Uniform #: 12 Bats: Right Height: 6-3 Throws: Right Weight: 210 Born: August 23, 1964 Bristol, PA Lives: Bristol, PA Graduated from Temple University.
06/85 Originally drafted by the California Angels in the 14th round of the annual June draft. 01/09/90 Acquired by the Indians, with LHP Colon Charland, for LHP Scott Bailes 11/27/91 Released by the Indians. 01/23/92 Signed by the Braves as a minor league free agent. 10/16/92 Became free agent. 12/16/92 Signed by the Phillies as a minor league free agent. 10/15/93 Became free agent. 12/16/93 Signed by the Mets as a minor league free agent. 05/19/94 Acquired by the Orioles from the Mets as PTNL in the 04/20/94 Mike Cook trade. 01/26/96 Orioles announce that he has signed a contract with the Yomiuri Giants.
Year Team Lvl AVG/OBP/SLG AB 1985 Quad City A 197/315/378 233 1986 Quad City A 247/348/402 239 1987 Palm Springs A 256/415/389 375 1988 Midland AA 301/394/549 408 1989 Edmonton AAA 277/409/522 408 1990 Colorado Springs AAA 297/437/560 316 Cleveland AL 224/392/395 76 1991 Cleveland AL 211/289/313 128 Colorado Springs AAA 320/441/542 153 1992 Richmond AAA 291/371/436 450 1993 Scranton-WB AAA 289/377/503 388 Philadelphia NL 056/056/056 18 1994 Norfolk AAA 261/401/417 115 Rochester AAA 310/390/644 329 1995 Baltimore AL 256/325/492 254 Bowie AA 250/250/250 4 Frederick A 375/375/750 8
Replacing him with BJ Surhoff, and then releasing him, as Pat Gillick did, is completely inexplicable. Any value BJ Surhoff has comes from his versatility, which is wasted if he's a full-time starting third baseman. Manto is also one of the few Orioles with the power and on-base combination to be a quality (part-time) DH if necessary.
On the other hand, he's one of the rare quality players who actually go to Japan before the age at which he should retire, meaning that he could put up great numbers out there. Hopefully, he will.
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