Willie Bloomquist Traded to Reds

In the future, you might remember today as the end of the Willie Bloomquist era, as he was traded just a while ago to the Cincinnati Reds for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

The utilityman hit .265/.305/.364/.669 for the Royals in just under two seasons. After signing Bloomquist to a $3.1 million contract over two years, the Royals gave him a career high in plate appearances in 2009 while playing him everywhere on the diamond except pitcher and catcher.

The signing was ridiculous at the time (and still is) for a career utility player who was never above replacement level and coming off a 2008 season in Seattle where he collected one extra base hit. Somewhere between the Pacific northwest and Kansas City, Bloomquist discovered some power, as he had 37 extra base hits for the Royals.

Most notably, Bloomquist will be remembered for his grit, guile, and gamerness. But also for Ned Yost‘s bold move of batting him third that August day in Detroit, then prophesizing that he’d get two hits. Later that afternoon in the top of the 12th, Bloomquist put the Royals ahead with a homerun to left field.

We’ll always have Detroit.

Godspeed Willie.

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  • rl baronello

    If you are ridiculing Willie Bloomquist, what’s your point? The Royals have made so many mistakes over the years, always trying to save money, that they have ceased to be relevant. It has even been worse than when the Athletics played in Kansas City. At least they were a fun team to watch at the old stadium, with all their characters and a few aces. There hasn’t been any fun at Kaufman since George left.

  • http://kingsofkauffman.com Michael Engel

    My point is that Willie wasn’t a very good ballplayer, but a lot of “baseball men” would talk him up as if he was some kind of all-purpose weapon.

    And in this case, the Royals weren’t trying to save money, because they could have gotten the same type of production from all sorts of sources that wouldn’t have cost them three million.

    I do agree, though, that it’s been a tough team to follow for the last 17 years since Brett’s last hurrah. A lot of mistakes in that period, but while we can’t reverse them, we can learn…and hopefully the Royals can too.