William Paul Bloomquist…resides in Scottsdale, Ariz., with his wife Lisa and daughters Natalie, Ava Lynn and Layla…graduated from South Kitsap HS in Port Orchard in 1996…All-State and all-league MVP in baseball…high school teammates with former Major Leaguer Jason Elllison…drafted out of high school in the 8th round of the 1996 draft by Seattle, but chose to accept a scholarship to Arizona State University…was a business management major at ASU…honored as Pac-10 Player of the Year in 1999 and named first-team All-American by Baseball America…was GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-American…collected 5 hits in 1998 College World Series game vs. Long Beach State to tie CWS single-game record…finished college career with a .394 (256x649) average over three seasons…started the "Abe & Max Fund" at Phoenix Children's Hospital in 2011 after developing friendships with Abe Speck and Max Marangella through his inseason program…the funds are used to supply the hospital with new electronics and games for the patients, many of whom are in the hospital for multiple weeks, as a fun and entertaining activity.
Had season-ending surgery on hisright knee Aug. 9 in Seattle performed by Dr. Edward Khalfayan... Placed on 15-day DL July 24 with right knee contusion…transferred to the 60-day DL on Sept. 1... Appeared in 47games, making 32 starts: SS-16 G/12 GS, 2B-10 G/6 GS, 3B: 5 G/5 GS, 1B: 7 G/5 GS,LF: 3 G/3 GS, RF: 1 G/0 GS, DH: 1 GS)... Hit .394 (13x33) with 14 RBI with runners in scoring position…with RISP/2 outs hit.571 (8x14)…since 2012 combined to bat .417 with RISP... Appeared on defense at four inﬁeld positions & both corner outﬁeld spots... Had at least one hit in 25 of 44 games with an at-bat (11 multi-hit games)... Hit a 2-run home run in the 6th inning May 23 vs. Houston, his ﬁrst HRsince Aug. 10, 2011 vs. Houston, a span of 663 plate appearances... Appeared in his 1,000th career game June 10 vs. New York.
Limited to 48 games due to two stints on the disabled list. Made starts at three positions (2B-15 G/15 GS, SS-9 G/9 GS, LF-7 G/6 GS)…also saw action in 18 games as a pinchhitter. Played 48 games in his third season with the D-backs and hit .317 (44x139) . Batted .400 (10-for-25) with runners in scoring position. Began the season on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right intercostal. Recorded 4 straight multi-hit games to start the season, matching a club record. Recorded 100th career double June 4 at St. Louis. On the 15-day disabled list from June 28-Aug. 27 with a left hand contusion…was hit on his left hand by Tyler Clippard on June 26 at Washington. Played for Team USA in the 2013 World Baseball Classic.
Set career highs with a .302 average (98-for-324) and 21doubles in his second season with the D-backs...Made 61 starts at shortstop, 11 at third base and 1 at second...also made 2 appearances in the outfield...Hit .435 (27-for-62) with runners in scoring position,which would have led the Majors if qualified...Batted .344 (76-for-221) since May 15,the fourth-best average in the Major Leagues (min. 200 at-bats) during that span behind Melky Cabrera (.350), Buster Posey (.349) and Joey Votto (.347)...Hit safely in 19 straight home games from Aug. 9,2011-April 8, 2012 (.325, 25-for-77), tied for the third longest streak in club history...Career high-tying 12-game hitting streak (.302, 16-for-53), dating back to Sept. 26, 2011, ended on April 13...Reached base safely in 21 consecutive games from May14-June 14...Hit .341 (28-for-82) in June, tied for eighth-best in theNL with teammate Paul Goldschmidt...Set a career highwith 5 straight multi-hit efforts from July16-23...On the 15-day disabled list with a strained lower backfrom Aug. 11-31, including 4 rehab games with Rookie AZL D-backs...Made only 1 appearance (pinch-hit single on Sept. 3) afterAug. 9...D-backs Roberto Clemente Award nominee
Tied his career high with 4 home runs in 97 games with the D-backs, his most since playing in 125 games in 2009 with the Royals...Made a career-high 59 appearances (57 starts) at shortstop and posted a .979 fielding percentage (5 E in 236TC)...hit safely in 46 of his 57 starts at short...Reached the 20 stolen base plateau for the second time (also 2009)...His 10-game hitting streak to open the season tied for the longest such streak in franchise history with SteveFinley (2000) and Danny Bautista (2002)...Collected 3 hits on Opening Day on April 1 @ Rockies, tied for the second-most by a D-back on Opening Day...Hit his first-career leadoff homer on April 4 @ Cubs...Placed on the disabled list on April 25 (retroactive to April 22) with a strained right hamstring...reinstated on May 18 after missing 21 games.
