|MLB Career Stats||3567||507||959||153||542||14||.269||.329||.791|
|July 8, 2010||Tampa Bay Rays released DH Hank Blalock.|
|June 30, 2010||Tampa Bay Rays designated DH Hank Blalock for assignment.|
|May 15, 2010||Tampa Bay Rays selected the contract of DH Hank Blalock from Durham Bulls.|
|April 8, 2010||Hank Blalock assigned to Durham Bulls.|
|March 12, 2010||Tampa Bay Rays signed free agent 1B Hank Blalock to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training.|
|November 5, 2009||1B Hank Blalock elected free agency.|
Batting: Hit .321 (17-53) in first 13 games of 2005...hit safely in 8 of 10 contests after going 1-13 in season's first 3 games...batted .167 (9-54) over next 13 games to lower average to .243...hit .325 (51-157) with 8 HR and 27 RBI in 38 games from May 3-June 17 to raise average to .292...recorded 18 multi-hit games during that stretch...batted .243 (93-383) over last 97 games to drop from .292 to .263...recorded season-high 10-game hit streak from May 8-18...matched career-high with 4 hits on May 21 vs. Houston and July 16 at Oakland...homered in both 4-hit contests...posted 49 multi-hit contests...matched career-high with 3 walks on 3 occasions...recorded season-high 4 RBI on May 21 vs. Houston and August 4 vs. Tampa Bay...batted .196 (38-194) against lefties and .291 (132-453) against right-handers...hit .297 with 63 RBI at home and .231 with 29 RBI on the road...batted .278 (47-164) with 54 RBI with runners in scoring position...hit .299 (20-67) with 18 RBI with RISP and 2 outs...went 6-15 (.400) with 10 RBI with the bases loaded.
Home Runs: Hit 25 HR, becoming the 11th player in team history with 3 consecutive 20 home run seasons...is the first third baseman to accomplish the feat...hit 8 homers against left-handed pitchers, matching the 2nd-most HR by a left-handed batter off left-handed pitchers in the American League...homered in 3 consecutive games from August 4-6, marking 2nd time in his career to homer in 3 straight contests (also April 4-6, 2003 vs. SEA)...recorded 5th career multi-homer game of the season on June 27 vs. Los Angeles of Anaheim...hit 20 HR at Ameriquest Field in Arlington and 5 on the road...went 35 games and 140 at-bats between homers in the 4th inning on August 6 vs. Baltimore and the 7th inning on September 13 vs. Baltimore.
Fielding: Ranked 2nd among all major league third basemen with AL-leading .973 fielding percentage...went 53 games and 149 total chances without committing an error between miscues in the 2nd inning on September 25, 2004 vs. Seattle and the 7th inning on May 25 vs. Kansas City...matched club record for longest errorless streak by a third baseman as Buddy Bell recorded 53 consecutive errorless games from June 13-August 19, 1979...ranked 2nd among AL third basemen with 304 assists...committed 4 errors at home and 7 on the road...was charged with an error in 2 of 4 and 10 of last 71 games in the field.
Other Notes: Ranked among AL leaders in strikeouts (T4th, 132), at-bats (5th, 647) and games (7th, 161)...played in every game except April 24 at New York (AL), when Randy Johnson started on the mound for the Yankees...made 4th consecutive Opening Day start at third base for Texas, becoming the 4th player in club history to start at least 4 openers at 3B...Buddy Bell started 7 straight openers from 1979-1985, Steve Buechele started 6 straight from 1986-1991 and Dean Palmer started in 5 openers from 1992-95 and 1997...went 3-5 with a homer in home opener on April 11 vs. Los Angeles of Anaheim...has homered in all 3 home openers for the Rangers, going 8-12 (.667) with 3 HR and 7 RBI in those games...hit first homer of the season on April 9 in the 9th inning off Seattle closer Eddie Guardado...made first career start at DH on July 23 vs. OAK...was 2-3 as a pinch hitter, with both hits driving in runs in the 9th inning...recorded 2 walk-off hits, a pinch-hit RBI single on August 28 vs. Minnesota and an RBI double on September 17 vs. Seattle...singled off Mariano Rivera in the 9th and 10th innings on August 13 at New York (AL), becoming the first player to record 2 hits in a single game off of the Yankees' closer.2004 Hank ranked among American League leaders in extra base hits (6th, 73), total bases (7th, 312), RBI (8th, 110) and home runs (T9th, 32) in his 2nd full season in the major leagues...tied for the major league lead with 3 grand slams...played in 159 games, T5th in the league...led the Rangers in doubles (38) and walks (75), and ranked 2nd on club in runs scored (107), home runs, RBI, hits (172) and total bases (312)...established career highs in nearly every offensive category.
