I found this in a dime box at Chameleon Cards & Comics the other day.
At first glance it's just a rookie card of a guy who was in the big leagues of 56 and disappeared. Unless you're a Nationals collector or someone working on the set I doubt you'd pick it up. I picked up because I recognized the name.
Blanco's career stateside is largely limited to his time as a farmhand in the Boston Red Sox and Cincinnati Reds orgs, and his one season as a Washington National. Blanco went on to have an arguably better career overseas in Japan.
Around the time I was in Japan, Blanco was a member of the Chunichi Dragons. He was essentially brought in to be the big foreign power bat in the lineup after Tyron Woods left as a free agent (sidenote, Woods never signed with another team and his career ended not long after that). Blanco did indeed provide some pop as most of the buzz around Blanco doing anything was always centered on his dingers.
Blanco hit 39 dingers in his first season as a NPB player and then 32 dingers after that, both times he also led the Central League in strikeouts.
Blanco spent four seasons with the Dragons before he became a free agent. According to various media outlets, contract negotiations between Blanco and the Dragons were pretty much a mess. They didn't get very far and Blanco ended up going to the Yokohama/DeNA BayStars. He had a few nice seasons with the BayStars before he would up on the Orix Buffalos prior to the 2015 season. He became a free agent again in 2016 and hasn't played professionally since.
At this point the 36 year old Dominican infielder's career is likely done. And yet when I see/hear his name, I'll always remember the gaijin playing for the Dragons.
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