Spent a majority of the season with the Royals before a September trade sent him to the Reds...batted .267 (50-for-187) with 31 runs scored, 10 doubles, a triple, 3 home runs and 17 RBI in 83 games between the two clubs...Hit .265 (45-for-170) with 31 runs scored, 10 doubles, a triple, 3 home runs and 17 RBI in 72 games with the Royals...made an appearance at every position except pitcher and catcher...Traded to the Reds on Sept. 13 for cash or a player to be named later...Made 11 appearances (3 starts) for the Reds...hit .294 (5-for-17) in 11 games.
Spent his first season with the Royals after playing his entire career in Seattle...set career highs in nearly every offensive category including games, at bats, runs, hits, triples, home runs, RBI, walks, strikeouts and stolenbases...Tied for fifth in the American League with 8 triples after entering the season with 6 career triples...also tied for first in the league with 6 triples on the road...Finished the season with 25 stolen bases in 31 attempts, the most thefts by a Royals player since Carlos Beltran stole 41 bags in 2003...Made appearances at every position except pitcher and catcher, playing 3 games at first base, 14 games atsecond, 3 games at third, 38 games at short, 9 in left, 22 in center and 61 in right...After recording just 1 extra-base hit in 192 plate appearances for Seattle in 2008, recorded 23 for the Royals in 2009, including 11 doubles, 8 triples and 4 home runs...Had a hot-and-cold season, batting .293 (44-for-150) through his first 51 games before scuffling to hit .222(34-for-153) from June 21-August 9...rebounded to hit .326 (30-for-92) in 25 games from August 12-September 17, hitting safely in 21 of the 25...Hit .358 (29-for-81) through July 5 against left-handed pitchers before slumping to a .143 (12-for-84) the remainder of the season...Batted .293 (65-for-222) away from home, hitting all 4 of his home runs on the road...Saved his best work for A.L. Central rivals, batting .314 (59-for-188) with 6 doubles, 4 triples, 3 home runs and 16 RBI in 55 games...His solo homer on May 2 in Minnesota was his first since June 26, 2007 vs. Boston, a span of 290 at bats...Each of his first 3 home runs of the season (May 2 at Minnesota, July 6 at Detroit and July 28 at Baltimore) came on the road and tied up games the Royals eventually came back to win...his fourth and final home run was on August 12 at Minnesota and provided the Royals with a first-inning lead.
Set a single-season career high with a .279 batting average in his fi nal season with the Mariners...Made 40 starts at six different positions (2B-4, 3B-1, SS-11, LF-1, CF-16, RF-7)...was 1 of 10 Major Leaguers to play in at least one game at 6 different positions and 1 of 2 players to start at 6 different positions (also ChrisBurke-Arizona)...Since the 2006 season, he is the only player in the Majors to play at least 30 games at second base (42), shortstop(44), third base (38) and outfi eld (126)...Was successful in 14 of 17 stolen base attempts (82.3%), including 12 of final 13...Hit .351 (26-for-74) vs. left-handed pitchers...Placed on the 15-day D.L. on August 10 for the remainder of the season with a strained right hamstring...transferred to the 60-day D.L. on September 2...Recorded his fi rst extra-base hit of the year on July 10 at Oakland (double)...the double snapped a Marinersrecord of 65 consecutive games (min. 200 PA) without an extra-base hit...previous record was 44 games byJulio Cruz in 1980...Had a season-high 9-game hitting streak from June 15-25...hit .419 (13-for-31) during the streak...Recorded a walk-off single on July 1 vs. Toronto, his second career walk-off hit (also September 25, 2006 vs.Oakland).
Hit .277 (48-for-173) with 3 doubles, 2 home runs and 13 RBI in 91 games with the Mariners...was 1 of 3 big league players to play every position except pitcher and catcher...Connected for his first-career inside-the-park home run on June 15 @ Astros.
Bloomquist had a career-best 251 at-bats for the Mariners in 2006, and had only two fewer hits (62) than he did in 2005. Bloomquist had a walk-off RBI single against Oakland's Kiko Calero on Sept. 25. Bloomquist had a career-high five hits in a victory over Texas on Sept. 19. Saw his streak of 19 consecutive stolen bases -- dating back to 2005 -- snapped on May 17.