Batting: Hit .337 (32-95) in 22 games in April, batting .432 (19-44) at home with hits in every game in Arlington the first month (10 contests)...after going 1-12 in first 3 games, hit safely in 17 of final 19 games in April...batted .237 (32-135) over next 34 games to drop season figure to .278...did not have more than 2 hits in any game in that stretch...over next 24 games from June 10 (G2)-July 5, hit .398 (39-98) to rise to .314...had 6 games with 3+ hits in that span, including three 4-hit contests...hit .152 (20-132) over 37 games from July 6-Aug. 16, dropping to .267, before going 16-37 (.432) next 10 contests...batted .260 (33-127) over final 32 games to drop from .280 to .276...posted 4 hits in a game 4 times, last on Sept. 24 vs. Seattle, all matching a career high...had career high 12-game hit streak from Aug. 17-Sept. 1 and hit safely in season's final 5 games ...hit .282 vs. lefties and .273 against right-handers...batted .311 at home, .239 on the road...hit .343 (49-143) with runners in scoring position, 6th in the AL...went 5-11 (.455) with 18 RBI with the bases loaded...had a .403 (27-67) average in interleague games...posted .367 (40-109) average in June, highest in a month all year.
Home Runs: His 32 home runs was T9th in the AL and 2nd-most among Rangers behind Mark Teixeira's 38...was his first career 30-homer season...became just the 2nd left-handed batter (Rafael Palmeiro) and third baseman (Dean Palmer) in club history to hit 30 or more home runs in a season...hit 31 home runs as a 3rd baseman, the 4th-most homers ever in a season by a Texas third baseman (one as pinch-hitter)...hit 4 homers in first 25 games...hit 8 homers in 17 games from May 1 (G2)-20, giving him AL-leading 12 at that point...his 8 HR in May was T2nd-most in the AL...had 9 HR in June, T3rd-highest total in the league...went 29 games and 96 at-bats between home run on July 19 and first homer on Aug. 18...following that homer drought, hit 5 long balls in a span of 6 games from Aug. 18-26...hit 3 home runs over final 35 games...homered in consecutive games on 5 occasions...had 2-homer games on May 11 at Tampa Bay, June 28 at Seattle and Aug. 18 vs. Cleveland...is one of 21 opposing players to have a multi-homer game at Safeco Field...matched major league high with 3 grand slams, including 2 in a span of 7 days from July 4-10...the 3 slams matches a single season club record (4th time, last Rafael Palmeiro in 1999)...hit first career pinch homer on July 4 at Houston, a 6th-inning grand slam off Tim Redding...was the Rangers' first pinch homer since Ruben Sierra on June 1, 2001 vs. Minnesota...was just the 4th pinch slam in Rangers history, first since Rusty Greer on May 18, 1995 vs. Milwaukee...Mark Teixeira also hit a slam in the win at Houston as the duo matched a major league record for grand slams in one game...hit 3 grand slams, 2 three-run homers, 10 two-run homers and 17 solo shots...hit 50th career home run on June 26 vs. Houston, the 5th-youngest Texas batter ever to reach 50.
Runs Batted In: Posted career high 110 RBI, his first career 100-RBI season...drove in 106 runs at third base, the 2nd-most RBI ever by a Texas player at the position (107 by Dean Palmer in 1996)...recorded 13 game-winning RBI, T7th-most in the AL and tied with Mark Teixeira for club lead... had 27 go-ahead RBI, T4th-most in the league and also tied with Teixeira for most among Rangers...had 6 of Rangers' first 13 game-winning RBI in '04...posted 13 RBI in span of 8 games from Aug. 16-26...had season high 5 RBI, 2nd-highest total of his career, on June 12 vs. St. Louis...had three 4-RBI games...had 8 RBI in 10 games at Network Associates Coliseum...had 17 RBI in 19 overall games against Seattle...recorded 18 RBI in 18 interleague games...posted 24 RBI in June, T6th in the AL and the highest monthly total of his career.
Fielding: Ranked 7th among AL third basemen with a .957 fielding percentage (17 E/399 TC)...led league's 3rd basemen in assists (279) and double plays (33), and ranked 5th in putouts (103)...played 1377.2 innings at third base, most of any major league player at the position in '04...had just one error in first 33 games all year, 2 in first 49 contests...did not commit an error in 22 straight games from Aug. 9-Sept. 3...had just one error in final 16 games.
