D-backs hire Bloomquist as special assistant

May 10th, 2016
Willie Bloomquist played in the Majors for 14 seasons, spending time with the D-backs, Mariners, Royals and Reds. (AP)Elaine Thompson/AP

Willie Bloomquist, a 14-year Major League veteran who spent three seasons in Arizona, has joined the D-backs as a special assistant to president and CEO Derrick Hall.

Bloomquist will assist Hall and other departments on both the baseball and business sides of the organization, including attending community events, meeting with corporate partners, coaching during Spring Training and visiting Minor League affiliates throughout the season.

"My family and I are thrilled to once again be a part of the D-backs' organization and the community associated with it," Bloomquist said. "In my 14 seasons in MLB, this is where I feel I played my best baseball and made some of my fondest memories as a player. With the leadership this organization has in place, I am excited for what the future holds and am eager to do my part in helping make this a championship-caliber organization and fulfill the goal of being World Series champions. Furthermore, my family is blessed to call the Valley our home, so we are excited to continue giving back to a community that has embraced us."

Bloomquist played for the D-backs from 2011-13 and was part of the 2011 National League West champion club. He also was the team's 2012 Roberto Clemente Award nominee and the first Arizona State Sun Devil to play for the D-backs.

He also played for the Mariners, Royals and Reds, hitting .269 in 1,055 career games.

"Willie epitomizes our winning culture, on and off the field," Hall said. "Given his ties to our history, this community and Arizona State University, this is a tremendous opportunity for us. He is a high-character and successful individual who will impact this organization positively, just like the teams he played for throughout his career."