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Twinkie Town May 28, 2016

Twins Backup Catchers Rated On Henry Blanco Scale

The standard by which all Buteras are measured. You remember Henry Blanco, right? In 2004, when Joe Mauer got hurt, Blanco -- expected to catch one day a week at most -- stepped in and Minnesota still managed to make the playoffs. (The Twins even WON A PLAYOFF GAME! Them was the days, huh?) What you might not know is that Blanco -- a career .223/.288/.361 hitter who turned 33 in 2004 -- played another nine years. He was excellent at throwing out base runners and had a good rapport with pitchers; in New York and Toronto he was R.A. Dickey's preferred knuckleball catcher. Blanco's currently...

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