All-Star Game: Selected to American League All-Star roster for a second straight year...led player voting among AL third basemen...went 0-2 and played 4 innings as a reserve at third base in game on July 13 in Houston...faced Dodgers reliever Eric Gagne, against whom he had hit a decisive homer in the '03 game, and popped out on the first pitch...participated in home run derby on July 12, placing 7th with 3 long balls in the competition.
Other Notes: Had 149 strikeouts, 2nd-highest total in the AL...was 8th highest strikeout total in club history, most by a Texas player since 1993...ranked 8th in AL with 624 at-bats...had season high 2 doubles on 2 occasions...missed just 3 games all year, including Aug. 20-21 at KC after cortisone shot in ailing right wrist...went 3-4 with 2 HR and 3 RBI on Aug. 18 vs. Cleveland while wife Misty was in labor with their first child...left the park immediately after that game and made it to hospital for birth of son Trey Ryan at 1:50 a.m...hit walk-off RBI single in 10th inning on June 7 vs. Pittsburgh...solo HR in 8th inning on April 24 vs. Seattle snapped scoreless contest...tied game at 4-4 with 2nd HR on May 11 at Tampa Bay...hit game-winning 2-run homer in 11th inning on June 20 at Florida, completing Texas sweep of Marlins...snapped 7-7 tie with game-winning solo HR in 8th inning on June 26 vs. Houston...solo HR off Octavio Dotel in 9th inning on Sept. 23 vs. Oakland played role in Rangers' walk-off win...was club's June player of the month, his first time to win the monthly award.2003 In his first full major league season, tied for the team lead in doubles (33) and was second among qualifiers in batting (.300)...ranked third on the Rangers in at-bats (567), hits (170), total bases (296), homers (29), RBI (90) and slugging (.522) while starting 131 games at third base and one at second base...delivered a game-winning 2-run pinch homer in the bottom of the eighth inning in the All-Star Game on July 15 in Chicago, giving the AL a 7-6 win and home field advantage in the World Series...his .300 average was 17th-best in the AL and second highest among third basemen to Boston's Bill Mueller (.326)...third highest figure ever for a Ranger 3B behind Buddy Bell (.329 in 1980; .315 in 1984)...highest average for a player in first full major league season (less than 50 games in prior year) since Seattle's Ichiro Suzuki (.350) in 2001...batted safely in season's first 7 games at .464 (13-28) and topped the majors with a .420 average through April 24...had a .382 mark in first 32 games as of May 13, still the best in the majors...was 11-44 (.250) in the next 12 games, dropping to .347 through May 28...hit .375 (15-40) in next 10 contests, improving to .353, then batted at a .268 (30-112) clip in next 31 games, falling to .313 on July 21...had a .371 (23-62) average in the next 15 games and was still as high as .314 through September 14...went just 9-55 (.164) in final 13 contests...ranked third in the league with a .342 average at home and had the fourth best mark against right-handers at .329...had 4 hits 4 times and 3 hits on 11 occasions...longest hitting streak was 10 games, May 3-16...2-7 as a pinch-hitter, including game-winning 2-run single in ninth inning off Mariano Rivera on August 6 at New York...his 29 homers tied Oakland's Eric Chavez for most by an AL 3B...third highest total ever for a Texas 3B behind Dean Palmer (38 in 1996; 33 in 1993)...homered in 3 consecutive games, April 4-6...had a pair of homers, July 3 at Anaheim and first career grand slam, September 20 vs. the Angels...drove in 90 runs, third among AL 3B behind Chavez (101) and Baltimore's Tony Batista (99)...drove in 6 runs with a pair of 3-run doubles, May 16 at New York, first time that had ever been done in the AL according to The Sporting News Record Book...drove in 4 runs twice and had 11 RBI in 5-game span, May 16-23...recorded a .959 (15 E/363 TC) fielding percentage, fifth best in the AL, in 141 total games at third base...second in league in putouts (110) and placed third in total chances and double plays (32)...committed just one error in his final 59 games starting July 21, including a 39-game errorless streak, July 21-September 6...fielded .900 (1 E/10 TC) in 4 games at second base...selected to AL all-star team as a reserve, participating at 22 years, 236 days, the youngest third baseman in the game since Cleveland's Buddy Bell (21 years, 332 days) in 1973...hit game-winning 2-run pinch homer off Eric Gagne in the bottom of the eighth inning to give AL 7-6 victory...became the 12th player to ever homer in first All-Star at-bat and hit the 17th pinch homer in midsummer classic, the first since Jeff Conine of the NL in 1995...fourth player with pinch homer in first All-Star at-bat, joining George Altman in 1961, Lee Mazzilli in 1979, and Conine in 1995...tied for third youngest player ever with an All-Star homer. 