Damaso Blanco D├ímaso Blanco Caripe (born November 12, 1941 in Curiepe, Miranda State, Venezuela) is a former Major League Baseball third baseman/shortstop and right-handed batter who played for the San Francisco Giants (1972-74).
Blanco was the classic example of the fine fielder with a light bat. He was a decent hitter in the minors, where his batting and on-base averages were both quite respectable. But after nearly three seasons with the Giants, he wasn't getting it done at the plate.
In three seasons as a backup with the Giants, Blanco hit .212 (7-for-33) with two runs batted in, nine runs, one double and 3 stolen bases in 72 games. He resumed his career in the Venezuelan Winter League hitting .272 (704-for-2623) with 198 RBI, 289 runs, 72 doubles, 28 triples, and 70 steals in 754 games (1960-77).
After retiring at age 36, Blanco scouted briefly for the Cincinnati Reds before beginning a successful career as a journalist and baseball broadcaster in his native Venezuela.
List of players from Venezuela in Major League Baseball