Thursday, June 12, 2014

Player Profile: Henry Blanco

I have six cards of Henry Blanco. This one is from 2007 Upper Deck.

Playing career: Henry Blanco played sixteen years in the major leagues as a backup catcher for eleven different teams. He spent four years with the Cubs, twice as many as with any other team. The only times he appeared in over 100 games were with the Brewers in 2001 and Twins in 2004. A very good defensive catcher, in 971 games he hit .223 with 72 HR and 298 RBI.

Where he is now: Assistant hitting coach for the Arizona Diamondbacks.

My memories: Only know him from his card.

Interesting facts: His brother Carlos Blanco was killed in a kidnapping in 2008 while Henry was negotiating with the kidnappers.

Google Autocomplete results: He is second when you type Henry Bl, between Henry Blodget, CEO of Business Insider, and Henry Blackaby, founder of Blackaby Ministries International. There do not appear to be any other prominent Henry Blancos.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Matt Blank.

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