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By Buster Olney and Buster Olney,Sun Staff Writer | August 22, 1995
SEATTLE -- Signs reading SUPER MANTO were held up at Camden Yards, and for a five-week period, Jeff Manto was super, a story perfect for fiction.Guy battles through year after year of disappointment and breaks through at age 30. Bashes 12 homers in 26 games, including five in three days. The Hall of Fame calls for his bat, and he wins an everyday starting role in the major leagues.But Manto pulled his left hamstring June 25 and went on the disabled list, and shortly after he came back, he lost his everyday job. He's platooning with Jeff Huson at third base now, his average having dropped from .281, on the day he was injured, to .245, going into last night's game.
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By Dean Jones Jr and The Baltimore Sun | January 28, 2014
Former Orioles third baseman Jeff Manto will be inducted into the International League Hall of Fame this year, the league announced Tuesday. The Orioles hired the 49-year-old Manto as the organization's minor league hitting coordinator in November. Manto batted .256 with 17 home runs and 38 RBIs in 89 games for the Orioles in 1995, his only season with the team. He hit .275 with 125 home runs with seven different International League teams between 1992 and 2000. He was the League's Most Valuable Player in 1994.
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By Buster Olney and Buster Olney,Sun Staff Writer | June 15, 1995
CLEVELAND -- Jeff Manto, who didn't have a position or even a major-league job when the season opened, is headed for the Hall of Fame.Or at least the bat that he used to hit five homers in three days last weekend is going to Cooperstown, N.Y. A representative from the Hall of Fame called Orioles media relations director John Maroon yesterday to ask that Manto's bat be sent to the Hall for enshrinement.Manto actually cracked the bat fouling a ball off against the Cleveland Indians' Charles Nagy on Monday night, but that's still good enough for the Hall of Fame.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | November 6, 2013
The annual Silver Slugger Awards will be announced at 6 p.m. tonight on MLB Network, and the Orioles should be well represented. The awards are decided by a vote of major league managers and coaches, and lean heavily toward run-production numbers. Orioles first baseman Chris Davis might be an underdog for the American League Most Valuable Player Award, but it's safe to say he's a favorite to win a Silver Slugger at first base. He led the major leagues in 2013 in home runs (53)
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By Buster Olney and Buster Olney,Sun Staff Writer | August 22, 1995
SEATTLE -- Signs reading SUPER MANTO were held up at Camden Yards, and for a five-week period, Jeff Manto was super, a story perfect for fiction.Guy battles through year after year of disappointment and breaks through at age 30. Bashes 12 homers in 26 games, including five in three days. The Hall of Fame calls for his bat, and he wins an everyday starting role in the majors.But Manto pulled his left hamstring June 25 and went on the disabled list, and shortly after he came back, he lost his everyday job. He's platooning with Jeff Huson at third base now, and despite a 2-for-3 night at the plate last night his average has dropped from .281 on the day he was injured to .251.
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By Buster Olney and Buster Olney,Sun Staff Writer | July 22, 1995
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Shortly after Jeff Manto went on the disabled list in June, Orioles manager Phil Regan said that he would be the regular third baseman when he came back. An injury, Regan said, shouldn't cost a player his job.Manto is back, but he's not playing regularly, having started only four of the nine games for which he's been eligible. The reason, Regan indicated yesterday, is that he doesn't think Manto is fully recovered from his strained hamstring."I don't think he's regained the stroke that he had," Regan said.
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By Buster Olney and Buster Olney,Sun Staff Writer | June 27, 1995
MILWAUKEE -- Jeff Huson and Jeff Manto are very similar. Both are 30 years old. Both have bounced around the minor leagues. Both have thought about quitting the game in recent years, even when they've been sure they can play in the majors.Huson, in fact, briefly thought about ending his career earlier this month, the culmination of 2 1/2 years of frustration and two months away from his family. But Sunday night, Huson got a reprieve; he was called up by the Orioles, after Manto pulled a hamstring muscle and was placed on the disabled list.
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By Buster Olney and Buster Olney,Sun Staff Writer | June 15, 1995
CLEVELAND -- Jeff Manto, who didn't have a position or even a major-league job when the season opened, is headed for the Hall of Fame.Or at least the bat that he used to hit five homers in three days last weekend is going to Cooperstown, N.Y. A representative from the Hall of Fame called Orioles media relations director John Maroon yesterday to ask that Manto's bat be sent to the Hall for enshrinement.Manto actually cracked the bat fouling a ball off against the Cleveland Indians' Charles Nagy on Monday night, but that's still good enough for the Hall of Fame.
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By Buster Olney and Buster Olney,Sun Staff Writer | June 26, 1995
Jeff Manto knew that his injury was serious the instant he felt the pain in the back of his left leg. He had moved to his right to backhand a grounder, planted his left leg and -- boom -- right away, a twinge.He limped off the field with a pulled hamstring, his storybook season on hold. After the game, Manto, hitting .281 with 12 homers and 30 RBIs in little more than a month since replacing Leo Gomez at third, was placed on the 15-day disabled list.The Orioles purchased the contract of infielder Jeff Huson from Triple-A Rochester to take Manto's roster spot.