2002 The Rangers Opening Day third baseman and started 42 games at that position in his 2 stints with the club...at 21 years, 4 months, was the youngest player on an Opening Day roster in the majors and the youngest for Texas since Benji Gil (20 years, 6 months) in 1993...singled off Mark Mulder in his first major league at-bat on April 1 in Oakland, then was hitless in next 16 trips...had a .167 average in first 18 games, then batted .314 (11-35) in next 10 contests to improve to .225 on May 6...hit first major league home run off Scott Cassidy on April 30 at Toronto...was 0-11 in next 4 games and was optioned to Oklahoma (AAA) on May 12 with a .200 average in 32 games...recalled by Texas on September 9 and hit .234 (11-47) with 2 homers and 11 RBI in 17 games (14 starts) the rest of the season...had a .943 fielding percentage (6 E/106 TC) in 46 games at third base...started 91 games at third and 4 at second base with Oklahoma...tied for team lead in doubles (32) and ranked third in runs (63) and hits (119)...hit .377 (52-138) in his first 33 games at Oklahoma through June 28...that included 18-game hitting streak, May 18-June 4...had a .205 (31-151) average in next 39 contests, then posted a .347 (34-98) figure in final 23 games...went 4-5, June 23 against Portland...batted .362 (59-163) at Oklahoma...had a .313 (35-112) average against left-handers and a .315 (35-111) mark with men in scoring position...went 7-11 with the bases loaded, including grand slam on July 29 vs. New Orleans...sidelined from June 8-17 with a sore right elbow...fielded .934 (15 E/229 TC) at third base...1-11 with a home run in PCL semifinal playoff series vs. Salt Lake City. 2001 Combined to bat .352 (179-509) with 18 homers and 108 RBI in 131 games at Charlotte (A) and Tulsa (AA)...ranked second among all minor leaguers in average, tied for second in hits and had the fifth most RBI....topped Rangers minor leaguers in those categories as well as runs (96) and total bases (280)...selected as the Rangers Tom Grieve Minor League Player of the Year, the Rangers top minor league player by Baseball America, and as first team third baseman on both Baseball America's overall minor league all-star team and high Class A All-Star squad...at season's end, was named as the best prospect in the Texas League and the second best prospect in the Florida State League by Baseball America...hit .380 with 7 homers and 47 RBI in 63 games with Charlotte...led the FSL in intentional walks (7) and had league's highest average at time of promotion to Tulsa...played in FSL all-star game then was promoted to Tulsa on June 19 at end of FSL first half...named FSL's best batting prospect and top defensive 3B by Baseball America...batted .327 with 11 homers and 61 RBI in 68 games with Tulsa...ranked third overall on club in RBI and tied for third in triples (4)...named to Texas League postseason all-star team...played for U.S. team in MLB All-Star Futures game in Seattle...hit for the cycle twice in 3-game span vs. Midland, June 26 (4-5, 4 RBI) and June 28 (5-5, 2 2B, 4 RBI)...completed June 28 cycle with game-winning homer in bottom of 12th inning...believed to be the only pro player in modern history to hit for cycle twice in 3-game span...only major leaguer ever with 2 cycles in one season was Brooklyn's Babe Herman in 1931...named Texas League Player of the Week, June 25-July 1 and Rangers June Minor League Player of the Month after combined .429 (39-91) average, 8 homers, and 25 RBI in 23 games at Charlotte and Tulsa...hit .344 (42-122) with 11 homers and 36 RBI in 33 games at Peoria in the Arizona Fall League...set AFL record for slugging (.713) and tied mark for homers...also led league in extra base hits (21), was second in RBI, fourth in runs (31), on-base percentage (.431) and hits (42), and seventh in batting. 2000 Topped South Atlantic League in games (139) and sacrifice flies (11)...led Savannah (A) in RBI (77), tied for first in steals (31), and tied for second in runs (66), hits (153), doubles (32), homers (10), and walks (62)...fell one hit short of .300 for season...hit safely in 21 of 22 games at .395 with 22 RBI from April 22-May 13...SAL Player of the Week, May 5-11...played in league All-Star game...participated in Florida Instructional League. 1999 Led Gulf Coast League in batting (.361), hits (69), doubles (17), extra base hits (26), RBI (38) and slugging (.560) and tied for first in triples (6)...hit safely in 40 of 51 games...league Player of the Week, July 26-August 1.