Hank Joe Blalock: First baseman
According to both local papers, when Hank Blalock comes
off the disabled list (possibly next weekend in Cleveland), he’ll do so as a first baseman.
Blalock reportedly volunteered to make the move,
believing it will be best for the team.
In 10 pro seasons, Blalock (whose work at the new
position got underway this morning in extended spring training) has never
appeared at first base. His only
defensive appearances at a position other than third came in 2002, when he
played second base four times for Oklahoma,
and in 2003, when he played second four times for Texas.