Henry Ramon Blanco...Attended Antonio Jose de Sucre High School...Participates in the Garth Brooks Teammates for Kids Foundation…co-founded in 1999 by Garth Brooks, the foundation exists to develop and implement innovative concepts that generate funds for the benefi t of children's charities.
Combined to hit .228 (19-for-134) with 3 home runs and 14 RBI in 50 games with Toronto and Seattle...Signed by the Blue Jays as a free agent on Feb. 18 and appeared in 15 games before his release on June 10…signed by the Mariners on June 14...Played with Magallanes in the Venezuelan Winter League.
Played 21 games for Arizona in his 15th Major League season...Started 18 of his 21 games behind the plate...Threw out three of six potential base stealers...Recorded three of his 12 hits in one contest on May 22 vs. LAD, going 3-4 with a double...Had his season end prematurely, suffering a torn ligament in his left thumb in early August.
Appeared in 37 games in his first season with the D-backs and hit .250 (25-for-100) with 8 homers and 12 RBI...His 8 home runs were the most since 10 in 2004...Combined with teammate Miguel Montero to lead the Majors in caught-stealing percentage (37.1), a club record and 12th-best mark in the National League since 1998...Threw out 8-of-21 (38.1%) would-be base stealers, second-best in baseball (min. 30 games)...also ranked 10th with a .995 fielding percentage (1 E in 192 TC)...Recorded his fourth-career 2-homer game on May 16 vs. Padres, his first since April 11, 2009 vs. Giants...Played in 47 games with Margarita of the Venezuelan Winter League...POSTSEASON: Appeared in 1 game in the NLDS vs. Brewers, going 0-1.
Finished the season throwing out 11 of 22 (50.0 percent) runners attempting to steal against him...Hit .370 (10-for-27) in May...Made his Mets debut on April 10 vs. Nationals and plated an RBI in his first at-bat...On April 24 vs. Braves, grabbed his first stolen base since July 28, 2001...had gone 567 games between stolen bases...Hit the first walk-off home run of his career on May 8 vs. Giants when he took Guillermo Mota deep in the 11th
inning in the Mets' 5-4 win...Placed on the bereavement list from May 10-15.
Appeared in 67 games for the Padres, including 60 as catcher and one at third base...Made 58 starts, all behind the plate...The Padres were 29-29 when he started...Threw out 14 of 41 34.1%) would-be base stealers...His career mark of 40.5% ranks third among active catchers, trailing only Yadier Molina (42.1%) and
Ivan Rodriguez (41.6%)...Placed on the 15-Day Disabled List
on July 5th with a strained right
hamstring...Activated on July 28th
after missing a total of 20 games...Hit .322 (19-59) against lefthanded
pitching...Hit .267 with five home runs and 18
RBI in 36 games for the Bravos de
Margarita in the Venezuelan Winter
His .292 batting average was 65 points higher than his career mark (.227)...Hit safely in 22 of 28 starts, good for a .292 average...Threw out nine of 21 would-be base stealers (42.9 percent)...Posted a .364 average when putting the first pitch in play and was 14-for-44 (.318) when coming to bat with no outs...Started the season 12-for-34 (.353) in his ﬁrst 20 games through
5/30...Played in his 700th career game 4/30 vs. MIL...Made an appearance at ﬁrst base 5/24 at PIT, taking over for Derrek Lee during a double switch in the 12th
inning...Belted his ﬁrst homer of the season 5/30 vs. COL off Aaron Cook, contributing to an eight-run, come-from-behind
win over the Rockies (trailed 8-0 and 9-1 before winning, 10-9)...Knocked in the game-winning run 8/8 vs. STL with an 11th-inning, bases-loaded single to left ﬁeld...Laid down a squeeze bunt 8/27 at PIT, plating Mark DeRosa in the seventh inning.
Blanco finished strong, batting .300 in 57 games from June 16 to the end of the season. He stepped in for Michael Barrett, and made 59 starts at catcher. Blanco was effective behind the plate, throwing out 15 of 39 runners attempting to steal. He tied a career high with four hits and four RBIs on Sept. 26 against Milwaukee.
Henry hit a career-high .242 in his first season with the Cubs ... saw action in 54 games, throwing out 19 of 39 baserunners (48.7 percent) ... made 48 starts ... the Cubs were 27-21 in his starts ... recorded a 3.58 catcher's earned run average ... the catcher's ERA was the second-lowest of his career (2.94 with Atlanta in 2002) ... hit safely in 22 of his last 37 games, going 32-for-111 (.288) with 22 RBI over the span ... drove in a season-high 3 runs on two occasions, hitting a bases-loaded double off Florida's John Riedling on August 28 and then driving in 3 of the Cubs' 6 runs on August 30 in a 6-3 defeat of Los Angeles ... tied a career high by collecting 4 hits in the contest July 24 in St. Louis ... it was his second career 4-hit game ... hit his first homer of the season May 3 at Milwaukee off Chris Capuano ... the solo shot was his first home run since September 20, 2004 ... collected his first hit in a Cub uniform on April 21, singling off St. Louis' Chris Carpenter ... made his Cub debut April 9, catching a combined one-hitter hurled by Carlos Zambrano, Chad Fox and LaTroy Hawkins in a 4-0 defeat of Milwaukee.
