Mariners notebook: Bloomquist draws rare start at first base

Staff writerJune 5, 2014 

Remember when the Mariners appeared overloaded with first basemen? Justin Smoak, Corey Hart and Logan Morrison? The concern throughout spring training was how to find playing time for all of them.

Fast forward to Wednesday afternoon at Turner Field.

The Mariners started veteran utilityman Willie Bloomquist at first base.

“The manager (in Seattle) was Bob Melvin,” Bloomquist noted, “the last time I started at first.”

Right. Sept. 30, 2004. At Oakland.

“There are a lot of little things you don’t think about until you’re playing there,” Bloomquist said. “It’s those in-between plays that you don’t recognize.

“If there’s a ball to my right, do I go after it or do I go to the bag? Those sort of things. To be honest, there are times when I have to remind myself, `You’ve got to cover the bag on any ball anywhere in the infield.’

“That seems juvenile, but I’m not used to having to run to the bag if the ball’s not hit to me unless it’s a double play.”

So why was Bloomquist at first?

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