On Doug's site, there's an interesting report on Chris Manno from a WBC teammate.
Doug First time here, I am at the World Games in PR and loving every minute of it. . . . Hey full disclosure I played for team Spain and I am an infielder. Great experience and great competition . or I should say the competition was off the charts.
I had to give a shout out to our boy Chris Manno. I played against him in College and remember him being very good. I am a bit older then he is, so I only played against him for one season. So for you readers and for him let me give you the run down
He pitched 1 2/3 inning against the best team in the classic (DR) and came in with two on and no out. 1st batter 90 mph fast ball broken bat fly ball out. Then a classic inning ending double play. He came out to pitch the next inning and was 88-92 with good action . Strike out and he ended his day with a weak ground ball from Jose Reyes. So the day for your young lefty was great. The WBC has very strict rules so they stopped in at 26 pitches . He had 1 K no walks , no hits against DR.
He was able to pitch against Venezuela and it was on 0 days rest which we knew would never happen in spring training. Manno had good velocity and gave up 2 hits and a broken bat blooper. He struck out one and a weak pop up to center field. Now his line was not good but he should of been out of the inning . He jammed a batter and the catcher dropped a ball behind the plate. Bad luck . He came out and then the flood gates opened up with our next pitcher giving up 4 hits in a row. I write this not because of his performance which was great but because of the person. In just 2 short weeks, manno is a friend for life. He embraced his teammates and made everyone around him better. Clubhouse guy like noone’s business and he works his tail off. I hope he reads this but Reds fans and Mr Doug. He is someone I want on my team ,and the entire coaching staff echoed the sentiment .