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  1. Henry Blanco joins Diamondbacks coaching staff

    Mar 31, 2014, 6:55 PM EDT

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    After losing out on backup catcher job in the spring, Henry Blanco joins Arizona’s coaching staff.

  2. 42-year-old Henry Blanco signs with the Diamondbacks

    Dec 21, 2013, 12:00 PM EDT

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    Matt Eddy of Baseball America passes along word that the Diamondbacks have signed 42-year-old catcher Henry Blanco to a minor league contract. Blanco spent time with the Blue Jays and Mariners this past season, batting just .142/.228/.246 with three home runs and 14 RBI over 150 plate appearances. He previously played with Arizona from 2011-2012.…

  3. Diamondbacks close to signing Daniel Hudson, Henry Blanco

    Dec 13, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

    Daniel Hudson

    Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that the Diamondbacks are close to re-signing rehabbing right-hander Daniel Hudson and backup catcher Henry Blanco. Hudson is expected to miss most of 2014 following a pair of Tommy John elbow surgeries and the Diamondbacks non-tendered him last week because they ran out of time to work out…

  4. Henry Blanco wants to play one more season

    Nov 20, 2013, 7:35 PM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v Kansas City Royals

    Free agent catcher Henry Blanco wants to play one more season in the big leagues before calling it a career, tweets Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors. Blanco, now 42 years old, spent the 2013 season between the Blue Jays and Mariners, appearing in 50 games total. He was only able to muster a .474…

  5. Brian McCann will begin his grand tour soon

    Nov 20, 2013, 11:33 AM EDT

    Washington Nationals v Atlanta Braves

    Brian McCann is the best available catcher, and given that good catching is about the hardest thing to find — Henry Blanco is still active for crying out loud — it is definitely a seller’s market for Mr. McCann’s representatives.  In light of that I’m kind of surprised that he isn’t pulling a Cliff Lee…

  6. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    Aug 5, 2013, 5:00 AM EDT

    Comerica Park

    I went to Detroit over the weekend where I took in Saturday and Sunday’s Tigers-White Sox games. Such a wonderful time. Cool temperatures, no humidity, good company, good pitching, good food, good beer. It’s really all you could want. As I watched these games and hung around a city that, no matter what else you…

  7. Mariners sign catcher Humberto Quintero

    Jul 26, 2013, 8:40 PM EDT

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    Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times reports that the Mariners have signed veteran catcher Humberto Quintero to provide depth behind the plate in the wake of Mike Zunino‘s hamate bone surgery. Quintero was designated for assignment by the Phillies on Wednesday and opted to become a free agent after passing through waivers unclaimed. The 33-year-old…

  8. Mike Zunino out six weeks with fractured hamate bone

    Jul 26, 2013, 5:55 PM EDT

    Mike Zunino

    Mike Zunino exited last night’s game after taking a foul ball off his left hand and the Mariners catcher has been diagnosed with a fractured hamate bone. Ryan Divish of the Tacoma News Tribune reports that Zunino is expected to miss six weeks, meaning the rookie is no sure thing to play again this season.…

  9. Baseball’s discrimination against old players has to stop

    May 21, 2013, 5:38 PM EDT

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    Sorry. That headline may have been a bit dramatic. But see, I turn 40 in July. And while I’m generally cool with that — and while I am, in all honestly, in The Best Shape of My Life — it has dawned on me pretty clearly that we are almost to the point where there…

  10. J.P. Arencibia struggles with R.A. Dickey’s knuckleball, Blue Jays drop opener to Indians

    Apr 2, 2013, 10:05 PM EDT

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    There’s a buzz about the new-look Blue Jays in Toronto, as evidenced by the high-energy sell-out crowd of 48,857 that packed Rogers Centre for Tuesday night’s opener against the Indians. But what that crowd witness wasn’t very pretty. J.P. Arencibia had a hard time with R.A. Dickey‘s knuckler, allowing three passed balls as the Indians…

  11. Josh Thole sent down to Triple-A

    Mar 25, 2013, 9:13 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Toronto Blue Jays

    I normally wouldn’t do a post about a guy losing a backup catcher competition, but this one is notable because he was supposed to be an extra special backup catcher: the Blue Jays have sent Josh Thole down to the minors. Many thought the whole point of the Mets including Thole in the deal that…

