake of Body by Jake, welcome to our motivational minute with Willie Bloomquist! Going out to have fun and play and ironically had a great second half and got called up at the end of season. Boston Red Sox. You know, playing for the Mariners and that obviously came true, which was magnificent. 817 W 5th St. Tempe Arizona United States 85281 (Last updated 03/24/19 at 01:45 PM ) View Directions. 250 S Kyrene Rd. This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged. https://bpv.baseball-reference.com/bpv/index.php?title=Willie_Bloomquist&oldid=1136896. "I never had those accolades, however, I never wanted to be remembered as that type of player. when they see my name on the scoreboard, my hope and my desire is that someone will say that's a guy that represented the people that weren't the most athletic or the most talented.