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Thursday, November 8, 2018

Tony Manahan, Showed Confidence - 83

San Bernardino's Tony Manahan had a good day in this July 1990 game, but he also saw his teammates doing well, too, according to The San Bernardino County Sun.

Manahan picked up three hits in the game, including a home run. Teammates had three and four hits, too, The Sun wrote.

"I think right now we've got a lot of confidence at the plate," Manahan told The Sun afterward. "Everybody wants to hit. And you need that because we play in a tough pitching league. That's what I heard at least."

Manahan showed confidence that year and over a career that spanned seven seasons. He made AAA in four of those seasons, but he never made the majors.

Manahan's career began that year in 1990, taken by the Mariners 38th overall in the draft out of Arizona State University. Manahan is the brother of fellow first-round pick Austin Manahan.

At Arizona State, Manahan was named first-team All-America by Baseball America and second-team All-America by the National Collegiate Coaches Association.

Mananan started with the Mariners that year at high-A San Bernardino. He got into 51 games and hit .318. He hit a three-run home run at the end of July based on what he'd heard of the the opposing pitcher, he told The Sun afterward.

"I've never faced him but the guys told me about him," Manahan told The Sun. "He relies a lot on his fastball and he didn't have the juice tonight."

He then lost some time that August due to some arm soreness.

Manahan returned for 1991 and made AA Jacksonville. He played there two seasons, hitting .254 and .257. He went 3 for 4, with two RBI in a May 1991 game, and picked up 12 hits over 16 at bats in that series.

Manahan arrived at AAA for the first time in 1993 and stayed there through the end of his career in 1996. He played at Calgary with the Mariners in 1993 and 1994. He picked up five hits in a July 1993 game and hit .302 and .285 overall his two years there.

Manahan moved to the Phillies system and Scranton for 1995. He knocked in a run on a single there in July. He got into 90 games that year and 17 more there in 1996 to end his career.
1990 Minor League Tally
Players/Coaches Featured: 3,006
Made the Majors:1,101-36.6%
Never Made Majors:1,905-63.4%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors: 458
10+ Seasons in the Minors:276

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