Category Archives: Jack Zduriencik

Monday links: Cunningham, Hammel, Vettleson, Bloomquist

Catching up with some of Kitsap’s baseball pros:

South Kitsap grad Aaron Cunningham, a non-roster invitee with the Chicago Cubs, is selling socks in his spare time. Yes, S-O-C-K-S. Read all about it right here. 

Central Kitsap grad Drew Vettleson is liking the advanced camp he’s participating in with the Washington Nationals. Freelancer David Driver writes about Vettleson for the Kitsap Sun.

Hammel, another South Kitsap grad, is in camp with the Chicago Cubs. He and Cunningham could be teammates, although Cunningham will need a big spring. Hammel pitched two innings in a spring training ‘B’ game on Monday and told reporters, “I like to prove people wrong.”

South Kitsap grad Willie Bloomquist flashed some leather at third base on Friday, making a couple of fine defensive plays and GM Jack Zduriencik said Bloomquist will be the Seattle Mariners’ utility guy. Brad Miller or Nick Franklin will win the starting shortstop position and the other, barring a trade, will wind up at Triple-A Tacoma. And in case you missed it, Bloomquist collected on a  Super Bowl bet with Cleveland’s David Aardsma.

Bloomquist will also be the headliner at an April 10 Kitsap Athletic Roundtable meeting at McCormick Woods Golf Course in Port Orchard. The event will raise money for a scoreboard that will be placed at Elton Goodwin Field at South Kitsap High School. The SK school board has agreed to name the field after the late, great high school coach. More info on the KAR meeting will be released later this month.


Some late night links: Pembo, Mariners & more

Farewell, Pembo. Dave Pemberton, the easy-going, out-going former Bremerton athlete, died Sunday after a three-year battle with cancer.He was 63. We’re gonna miss him.

Mariners get a couple of offensive pieces to go with Robinson Cano. First basemen/outfielders Corey Hart and Logan Morrison are the latest additions. It won’t be official until they pass physicals. GM Jack Zduriencik says they can split time in the OF and at DH and backup Justin Smoak at 1B. I’m a little skeptical of that. I’d be surprised if Smoak is wearing a Seattle uniform this season. The M’s are also reportedly still in on Nelson Cruz, the slugging outfielder who is reportedly good friends with Cano.

The Mariners now have no room for Kendrys Morales or Raul Ibanez, who has been linked to the Angels.

Earl Thomas of the Seahawks says it’s time to re-focus after 49ers game. The 49ers were effective in not letting Thomas dictate the play as he’s often does. Thomas was also guilty of taking a bad angle on the 51-yard run by Frank Gore that set up San Francisco’s game-winning field goal. Maybe not a bad angle. Gore’s cutback was a pretty nifty move by an All-Pro type player. Sometimes you just have to give the other guys credit. Gore also ran by Richard Sherman on the play.

I read about the incredible ending to the Class 4A state championship football game between Chiawana and Camas. Watch it for yourself right here. I picked it up with a little over 2 minutes left and saw all you needed to see. What a comeback. Chiawana scores late, recovers onside kick and scores on last play to win, 27-26.

Home-plate collisions are now a thing of the past after MLB banned players from bowling over catchers at the plate.

Marvin Williams was back in action after missing four games with a heel problem. The Bremerton High grad had 8 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in 122-101 win over Sacramento on Wednesday.