It’s rough enough having to play for the Cubs every year, but things have taken a gigantic turn for the worse for backup catcher Henry Blanco, whose brother was found murdered in Venezuela on Monday after being kidnapped for ransom.
Athletes from poor foreign countries are occasionally targets of extortion plots by thugs who see an opportunity to make huge amounts of money by kidnapping the player’s relatives. But the plots are usually thwarted in some way, or sometimes settled for cash. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen this time.
MLB.COM reports that Carlos Simon Blanco Sanchez was found dead just a day after being kidnapped. Henry is currently playing for a team in the Venezuelan Winter League:
According to the newspaper EL UNIVERSAL in Venezuela, Carlos Blanco, 39, was being held for a ransom reported at 200 million Venezuelan Bolivares. Henry Blanco had been in negotiations with the kidnappers.
200 million Bolivares is equal to just over $93,000 in U.S. currency. Henry Blanco made more than $3 million this past season with the Cubs. Though the story makes no mention of this, one can’t help but think that Henry would’ve gladly given up the money to save his brother, but time ran out. In all honesty, it’s an odd decision by the kidnappers if their ultimate goal was to get cash.
Carlos Blanco was abducted from his home in the Guarenas area near Caracas, and found in Monpote, a small town a few miles east.
The Cubs told MLB.COM that they had not received any word of the incident as of today.