Willie Bloomquist Announces Retirement in Twitter Video

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistMarch 13, 2016

Seattle Mariners third baseman Willie Bloomquist in action against the San Francisco Giants in a baseball game Thursday, June 18, 2015, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
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MLB player Willie Bloomquist announced his retirement Friday via Twitter after a 14-year career:

Bloomquist, 38, was a career .269 hitter, finishing with 18 home runs, 225 RBI and 133 stolen bases. He spent nine seasons with the Seattle Mariners (in two separate stints), three seasons with the Arizona Diamondbacks, 1.5 seasons with the Kansas City Royals and appeared in 11 games with the Cincinnati Reds.

Bloomquist thanked all of those teams in a separate tweet:

While he was never a star in MLB, Bloomquist was a solid and versatile player who was always a threat on the basepaths and played every position in his career except for pitcher and catcher. 

And, if nothing else, he certainly knew how to go out in style.


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