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Henry Blanco | Catcher

Team: Arizona Diamondbacks
Age / DOB:  (43) / 8/29/1971
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 220
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Henry Blanco has announced his retirement and accepted a coaching position with the Diamondbacks.
Blanco was in camp with Arizona on a minor league contract, but Tuffy Gosewisch secured the backup catcher job. The 42-year-old will wrap up his career with a .223/.288/.361 batting line and 72 home runs in 971 games. Mar 31 - 6:01 PM

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Diamondbacks signed C Henry Blanco to a minor league contract.

The 42-year-old backstop will receive an invitation to spring training as well. While he was productive in a reserve role with the D'Backs in 2011, his offense has really taken a dive, slashing a brutal .157/.227/.258 with four homers and 21 RBI in 71 games the past two seasons. He'll compete to be the primary backup behind Miguel Montero.
Sat, Dec 21, 2013 11:19:00 AM

The Diamondbacks are nearing a minor league contract with Henry Blanco.

The deal would include an invitation to spring training, where Blanco would compete for the backup job behind Miguel Montero. With only Tuffy Gosewisch standing in his way, he'd have a good shot to crack the Opening Day roster. Blanco, 42, batted just .142/.228/.246 for the Blue Jays and Mariners in 2013, but he was productive in a backup role with the D'Backs in 2011.
Fri, Dec 13, 2013 09:00:00 AM

According to Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors, Henry Blanco is looking to play one more season.

Blanco, 42, batted .142/.228/.246 with three homers and 14 RBI in 150 plate appearances this past season between the Blue Jays and Diamondbacks. He may have to settle for a minor league deal if he wants to continue his career.
Tue, Nov 19, 2013 03:06:00 PM

Henry Blanco has elected free agency.

Blanco was designated for assignment by the Mariners earlier this week. The 42-year-old hit .142/.228/.246 with three homers in 150 plate appearances this season. It's unclear whether he'll return for his 17th season in the big leagues.
Thu, Oct 10, 2013 05:58:00 PM

Mariners designated C Henry Blanco for assignment.

The move clears a spot for the newly-claimed Travis Witherspoon on the 40-man roster. Blanco, 42, batted .142/.228/.246 with three homers in 150 plate appearances this season between the Blue Jays and Mariners.
Tue, Oct 8, 2013 03:33:00 PM

Henry Blanco hit his second grand slam of the year Thursday against the Red Sox.

Blanco has two grand slams in 46 at-bats with the Mariners; he had one previously in 2,665 at-bats as a major leaguer. His two slams tie him with Alex Gordon, Mike Napoli, Nelson Cruz, Edwin Encarnacion and Paul Goldschmidt for the major league lead.
Thu, Aug 1, 2013 10:58:00 PM

Henry Blanco hit a grand slam in the Mariners' defeat of the A's on Saturday evening in Oakland.

Blanco was filling in for Mike Zunino, who got the night off after hitting his first major league homer on Friday. The rookie catcher is going to start most games.
Sat, Jun 15, 2013 10:33:00 PM

Mariners signed C Henry Blanco to a one-year contract.

Blanco was released by the Blue Jays earlier this week, but it didn't take him long to find a new home. The 41-year-old backstop will replace Kelly Shoppach on the Mariners' roster and will function as Mike Zunino's backup.
Fri, Jun 14, 2013 04:08:00 PM

Blue Jays released C Henry Blanco.

Blanco was designated for assignment over the weekend after batting .184/.262/.263 for the Jays. It will be interesting to see if this is the end for the 42-year-old backstop.
Tue, Jun 11, 2013 03:23:00 PM

Blue Jays designated C Henry Blanco for assignment.

Blanco batted only .184/.262/.263 for the Jays, who will now go with Josh Thole as their backup catcher. He could wind up at Triple-A for Toronto.
Fri, Jun 7, 2013 01:34:00 PM

Henry Blanco will catch R.A. Dickey's next start.

J.P. Arencibia allowed three passed balls in Dickey's debut Tuesday. If Blanco can't handle the knuckleball either, Josh Thole may have to be called up from Triple-A.
Wed, Apr 3, 2013 04:21:00 PM

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said Wednesday said he expects either Henry Blanco or Josh Thole to start behind the plate when R.A. Dickey pitches.

This means that J.P. Arencibia will be on the bench those days. Thole and Blanco are battling it out for the backup catcher job this spring and each has experience catching Dickey from their time with the Mets.
Thu, Feb 21, 2013 10:32:00 AM

Blue Jays signed C Henry Blanco to a one-year, $750,000 contract.

It's a non-guaranteed deal, but he'll get a 40-man roster spot for now. The Jays already have J.P Arencibia, Josh Thole and Mike Nickeas in-house, so Blanco will merely function as insurance. The 41-year-old backstop batted .188 (12-for-64) with one home run in 21 games with the Diamondbacks last season.
Fri, Jan 11, 2013 06:02:00 PM

Diamondbacks declined C Henry Blanco's $1.24 million mutual option for 2013.

It was an easy call. The 41-year-old backstop batted just .188 (12-for-64) with one home run, seven RBI and a .505 OPS in 21 games with the D-Backs this season.
Wed, Oct 31, 2012 01:59:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Miguel Montero
2Tuffy Gosewisch
3Bobby Wilson
1B1Mark Trumbo
2Paul Goldschmidt
2B1Aaron Hill
SS1Chris Owings
2Didi Gregorius
3Nick Ahmed
3B1Jake Lamb
2Cliff Pennington
3Jordan Pacheco
LF1Cody Ross
2Nolan Reimold
CF1A.J. Pollock
2Ender Inciarte
3Brett Jackson
RF1David Peralta
2Alfredo Marte
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Wade Miley
2Bronson Arroyo
3Vidal Nuno
4Josh Collmenter
5Chase Anderson
6Trevor Cahill
7Andrew Chafin
8Patrick Corbin
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Addison Reed
2Brad Ziegler
3Oliver Perez
4Evan Marshall
5Matt Stites
6Eury de la Rosa
7Will Harris
8Daniel Hudson
9Matt Reynolds
10David Hernandez
11Zeke Spruill
12Joe Paterson
13Randall Delgado