Henry worked in a career-high 114 games in his only season with Minnesota...signed as a free agent with the Twins in December 2003...hit 19 doubles, 1 triple and 10 homers...scored a career-high 36 runs and had 37 RBI...started a career-high 95 games behind the plate...threw out 25 of 56 baserunners (44.6 percent)...had 16 multi-hit games and 8 multi-RBI games...the Twins were 8-0 in his multi-RBI contests...recorded his second career multi-homer game April 10 at Detroit, hitting a 2-run homer off Jason Johnson and a solo homer off Danny Patterson (10-5 win)...posted his first career 4-hit game April 14 at Cleveland, falling a triple short of the cycle...was 4-for-4 with a double and a 2-run homer off Jeff D'Amico.
Spent his final season with the Braves, posting a career-best .996 fielding percentage ... appeared in 55 games ... had a season-high 3 RBI July 10 at Chicago ... tied his career high when he notched 3 hits July 20 vs. New York ... doubled and drove in a pair of runs ... committed just 1 error in 281 total chances ... participated in 4 double plays.
Acquired from Milwaukee in exchange for Jose Cabrera and Paul Bako, March 20 ... hit safely in 4 of 5 games, April 17-26 ... had game-winning homer in 10th inning, May 2 at Milwaukee ... hit safely in 5 of 6 games, May 21-June 10 ... season-high 5-game hit-streak, going 6-17 (.353), July 22-27 ... season-high 3 rbi, July 24 at Florida ... disabled with strained left oblique, August 12-27 ... hit safely in 6 of 7 games, going 7-22 (.318), September 4-11 ... season-high 3 hits, September 29 at New York (NL) ... threw out 18 of 52 (35%) runners attempting to steal.
Was 8-19 (.421) in 6 games, April 17-26 ... hit safely in 6 of 8 games, May 27-June 8 ... had 4-game hit-streak, going 5-14 (.357), June 14-17 ... tied career-high 7-game hit-streak, going 8-24 (.333), July 16-28 ... hit safely in 5 of 6 games, August 23-29 ... was 7-11 (.636) in 3 games, September 26-28 ... season-high 3 hits and tied season-high 3 rbi, September 27 at Arizona ... threw out 30 of 71 (42%) runners attempting to steal ... established career-highs in games, at-bats, runs and stolen bases.
Went to Milwaukee as part of a six-player, three-team trade in December 1999, moving to his third club in as many years ... established career marks in hits, doubles, walks ... hit .236 in 93 games for the Brewers ... surpassed the 20-doubles mark for the first time in his Major League career, hitting 24 two-base hits and 7 homers ... had 31 RBI ... threw out 38 of 66 (57.6 percent) runners attempting to steal ... was on the disabled list April 15-May 2 with a laceration on his right index finger ... on May 12, he hit his first career grand slam off Pittsburgh's Jason Schmidt ... the second-inning homer put the Brewers on top for good in a 6-1 win over the Pirates.
Signed as a free agent with Colorado prior to the 1999 season and saw his most extensive time in the majors ... appeared in 88 games for the Rockies, batting .232 with 21 extra-base hits and 28 RBI ... had a .992 fielding percentage, committing just 5 errors in 625 total chances ... his contract was selected May 1 - and he had a seven-game hitting streak that began four days later (May 5-17) ... had 16 multi-hit games, including three 3-hit affairs ... on July 22, he hit a pair of homers against his former team in a 12-11 Colorado win ... hit a 2-run homer in the 5th inning off Onan Masaoka to put the Rockies on top for good ... added a solo shot off Alan Mills in the 7th for insurance ... it was his first career 2-homer game ... hit .333 with 12 RBI in 15 games for Colorado Springs (AAA) ... had a nine-game hitting streak, going 15-for-36 April 8-21.
Spent more than half the season on the disabled list, as he opened the year recovering from right shoulder surgery ... was on a rehabilitation assignment to San Bernadino (A) when he fractured his right hand and returned to the disabled list ... batted .269 with 11 doubles and 23 RBI in 48 games at Albuquerque (AAA) ... ranked third in the Pacific Coast League in caught
stealing percentage, as he threw out 13 of 23 (57 percent) baserunners.
Played most of the season in Albuquerque, but had his first taste of the Majors in two stints with the Dodgers...recalled from Triple A on July 25 making his Major League debut that night vs the Phillies...had a pinch-single off Scott Ruffcorn for his first Major League hit in his first plate appearance...optioned back to the Dukes three days later, July 28, where he finished out the Pacific Coast League season with Albuquerque...returned to Los Angeles September 2 when rosters expanded...belted his first Major League homer off John Thomson September 28 at Coors Field...played the season with a labrum tear in his right shoulder...shoulder was arthroscopically repaired on October 3 by Dr. Frank Jobe.
Converted from third base to catcher and batted .267 for Double A San Antonio...he threw out 41.3% percent (38 of 92) of base stealers...also appeared in two games with Triple A Albuquerque.
Split the season between Double A San Antonio and Triple A Albuquerque...opened the season at San Antonio where he played one game at catcher and the rest at third base, before being promoted to Albuquerque on August 1...while at Albuquerque, played third base (19 games), first base (11 games) and the outfield (one game)...combined to hit a career-high 14 home runs and drove in a career-high 61 runs on the season.
In his second full season at Double A San Antonio, he was selected by Baseball America as the best defensive third baseman in the Texas League.
Made his first appearance at Double A spending the season at San Antonio...belted 10 homers in 117 games...for the third consecutive year, led his fellow league third baseman in fielding (.944).
He played the year at Class A Bakersfield of the California League...earned the circuit fielding title at third base (.959).
Split his year between Rookie League Great Falls and Class A Vero Beach...spent the majority of the year at Great Falls...he led league third basemen with a .947 fielding mark.
Signed by the Dodgers as an 18-year-old in November 1989, he started his pro career with Kissimmee in the Class A Gulf Coast League, where the Dodgers captured their league title.