Long time Major League catcher Henry Blanco, who was vying for a backup role on the Arizona Diamondbacks, announced his retirement after a 16-year career. Blanco, who lost out to Tuffy Gosewisch, immediately accepted a position as the D’backs’ assistant hitting coach, a position that was held for him in the event he did not make the 25 man roster.
The 42-year old Blanco played for 11 teams over the course of his career including two seasons with the D’backs in 2011 and 2012. He was known for his tremendous ability behind the plate, calling games and handling pitchers. Although he was mainly a backup, when given semi-regular playing time Blanco was pretty good with the bat. He hit 10 home runs in 315 at-bats in 2004 with the Minnesota Twins. Hank was also a valuable member of five playoff teams, two each with the Atlanta Braves (2002-2003) and Chicago Cubs (2007-2008) and with Arizona in 2011.
We wish Henry Blanco all the best as he embarks on his coaching career.