Category Archives: Willie Bloomquist

Catching up with some familiar faces

Here’s a funny story out of Arizona about how Willie Bloomquist’s teammates like to take advantage of his temper.
Poulsbo’s supercross star Ryan Villopoto is close to winning back-to-back titles.
South Kitsap product Aaron Cunningham is in the running for a bench spot in Cleveland.
South Kitsap’s Jason Hammel is in Baltimore this year, and his last spring training start went well.

Tuesday Links and Updates on Kitsap Athletes

Bremerton’s Marvin 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 here.

Willie 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.

This post on 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 the finals stats for Tohokou Rakuten Golden Eagles. Linden was injured early and never did get untracked. He hit .185 and played in just 53 games.

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 the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, which runs Dec. 2-11 in Vegas. All 10 rounds will be broadcast on ESPN2, ESPN Classic or webcast on ESPN3.


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. Here’s some background on Kelly’s surgery, which took place in early September.

Bloomquist Gets First NL Hit

Willie Bloomquist was 1-for-3 and started in right field during Cincinnati’s 7-5 win over Arizona on Wednesday.

The Port Orchard native is expected to start again on Friday when the Reds face Houston left-hander Wandy Rodriguez. Bloomquist is a .275 hitter vs. left-handers and .256 vs. righties.

Acquired in trade from Kansas City on Monday, Bloomquist went from 27 games out of first place to a team that was on top of its division by seven games.

Bloomquist won’t be eligible for the postseason, but told the Cincinnati Enquirer he was excited about playing in meaningful games.

“I’ve got to be thankful for what I’ve got,” he said. “The place where we were – 27 games out … I’m certainly not going to complain. This is an opportunity to experience the atmosphere as we get closer to the end. It’s an experience I haven’t had before. I consider myself blessed.”