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Bloomquist the perfect Royal

Maybe I shouldn't keep picking on the Royals, but sometimes these posts just write themselves. Plus, for all you budding baseball executives out there, the Royals are a great lesson in what not do if you're running an organization. To wit:

    Bloomquist knew it was time to leave Seattle when he became a free agent after last season. He longed for an opportunity to be more than a spare part, an opportunity that simply never surfaced through seven big-league seasons with the Mariners.
    "They were ready to turn the page, and so was I. It worked out well for both sides. They're playing well, and I'm getting an opportunity to play."

    Bloomquist, 31, has already set career highs this season in virtually every offensive category. His 342 at-bats through Wednesday put him on pace to finish with 440 after never getting more than 251 in Seattle.

    And he finds satisfaction in proving, finally, that he only needed a chance to prove he can be a regular player.

    "I play best when I have a chip on my shoulder," he admitted, "and I've had a chip on my shoulder for a long time. I started off the year really well. It wasn't just to show Seattle. It was to show everyone who has always doubted me. Recently, things haven't gone as well as I'd like."

Willie Bloomquist really has proved a few things this season.
He has proved that he can, like most players, play better than his career numbers for a couple of months.

He has proved that he will, like most players, revert to his career numbers given enough playing time. Entering this season, Bloomquist's career included a .322 on-base percentage and a .324 slugging percentage, adding up to a 74 OPS+. This season, he's got a 74 OPS+. He has done exactly this season what we should have expected.

And finally, he has proved that the Royals have absolutely no idea what they're doing. And if you need still further proof of that, there's this.