Bloomquist, 38, is a graduate of South Kitsap High School in Port Orchard. He played 14 seasons in the majors, including two stints with Seattle from 2002-08 and 2014-15.
Willie Ballgame has played his last ballgame.
Willie Bloomquist, who didn’t find a team after being released by the Mariners last July, announced his retirement Friday.
Bloomquist, 38, is a graduate of South Kitsap High School in Port Orchard. He played 14 seasons in the majors, including two stints with Seattle from 2002-08 and 2014-15. He also played for the Royals, Reds and Diamondbacks, and he finished with a career .269 average in 1,055 games.
On Friday afternoon, Bloomquist tweeted, “Make your last swing your BEST swing. Farewell @MLB. Thank you for 14 amazing seasons. It’s been an incredible ride.”
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The tweet was accompanied by a short video of him hitting a long drive, and then flipping the bat:
Bloomquist also tweeted, “My intent has always been to respect the game, play with integrity, and with my best effort. I did that to the best of my ability.
“To all the family, friends, and fans that have supported me in this wonderful journey, your support has meant the world to me! God Bless.