  12. R.A. Dickey’s knuckler in regular season form

    Mar 1, 2013, 10:00 PM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Dickey throws his warm up pitches before facing the Boston Red Sox in Dunedin

    MLB.com’s Matthew Leach posted this video showcasing Blue Jays starter R.A. Dickey‘s knuckleball, which just makes you feel sorry for the catcher. Dickey’s knuckler is notoriously difficult to catch, and as a result, the Jays will be assigning their new ace a personal catcher for the 2013 season. They will make the decision soon after…

  13. R.A. Dickey and his knuckleball will have a personal catcher

    Feb 21, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

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    J.P. Arencibia is Toronto’s starting catcher, but it sounds like he won’t be behind the plate when R.A. Dickey pitches because the Blue Jays want to give the knuckleballer a personal catcher. Last season Josh Thole caught 27 of Dickey’s starts for the Mets and he’s the leading candidate to fill the personal catcher role…

  14. Josh Thole expected to begin season in minors

    Jan 19, 2013, 6:02 PM EDT

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    When the Blue Jays acquired Josh Thole from the Mets in the R.A. Dickey deal last month, the expectation was that he would catch the majority of the knuckleballer’s starts in 2013. However, that won’t be the case if all goes according to plan. Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos indicated to Mike Cormack of…

  15. Blue Jays sign catcher Henry Blanco

    Jan 11, 2013, 6:11 PM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v San Francisco Giants

    The Blue Jays announced this evening that they have signed catcher Henry Blanco to a non-guaranteed, one-year, $750,000 contract. Tommy Hottovy was designated for assignment in a corresponding roster move, which means Blanco will occupy a spot on the 40-man roster for the time being. Blanco, 41, batted just .188/.224/.281 with one home run, seven…

  16. D’Backs decline options on Matt Lindstrom and Henry Blanco

    Oct 31, 2012, 8:35 PM EDT

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    Arizona is also making moves this evening. According to the club’s official Twitter feed, the Diamondbacks declined a $1.24 million mutual option Wednesday on catcher Henry Blanco and a $4 million club option for reliever Matt Lindstrom. Blanco appeared in only 21 games this season because of a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left…

  17. Henry Blanco has torn UCL in left thumb, needs surgery

    Aug 7, 2012, 9:15 PM EDT

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    As first reported by MLB.com’s Steve Gilbert, Diamondbacks catcher Henry Blanco was diagnosed Tuesday with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb and is scheduled to undergo surgery Wednesday to have it corrected. He’s almost certainly done for the rest of the year. Blanco was injured this past Sunday at Citizens Bank Park when…

  18. Diamondbacks add veteran backup catcher Wil Nieves

    Aug 6, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

    Wil Nieves

    Arizona has claimed Wil Nieves off waivers from Colorado after the veteran backup catcher was designated for assignment last week. Miguel Montero‘s usual backup, Henry Blanco, has been sidelined by a thumb injury and is undergoing further tests to determine if he has a torn ligament. Nieves is a career .226 hitter with a .568…

  19. Running down the rosters: Arizona Diamondbacks

    Feb 16, 2012, 1:04 AM EDT

    Gerardo Parra, Chris Young, Justin Upton

    Give the Diamondbacks credit; even though all of the team’s key players were already under control for 2012, they didn’t stand pat after winning the NL West crown last season. In writing the team’s postmortem last October, I stated that adding a No. 3 starter had to be the priority. That’s what the team did…

  20. Diamondbacks agree to one-year contract with Henry Blanco

    Dec 15, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    Henry Blanco throwing

    Earlier this week the Diamondbacks were said to be on the verge of signing veteran catcher Henry Blanco and now Jack Magruder of FOX Sports Arizona reports that they’ve come to terms on a one-year, $1 million contract. Blanco will back up 27-year-old starter Miguel Montero and figures to get most of his starts subbing…

  21. Diamondbacks “closing in on a deal” for Henry Blanco

    Dec 8, 2010, 12:48 PM EDT

    Henry Blanco throwing

    Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that the Diamondbacks “are closing in on a deal to sign” Henry Blanco, with the veteran catcher expected to receive a one-year contract. It makes sense for the Diamondbacks to find a right-handed-hitting backup for the left-handed-hitting Miguel Montero, who’s entrenched as the starter behind the plate. Blanco…

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