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By JOHN EISENBERG | June 9, 1995
"This game has beaten me, frustrated me, knocked me down and kicked me," Jeff Manto was saying in the clubhouse yesterday.Anything else?"Spit on me."Which is why he refuses to admit he has stolen Leo Gomez's job as the Orioles' third baseman, even though he has been in the starting lineup for 21 straight games, hit more home runs than Cal Ripken and Chris Hoiles this year and obviously won manager Phil Regan's favor."As far as I know, it's not my job," he said yesterday after hitting two home runs at Camden Yards.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | November 5, 2013
The Orioles have hired Jeff Manto -- who played third base for the Orioles in 1995 -- to be the organization's new minor league hitting coordinator, the club announced Tuesday. For the past two seasons, Manto was the hitting coach for the Chicago White Sox.   Manto will replace Mike Boulanger, who will move to a role in the organization's amateur and pro scouting department by his owen choice. Manto, who played parts of nine major league seasons with eight different teams, had his best year in 1995 with the Orioles, hitting .256/.325/.492 with 17 home runs and 37 RBIs in 254 at-bats.
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By Paul McMullen and Paul McMullen,SUN STAFF | July 18, 2002
LAKEWOOD, N.J. - Don't turn lunch on days you're scheduled to pitch into a high school reunion. Be a tad wiser about the ribbing you get from teammates. The education of Gavin Floyd is progressing nicely, as the biggest bonus baby in the history of the Philadelphia Phillies adjusts to pitching to men instead of boys. Floyd's potential netted a club-record signing bonus of $4.2 million last summer, but his craft requires a wealth of knowledge bought on time. "So many of the guys just know more than I do," Floyd said.
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August 28, 1998
Quote: "I'm a proven so-so player." -- Former Oriole Jeff Manto, recently outrighted to Triple-A by the Indians.ZTC It's a fact: Pete Schourek's ERA with Boston increased from 8.10 to 8.68 in his four games since being obtained from Houston.Who's hot: Toronto's Kelvim Escobar, a converted reliever, has allowed just eight earned runs in 35 innings during his first five major-league starts.Who's not: Minnesota's Todd Walker, second in the AL batting race, went 0-for-13 in a three-game series against Tampa Bay, dropping his average 10 points to .329.
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June 4, 1998
Blue Jays: Roger Clemens is 4-4 this year following a Toronto loss. Clemens is 124-53 in his career following a loss by his team.Tigers: To make room on the roster for Seth Greisinger, the Tigers designated infielder Jeff Manto for assignment. Greisinger, 22, was the sixth overall selection in the 1996 draft. Tony Clark was given the day off to rest a sore left shoulder. The Tigers are 5-15 against their old division, the AL East.Pub Date: 6/04/98
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By Buster Olney | September 25, 1996
On the field: Former Oriole Jeff Manto ripped a long drive to deep center in the fourth inning, and Orioles center fielder Brady Anderson got a great jump, running with his back to home plate, before he leaped eight or nine feet from the wall to make the catch.In the dugout: With Alan Mills sidelined indefinitely, the Orioles may consider activating Esteban Yan for the final games of the season, merely to absorb innings and take pressure off the other relievers. Yan, who finished the year in Triple-A, only would be used in blowout situations if the Orioles recalled him.In the clubhouse: "Right now, we still control it. We're a game up on Seattle.
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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,SUN STAFF | January 26, 1996
Third baseman Jeff Manto, who hit 17 home runs in a part-time role for the Orioles last year, has signed a one-year contract with the Tokyo Yomiuri Giants of the Japanese Central League.Manto became something of a local hero last June when he became the 24th player in major-league history to hit home runs in four consecutive at-bats. He came into the 1995 season with four major-league homers, but hit five over a three-day span June 8 to 10.He won a utility job out of spring training, but replaced struggling Leo Gomez in the starting lineup in mid-May and played 37 straight games before a hamstring strain forced him onto the disabled list.
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By From Staff Reports WILMINGTON, Del | July 13, 1995
WILMINGTON, Del. -- Orioles third baseman Jeff Manto went 1-for-4 and drove in a run in his rehabilitation assignment with Single-A Frederick, but the Blue Rocks beat the Keys, 8-2, last night.Baysox 2, Indians 0CANTON, Ohio -- Bowie scored two unearned runs and Garret Stephenson and Jim Newlin combined on a six-hitter in the Double-A Eastern League win over Canton-Akron.
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By KEN ROSENTHAL | May 18, 1995
Leo who?Dean who?Introducing the Orioles' 962nd third baseman since Brooks Robinson:Man-to, Man-to, Man-to.Mickey Manto.That's his nickname.Welcome, Jeff!Meet Uncle Peter!Another season, another nephew.Owner Peter Angelos is adding relatives faster than asbestos clients.The Orioles rallied from a 4-0 deficit for a 7-4 victory over Detroit last night, rallied with a five-run sixth inning, rallied behind a towering, two-run homer by Manto.Manto, 30, finished with his first career four-hit game, and in one night, exceeded Gomez's extra-base hit total for the season.
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By Brad Snyder and Brad Snyder,SUN STAFF | October 21, 1995
As a first-year manager, Phil Regan had his share of problems with his players. Ben McDonald clashed with him about pitching out of the bullpen. Kevin Brown tossed him the ball after a bad nTC outing. Veteran players bristled at Regan's idea of changing the bunt plays in spring training.Not all of the 1995 Orioles, however, have hard feelings.Just ask the rookie, the career minor-leaguer and the major-league veteran.They're at different stages of their careers, but Greg Zaun, Jeff Manto and Kevin Bass have one thing in common -- their loyalty to Regan for giving them a chance.
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By Brad Snyder and Brad Snyder,SUN STAFF | September 30, 1995
The Orioles' housecleaning will begin when the season ends tomorrow, but a few players already have received the cold shoulder.Jeff Manto, Bret Barberie and Jamie Moyer have not played since the middle of September. They all want to come back next season, but can't do anything about it if they're not playing."I'm definitely frustrated," said third baseman Manto, who last started Sept. 15. "I'm sure there's a reasoning behind it. Do I deserve to play? I think so."Manto's 17 home runs have been a pleasant surprise for the Orioles.
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