Last offseason Willie Bloomquist returned to Seattle for a second stint with the Mariners, signing a two-year, $5.8 million deal that seemed like a clear over-pay for a 36-year-old, career-long utility man.
He hit like his usual self in a part-time role last season, posting a .643 OPS while missing time with a knee injury, but after batting .159 in 35 games this season the Mariners decided to cut bait. Bloomquist has been designated for assignment to make room for Chris Taylor’s return from Triple-A.
This is the 14th season in which Bloomquist has spent at least some time in the majors, which is amazing considering he’s a career .269 hitter with a .658 OPS who received more than 350 plate appearances just twice (2009, 2011) and never cracked a .750 OPS.
Given how well-liked Bloomquist seemed to be by both teammates and media members a career in coaching or broadcasting probably awaits him, but it’s possible he’ll try to latch on somewhere at Triple-A to keep playing.
Minnesota’s Josh Donaldson managed to get ejected while hitting a home run.
Donaldson barked at plate umpire Dan Bellino for the second time in the sixth inning of a 4-3 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Thursday.
With the score 2-2, Bellino called a strike when the 2015 AL MVP checked his swing on a 2-0 pitch from Reynaldo Lopez.
Manager Rocco Baldelli came out to speak with Bellino, and Donaldson homered down the left-field line on the next offering. After rounding the bases, Donaldson kicked dirt at home plate as he crossed it.
Bellino ejected him immediately, and Donaldson, realizing he had missed home plate, returned to the plate to touch it and then argued as he kicked more dirt on it.
Donaldson also had argued with Bellino on a 1-1 breaking ball in the first inning that appeared to be high but was called a strike, leading to a strikeout.
“We need Josh on the field, out there playing, and at third base,” Baldelli said. “That’s when we’re at our best. And so that’s really the end of it. I think we can move past it at his point, and go from here.”
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