Kirt Manwaring was a defensive stalwart behind the plate for the Giants of the early 1990s. Spending the first nine years of his professional career in the Giants organization (before heading off to Houston and Colorado), Manwaring was undoubtedly partially responsible for the strong Giants pitching during that stretch (along with Roger Craig and his splitter of course).
Manwaring had to be good with pitchers, because the guy couldn’t hit a lick; in 13 years in the bigs and a permanent residence in the eighth spot in the batting order, he hit .246 with a whopping 21 homeruns.
The thing we remember most about Manwaring is his calm, steadying mannerism on the field. He was a very good defensive catcher and handled the pitching staff very well. His hands were always communicating with the pitcher, whether it was to reaffirm a good pitch or to convey composure.
In 1993, he won a Gold Glove and the Willie Mac Award. So he’s got that going for him, which is nice.
In April 2007, Manwaring had his jersey retired by his alma mater, the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers. And anyone who doesn’t “get” the mascot should read more Chaucer.