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Monday, March 30, 2009

Jeff Manto says, "Good Morning, Cleveland"

Posted By on Mon, Mar 30, 2009 at 9:21 AM

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Jeff Manto, the answer to the question: Who was the Indians starting first baseman on Opening Day of 1998?

Consummate journeyman, Manto played in Cleveland in 1990 and 1991 before playing with Philly, Boston, Baltimore and Seattle. He returned Lake Erie-side in 1997 and suited up for the Tribe and Detroit in 1998, then bounced to the Yankees and Colorado.

He hit a career-high 17 HR in 1995 with the Orioles, which probably explains why Starting Lineup actually made a Jeff Manto doll in 1996. Though he never reproduced that power again in the majors, he apparently was a four-time minor league MVP.

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