Since moving to California in 1982, he has covered the NBA and Major League Baseball for several of the highest circulation Spanish newspapers in the United States including La Opinión in Los Angeles. Most recently, he was the Sports Editor for El Nuevo Herald in Miami from 2000 to 2007, and since the 2008 season, he has covered feature stories as a freelance writer for (MLB in Spanish) and . A proud father of two, Franklin and Cristina, and Kayla's and Khloe's grandfather, Manolo resides in San Leandro.
His 33 saves (in 35 chances) ranked tied for the seventh in the National League while his save percentage ranked tied for second in the National League and tied for third in the Majors behind Miami's Steve Cishek () and Toronto's Casey Janssen ()...Named the Padres' Darrel Akerfelds Bullpen Award winner...Was 2-1 and 18-for-19 in save opportunities with a ERA (3 ER, IP) with 31 strikeouts in his final 31 relief appearances (June 26-end of season)...began the season with a 0-4 record and a ERA (14 ER, IP) with 15 strikeouts in his first 27 relief appearances...Was named National League Player of the Week (September 2-8), the second such honor of his career (also June 14, 2009 while with the Rockies)...His ERA from June 26 through the end of the season ranked third in the National League and seventh in the Majors amongst relievers (min. IP)...Was 25-for-25 in save opportunities between May 14 and September 23…during that stretch posted a ERA (1 ER, IP) with 23 strikeouts in save opportunities… the 25 consecutive saves was the second-longest streak of his career, behind only the 26 consecutive saves he had from June 8-September 27, 2009...could not convert his final save chance of the year in the season's final game on September 29 at San Francisco...Recorded 30+ saves for the third time in his career (2006, 2009)...recorded 20+ saves for the seventh time in his nine Major League seasons...Tossed consecutive scoreless innings (June 26-September 3), limiting opposing hitters to a .119 (8-for-67) batting average.