Bloomquist has new swing, should start, Sexson gets hit
BLOOMQUIST SEEKS FULL-TIME POSITION WITH MARINERS!!!11!!
Oh yes, the article you’ve all been waiting for is here.
The best way, for now, for Bloomquist to state his case is to continue doing what he has been this spring — hit the ball. If he can find a consistent swing and raise his average the combination of his newfound stroke and his unmatched versatility could force his way into the starting lineup.
Uh huh. If I could find a consistent swing, learn to pitch 100+mph and mix in a great curveball, I’d be the greatest player ever. Small sample size! Bloomquist’s supposed turnaround’s happened before. He can’t hit!
“Its hard to keep guys out that hit,” Pentland said. “He’s been a classic .250 hitter his career and if he takes his walks and sees the ball better like he has been he hits pitches he never has before. He’s hitting changeups and curveballs. He’s always been kind of a dead fastball hitter and that’s kind of like hitting off a machine — you never have to make an adjustment.
If he takes his walks, which he’s never done, and hits pitches like he never has – wow, if the Moose could do it, he could play first! It’d be awesome! Wheeeeeeeee!
Given what we know about Bloomquist’s skill set, and his long history in the minor and major leagues, his performance when he’s played consistently, the evidence is overwhelming that he cannot effectively hit major league pitching. Players like that don’t start to hit for power this late in their career. They don’t start to recognize pitches. Bloomquist is unlikely to blossom.
Stone offers a notebook including such topics as Sexson asking for the ball after he ended his 0-18 streak.