Bloomquist, third catcher
I thought I could manage not to comment on this fawning article with withering sarcasm and generally unwarranted hostility. I’ve failed.
Stellar utility player adds catching to his resume
Objective: a challenging and interesting starting job with a major league team that utilizes my enthusiasm, versatility, teamwork skills, and perspicacity to help win a pennant
2002-present: utility player, Seattle Mariners
Hit .245 in 188 at-bats in last season. During my time, I fielded every position except catcher, with a focus on on third base. My hard-nosed play helped to inspire the team to lose fewer games and I was praised regularly by my coaches for both my effort and attitude. Participated in mound conferences. As part of team community outreach efforts, I regularly met and interacted with the public for charity and marketing efforts.
In the second half of 2003, I was for a time the starting third baseman when Jeff Cirillo experienced an extended performance outage and before the return of Carlos Guillen, when I returned to utility duties.
In my 2002 debut season, I hit .455 in twelve games.
1999-2002: minor league second baseman, Seattle Mariners organization
Hit .281 over five minor league seasons. Named the #7 prospect in the Mariners organization in 2001, and the #10 prospect in 2000 by Baseball America, behind Joel Pineiro.
Baseball America wrote “If makeup were a tool, Bloomquist would grade out with a top-of-the-line 80. HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a gamer who helps his club win by doing all the little things that donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t show up in the box score.”
Drafted by the Seattle Mariners twice, in 1996 and 1999.
Born in Bremerton, Washington
Graduated South Kitsap High School
Attended Arizona State University
But wait, there’s more.
Bloomquist borrowed a catcher’s mitt from minor league catcher Rene Rivera and Tuesday morning started learning how to use it.
You catch balls in it. I can’t believe he’s got this far without knowing that a catcher’s mitt does the same thing as everyone else’s.
Then, in a couple of paragraphs on Ibanez, former emergency catcher:
“I have been the emergency catcher several times,” he said, “but I’ve never caught in a [Major League] game.”
He has, in 1999, with this very team. Isn’t there a fact checker on MLB’s staff, or… anything? Now, don’t argue that that’s a Bloomquist quote, as both preceeding and trailing paragraphs are entirely about Ibanez and it’s clear that it’s his when you read it.
I know it doesn’t matter that Bloomquist’s the utility catcher, and that in the even they called him in they would also likely be making a phone call to Tacoma to call up Wiki. It’s that I can’t stand this kind of fawning coverage, even if it seems sugary and harmless.