Named Mariners Unsung Hero by the Seattle chapter of the BBWAA (as voted by Seattle coaching staff)...Set career-highs in doubles, RBI and stolen bases...Appeared in 79 games at six positions (32 at 2B, 24 at SS, 15 in CF, 6 at 3B, 1 at 1B and 1 in LF) and made 64 starts at four positions (29 at 2B, 21 at SS, 13 in CF and 1 at 3B)...Recorded 15 multi-hit games, including five three-hit games and 10 two-hit games...After being caught stealing on May 1 at Oakland, stole 14 bases the remainder of the...season without being caught...his 87.2 stolen-base percentage (34-for-39), ranks third all-time in Seattle franchise history among players with 30 or more steals...Became the 19th Mariner to tie the franchise record with three doubles in a game on July 6 at Kansas City...Tied Mariners season-high and also his career-high with two stolen bases in game twice: June 17 vs. New York Mets and July 9 at Los Angeles Angels...Recorded a career-high 12-game hit streak, hitting .395 (17x43) from July 3-23...Sidelined July 19-21 due to the flu...Hit .319 (23x72) with eight runs, six doubles and five RBI in the month of July...Hit .317 (46x145) with 17 runs scored, 10 doubles, a triple, 12 RBI and 10 stolen bases from July 3-Aug. 20 raising his average from .197 to .278...Tied career-high (third time) with three runs in a game on Aug. 3 at Detroit...Had back-to-back three-hit games on Aug. 3 at Detroit and Aug. 6 at Chicago...Hit first triple of the season on Aug. 15 vs. Kansas City...it was his first triple since July 12, 2003 vs. Tampa Bay...Placed on the 15-day disabled August 30 and then transferred to the 60-day disabled list on Sept. 30 with a strained left hamstring.
Started 55 games at five different positions (25 at 3B, 16 at SS, 11 at 1B, 2 in LF, 1 in CF)...made 26 appearances as a pinch runner...on disabled list May 4 (retro to May 2)-May 21 with strained lower back.
Made 48 total starts at three different positions (27 at 3B, 14 at SS, 7 in LF), while appearing at a total of six different positions (also 1B, 2B, RF)...hit safely in 31 of 48 starts, batting .257 in those 48 games (43x167)...hit .341 (31x91) as a third baseman...batted .309 (30x97) in 46 games at Safeco Field...started 13 straight games, 10 at third base, 3 at SS, July 11-26, batting .261 (12x46)...hit first ML home run, a grand slam, July 13 vs.Tampa Bay (off R. Bell), becoming second Mariner ever to hit a grand slam for his first ML home run (Orlando Mercado); set a career high with six RBI...tied career high with four hits July 30 vs. Detroit...started 25 of 35 games July 11-Aug. 19 (30x102/.294)...left game on Aug. 19 with a tight right quadriceps muscle.
Spent majority of season with Tacoma before a being a Sept. call-up...was on the DL April 22-May 2 with a lower back strain and June 6-17 with vertigo...posted a combined .321 average (62x193) in July and August...recalled on Sept. 1 and made ML debut that night as pinch-runner vs. Kansas City...came off the bench in four games before making first start Sept. 19 vs. Texas (0x2, 2 BB, R)...batted 15x29 (.517) with 10 runs, 4 doubles and 7 RBI in seven starts from Sept. 22-29...went 4x4 with two doubles and 2 RBI in second career start in 3-2 win vs. Anaheim Sept. 22...finished year Sept. 29 at Anaheim, going 2x5 with a double, run and 3 RBI...was named the Tacoma Rainiers Most Valuable Player.
Spent entire season with double-A San Antonio...finished 3rd in the Texas League in stolen bases...played 76 games at shortstop and 57 games at second base...hit .433 (13x30, 2 2B, 4 RBI, 5 SB) in eight games April 7-14...stole three bases April 10 vs. El Paso...hit safely in 12 straight games May 28-June 8 (20x56, 7 2B, 6 RBI)...had four straight multi-hit games July 6-9 (8x20/.400)...broke a 3-3 tie in the bottom of the 15th inning with a bases-loaded single July 9 vs. El Paso.
Split the season between Lancaster and Tacoma, hitting a combined .313 with 24 doubles and 74 RBI...began the year with Lancaster and hit in 14 of 16 games from April 9-24...was 6x7 with a double and four RBI April 30 vs. Lake Elsinore...promoted to Tacoma for seven games from May 6-12 before returning to Lancaster May 13...hit in 25 of 26 games, putting together hitting streaks of 15 (June 13-July 2) and 10 (July 4-16) games...named to the California League mid-season All-Star Team...was called up to Tacoma for the remainder of the season on July 17...had a .987 fielding percentage in 50 games at second base.
Made pro debut with Everett...was 4x6 with 2 doubles, HR, 4 runs, 3 RBI in pro debut vs. Yakima...was 2x5 in next game with HR and 3 RBI...broke hamate bone in left hand and was on disabled list from Aug. 6 through the end of the season...despite limited playing time, led AquaSox in steals.