Mesa, AZ — Chicago Cubs superstar catcher Henry Blanco was honored today as the Cactus League Most Valuable Player for 2005. Blanco, a catcher, is hitting .382 on the spring with a homer (a monster shot off of Rockies hurler (and former Wyoming senator) Allan Simpson. Blanco has slugged .559 on the season for the Cubs.
Blanco is the first Cub to win the Cactus League MVP since Gary Scott did in 1991. Scott was later shot and killed by a deer in a bizarre hunting accident. Four Cubs have been runner-ups in the Cactus League MVP voting.
Top finishes by Cubs in Cactus League MVP voting
|2005||Henry Blanco, C, 1st|
|2000||Daniel Garibay, P, 2nd|
|1991||Gary Scott, 3B, 1st|
|1991||Laddie Renfroe, P, 2nd|
|1988||Frank DiPino, P, 3rd|
|1987||Chico Walker, OF, 4th|
|1979||Bobby Murcer, OF, 2nd|
|1964||Ken Hubbs, 2B, 2nd (posthumous)|