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Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Greg Mannion got college confidence, had short career

Greg Mannion 1990 Salinas Spurs card

Cal State-Fullerton outfielder Greg Mannion struggled toward the end of the 1988 season, leading him to the bench, The Los Angeles Times wrote.

But, by the time the post-season came around, Mannion was back, The Times wrote.

"(Coach) has told me he's going to stick with me, for my bat and my defense," Mannion told The Times. "That helps me a lot. It gives me a lot of confidence and now I'm just having fun."

Mannion ultimately had enough fun in college to sign with a pro team. His pro career, however, proved brief, just seven games.

Mannion's brief career began and ended in 1990, signed by the independent Salinas Spurs.

With Cal State-Fullerton, Mannion hit a grand slam in a February 1988 game, part of a big 22-5 win, The Arizona Daily Star wrote.

"A hell of a good day," Mannion told The Daily Star.

Mannion started with Salinas in 1990. His stint lasted seven games. He picked up five hits in 22 at bats. He also stole two bases. By the end of that April, he'd been released, ending his career.

Greg Mannion 1990 Salinas Spurs card

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:4,347
Made the Majors:1,401-32.2%
Never Made Majors:2,946-67.8%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:570
10+ Seasons in the Minors:352

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