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April Fools? Willie Bloomquist is leading off for Diamondbacks

Apr 1, 2011, 12:33 PM EST

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Willie Bloomquist is a poor man’s Jeff Francoeur in that wherever he goes the local media members do glowing features on him, the managers play him far too often, and he performs terribly.

It didn’t take long for Bloomquist to cast his spell on Arizona manager Kirk Gibson, who has inexplicably written him into the lineup as the Diamondbacks’ leadoff man against stud right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez and the Rockies today.

Seriously.

Bloomquist is starting at shortstop for an injured Stephen Drew, so I won’t mock his presence in the lineup, but putting him in the leadoff spot is absurd and makes Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez batting Jason Heyward sixth yesterday look downright genius.

During the past three seasons Bloomquist hit .259 with a ghastly .300 on-base percentage and .328 slugging percentage versus right-handed pitchers and in that same time period Jimenez held right-handed hitters to a .224 batting average. By putting Bloomquist atop the lineup Gibson is not only giving the most plate appearances to one of the worst hitters in baseball, he’s asking a guy who can’t get on base against righties to set the table for the Diamondbacks’ best hitters.

We’re two days into the season and this is already the leader in the clubhouse for worst lineup decision of 2011, although now that I’ve pointed it out Bloomquist will probably go 5-for-5 with two homers.

  1. kcroyal - Apr 1, 2011 at 1:07 PM

    Poor Bloomers. As a Royals fan I can safely say what he lacks in baseball skills like hitting for average, power, or getting on base he more than makes up for in Grit…plus he can play every position well below average.

    • sportsdrenched - Apr 1, 2011 at 2:09 PM

      He’s “scrappy” and “he’s a proffessional” and “goes about his business the right ray”. He’s a “Baseball Man”

      D-Back Fans, Royals Fans are hear if you need to talk. We know about this stuff.

      • Conor Dowley - Apr 1, 2011 at 2:41 PM

        Not to mention us Mariners fans, who saw what Bloomquist “does” for years before watching in stunned silence as the Royals gave Boom-Boom a multi-year deal.

  2. luckywi - Apr 1, 2011 at 5:57 PM

    Wow. Kirk Gibson is a major league manger?

  3. Brian Murphy - Apr 1, 2011 at 8:52 PM

    So of course Bloomquist goes 3-for-6 with a run scored and a stolen base. Like clockwork, D-Backs announcers unleash with the “he’s not flashy, but he knows where to be at the right time and he plays the game right” dribble.

  4. joeseattle - Apr 4, 2011 at 6:30 PM

    Mariner fan here. Granted he’s no world beater but an asset to any team.
    Oh by the way, lead-off homer today

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