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Sad But True

May 13 2001 at 11:21 AM
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Response to Kieschnick and Manto

 

It could very well end up that Mr. Kieshnick has a similar career to one of my favorite all time players, Mr. Jeff Manto.

I guess I just have a soft spot for underdogs. Underdogs who bust their butts, perform when called on, but still get overlooked for possibly no reason other than that they are underdogs.

Manto was an all-time Crash Davis. He tore up the minor leagues, mostly in Buffalo, and stuck it out until age 36. He spent parts of 9 years in the majors, hitting 31 homers in 713 at-bats. But that doesn't tell you the whole picture.

The ONLY time he ever got more than 130 at-bats in a season was with Baltimore in 1995. He had 254 that year. Thats less than half a season. But during those at-bats, he hit 17 homers, walked an acceptable amount of time, hit .256, and slugged in the .490's despite a low BA. Thats nothing that would put him in the heart of an order, but its more than Ron Coomer's and Jeff Conine's give you in a full year. Sometimes life just isn't fair.

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