ANAHEIM -- It seems hard to imagine now, after he's spent 15 years in the big leagues as a catcher, but Henry Blanco was a third baseman in the Dodgers organization in 1995.
With Blanco's path to the big leagues blocked by Paul Konerko and Adrian Beltre, Mike Scioscia, who was then the Dodgers' catching coordinator, suggested a shift behind the plate.
Scioscia then took the project on himself.
"He taught me basically everything that I know about catching," Blanco said. "He was a good teacher. Very smart guy, easy to talk to and to get ideas from about what you want to do."
Blanco has carved out a long career for himself as a backup catcher, playing for nine teams, but not the Angels, who Scioscia took over as manager in 2000.
Still, the pair occasionally talk, like Friday when they crossed paths with the D-backs in town to battle the Angels. Scioscia had a question for his protege.
"He asked me if I had any idea what I would have done if I hadn't come up as a catcher," Blanco said with a smile. "I told him I wasn't thinking about it. Thanks to him, everything worked out fine."