Henry Blanco

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Henry Ramon Blanco

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 11", Weight 170-220 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Henry Blanco was the back-up catcher for the Venezuelan national team in the 2009 World Baseball Classic. In the first round seeding game against Team USA on March 11, he stunned everyone by blasting a home run off his teammate with the Chicago Cubs, Ted Lilly and following that with a double off Mark Guthrie and later a single off Brad Ziegler. For good measure, he threw out Derek Jeter attempting to steal second in the bottom of the 9th to preserve a 5-3 Venezuelan win.

Blanco was in spring training as a catcher with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2014, but when he failed to make the team at 42, he was offered a job as a coach with the major league squad. In 2015, he moved to the Chicago Cubs as a special coach in charge of "quality assurance" on Joe Maddon's staff.

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