Outfielder Aaron Cunningham, a South Kitsap grad, was one of 35
unsigned players on the Padres’ 40-man roster who was offered a
contract on Monday. Cunningham hit .178 with three home runs and
nine RBI in 90 at bats a year ago. The 25-year-old outfielder hit
.329 with nine homers and 63 RBI over 384 plate appearances for
Tucson in the Pacific Coast League.
Cunningham has spent parts of four seasons in the majors, with
Oakland in 2008 and ’09, and with San Diego in 2010 and ’11. His
career numbers: .231 with six home runs and 44 RBI in 355 at
Williams sometimes thinks “other people panic more than we do,”
he said of all the negative talk about how the Atlanta Hawks were
done after a 6-0 start. Read the story
Bloomquist, a free agent, continues to be linked to the
Washington Nationals. Here’s
another story that indicates the Port Orchard native could fit
in as a utility player with the Nats. Bloomquist has also been
mentioned as the kind of player the Mets might be looking for.
post on MLB.com suggests South Kitsap grad Aaron Cunningham
could very likely start the season at Triple-A next year despite
playing well for the Padres.
Finally, for the reader who wanted to know about how Central
Kitsap grad Todd Linden fared this year in Japan, here’s
stats for Tohokou Rakuten Golden Eagles. Linden was injured
early and never did get untracked. He hit .185 and played in just
The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association hosts its annual
awards banquet on Wednesday at the South Point Casino in Las Vegas.
Silverdale’s Randy Corley, once again, is up for announcer of the
year. The man with the smooth, velvet voice has done more to put
the Kitsap Stampede on the map than anyone. Here’s a
full list of nominees. Here’s 10 things you should know about
National Finals Rodeo, which runs Dec. 2-11 in Vegas. All 10
rounds will be broadcast on ESPN2, ESPN Classic or webcast on
Bree Schaaf of Bremerton
competes in her second World Cup bobsled race of the year on Friday
at Park City, Utah. She’s coming off a sixth-place finish at
Whistler, B.C. … Swimmer Nathan
Adrian of Bremerton will compete in the U.S. Short-Course
Nationals Thursday through Saturday in Columbus, Ohio, and heads to
Dubai for the World Short-Course Championships on Dec.
15-19. The University of California senior established himself
as one of the elite sprinters in the world and should be among the
favorites for a gold medal in 2012 in London in the 50 and 100
freestyle events. … I’ve been told golfer Troy Kelly is
still experiencing some soreness, but is making progress after his
hip replacement surgery. The Central Kitsap grad shot a
64 recently at the Plantation Golf Course in Palm Springs, Calif.
some background on Kelly’s surgery, which took place in early
DENVER —The first pitch was an all-South Kitsap affair at Coors
Field on Tuesday night.
Aaron Cunningham was batting leadoff for the
first time for the San Diego Padres, and Jason
Hammel was on the mound for the Colorado Rockies.
Cunningham’s a 2004 SK grad; Hammel a 2000 grad.
Cunningham lashed a line drive single up the middle. He finished
3-for-5 with two singles, a double and scored two runs as the
Padres (82-62) opened a 2 1/2-game lead on the Rockies (79-66) in
the NL West.
Hammel (10-8) took the loss.
Here’s a story on the Padres’
MLB.com site before the game on Cunningham batting No. 1 in the
The three-hit night raised Cunningham’s average to .327.
Former South Kitsap baseball player Aaron Cunningham seems to
have found a home with the San Diego Padres.
His teammates have taken to calling him Richie Cunningham,
something you can read more about
Updates on three South Kitsap grads in the major leagues:
* Willie Bloomquist started in right field and hit leadoff for
the Kansas City Royals, 5- 2 winners over Toronto on Wednesday.
Bloomquist was 1-for-4 with an RBI. He’s hitting .234. Bloomquist
broke into the majors in 2002 with the Mariners. He was a September
call-up and Lou Piniella was the manager. This is what Bloomquist
had to say about Pineilla, who annouced that he will retire at the
end of the current season:
“Baseball is going to lose a beauty,” Bloomquist said. “He’s a
peach. I mean that in a good way.
“He’s old-school. He’s from that era where you respect the game,
and if you don’t, you’re gonna hear about it. Pitchers need to
throw strikes, hitters need to have an approach at the plate. If
you don’t, you’re gonna hear about it. He’s a throwback in every
sense of the word.”
Bloomquist laughed as he remembered some of Piniella’s
escapades, but he couldn’t share details.
“Probably nothing I could say without getting in trouble,”
Bloomquist told the Kansas City Star. “But you can read between the
lines on that. He’s not afraid to speak up with the media and show
* Colorado pitcher Jason Hammel lost Wednesday. Florida beat
Hammel and the Rockies 7-5. Hammel (7-5) pitched seven innings, and
gave up six hits and five earned runs. He struck out five and
This blogger said Hammel pitched better than his line
* Aaron Cunningham got into the game as a pinch-hitter and went
0-2 in San Diego’s 6-4, 12-inning win over Atlanta. Cunningham’s
Aaron Cunningham vs. Jason Hammel
The South Kitsap grads could face each other again on
Saturday night in Denver when the Colorado Rockies take on the San
Diego Padres. Hammel, a
6-foot-6 right-hander, will start for the Rockies. The 2000 South
Kitsap grad beat the Padres at Petco Field on June 29.
a 2004 SK grad, got a pinch-hit single in that game. It’s believed
to be the first time a pair of Kitsap County products have ever
faced off in a Major League Baseball game.
Hammel and Cunningham are both products of the NWAACC. Hammel was a
10th round pick by the Rays in 2002 after his sophomore yeat at
Treasure Valley CC in Ontario, Ore., and Cunningham was a
sixth-round pick by the White Sox in 2005 after a dynamite freshman
season at Everett CC.
Hammel’s 6-3 with a 4.18 ERA, but is 6-1 with a 2.76 over his last
10 starts, which coincides when he recovered from a groin injury.
In those 10 starts, he’s gone 7 or more innings five times and 6 or
more eight times. He had 55 Ks and just 14 walks over his last 65
Cunningham’s hitting .304 since being called up by the Padres last
month. The outfielder has 14 hits in 38 at-bats, including a grand
slam homer. He’s currently on a 7-game hitting streak.
Willie Bloomquist, Kansas City Royals
Bloomquist is hitting .231 for the Royals (18-for-78). He’s played
in 43 games, most as a defensive replacement. We caught up with the
South Kitsap utility player earlier this week when the Royals
were in Seattle, and
talked to him about his interest in the bobsled and trade
Jared Prince, Hickory Crawdads (Class A South Atlantic
The outfielder from Poulsbo is hitting .287 with 6 homers, 21
doubles and 48 RBI after 70 games. The Crawdads are a Texas
Aaron Cunningham’s first hit in his first start for the San
Diego Padres was a grand slam. The South Kitsap grad became the
first player in Padres’ history to do that. Here’s a video and
story of the blast, courtesy
Cunningham had an impressive spring camp, but got caught up in a
numbes game and started the year at Triple-A Portland, where he was
hitting .239. He was called up after an injury Matt Stairs. He was
0-for-2 in two pinch-hit appearances before starting on Tuesday
against the Blue Jays.
He hit the grand-slam homer to dead center field, driving an 0-1
changeup. Here’s what he said about it:
“As I approached the plate with the bases loaded, I would have been
happy with a single or a sacrifice fly,” said Cunningham. “When I
hit it, I thought, ‘that’s going to score a run,’ because I didn’t
think it was going out.”