Player: Manto, Jeff
Card: 1996 Upper Deck Collector’s Choice #58
Jeffrey Paul Manto (born August 23, 1964 in Bristol, PA) is an American former journeyman baseball player and hitting coach. Jeff, sometimes known as “Mickey” Manto, was drafted in the 14th round of the 1985 Major League Baseball Draft by the California Angels and signed on June 7, 1985 in that same year.
He played 16 years of pro ball, 9 years for the Indians, Phillies, Orioles, Red Sox, Mariners, Tigers, Yankees and Rockies in MLB. He retired after the 2000 season. Manto also played for a short time for the Yomiuri Giants in Japan. He was a member of 3 World Series teams: 1993 NL Phillies, 1997 AL Cleveland Indians, and the 1999 AL NY Yankees.
Jeff tied Major League record for 4 consecutive HR’s in 4 consecutive AB’s (over 3 games), and tied AL record for 5 HR in 3 games – he has had numerous artifacts in Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, NY.
Jeff attended Temple University, where he had a career BA of .412. He also held Owl records for most bases, extra base hits, highest HR percentage, and highest slugging percentage. He won the Texas League Most Valuable Player in 1988 and the International League Most Valuable Player Award. In 1994, a season in which he played for both the Norfolk Tides and the Rochester Red Wings he won the International League Most Valuable Player.
While playing for the MiLB Rochester Red Wings, he forever made a name for himself in franchise history. In the winter of 1995, the city of Rochester was at risk of losing the franchise. Governor George Pataki had reversed a previous decision of his, and opted to deny the city the state funds needed to build the new stadium and keep the Red Wings in town.
When team owners staged a rally called “StadiumStock” Jeff, along with his father Michael, drove from Philadelphia through a massive snowstorm to attend the rally. Manto spoke at great length of his passion for the city, its fans, and the Silver family, which ran the Red Wings. The rally was successful and funding was restored.
Manto is a member of 8 Halls of Fame. Bristol High School HOF, Bucks County (Pa) HOF, Temple University HOF, Pennsylvania Sports HOF, Buffalo Bison HOF, Rochester Red Wings HOF, Greater Buffalo HOF, International League HOF. His Number 30 is Retired for the Buffalo Bisons.
Jeff is part of the Cleveland Indians Player Tour – Go to the Next Stop
Jeff is also part of the Detroit Tigers Player Tour – Go to the Next Stop
Jeff is also part of the New York Yankee Players Tour – Go To the Next Stop
Jeff is also part of the Red Sox Players Tour – Go To the Next Stop
Jeff is also part of the Philadelphia Phillies Player Tour – Go to the Next Stop
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