Willie Bloomquist also has a career WAR close to zero (*), playing for a sh!tload of teams, played all over the field. He entered the league at age 24, and is still playing at age 34. Other than his 38-PA rookie season, his observed wOBA has been within 1 standard deviation of his career wOBA in every single season. His z-Score is 0.50, when we’d expect him to be no less than 1.00, and more if we consider that his talent should change. His wRC+ has been at 69 to 82 in every season but the rookie season of 38 PA and a 97. Given that he has so few plate appearances each year, one would think that he might get lucky or unlucky at some point. Like Relaford probably was.
...It’s like he follows a hot streak wtih a cold streak, and vice versa. That “law of averages” that doesn’t actually exist, seems to exist with Willie.
Willie Bloomquist is as immortal as Mariano Rivera, his performance never wavering, just always there doing his thing. While everyone else ages around them, eventually getting to be worse than them, Bloomquist is always there, providing that line that tells a ballplayer whether he should be in MLB or not.
If it is possible to counteract the effects of aging by sheer will, then Bloomquist (and Rivera) probably provide the two examples of that fact.
Posted: August 15, 2012 at 09:55 AM | 16 comment(s)
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