The Padres were going to get catcher Brad Ausmus. But they hemmed and hawed and talked abut signing him for a few months. Then Ausmus finally got tired of waiting for the Padres, so he signed with the Dodgers. Too bad for the Padres. Almost instantly, we signed this dude, Henry Blanco. He played with the Cubs last year, hitting .291 in 58 games. He’s been playing in the majors for 11 years.
He was signed for the main purpose of being a mentor to rookie Nick Hundley. He will also spell Nick every once in a while. Apparently, the Padres GM called up Greg Maddux and asked who would be a good mentor and a good clubhouse guy. Blanco was one of them, I guess. He signed for $750,000.
Now, I know I shouldn’t judge by appearance, but this guy is kind of freaky. He’s got tattoos all over his arms, and he is not that attractive. He is 37, after all. I guess as long as he does extremely well for us, it doesn’t really matter how he looks. I just hope he stays healthy, that the pitchers like him, and that he is a really good mentor to Nick. I hope he can do well for us.
Now, is it Spring Training yet? Well, not quite, but it’s coming up soon. I’m starting to get really excited about this season. I can’t wait to see what the Padres are able to do. Oh, and it looks like we will definitely be able to keep Jake. That’s pretty exciting! Anyways, baseball is coming!