Cubs Catcher Blanco’s Brother Killed In Venezuela

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.

Henry Blanco

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.

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