Hank Blalock

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Hank Joe Blalock (born November 21, 1980) is a Major League baseball third baseman who currently plays for the Texas Rangers.

Blalock was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 3rd round of the 1999 amateur draft and began playing for the team in 2002. The following year, Blalock had a breakout year, hitting 29 home runs and 90 RBIs with a .300 average. A combination of being able to hit for power and for average drew early comparisons to George Brett and helped him to get voted to the All-Star Game in his first full season as a Ranger where he hit the game winning home run off of Los Angeles Dodgers closer Eric Gagne.

Blalock finished the 2004 season with 32 home runs and over 100 RBIs and was voted to his second All-Star Game.

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