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Manny Mota Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

Born: February 18, 1938 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Player Career
Bat: Right Throw: Right Height: 5' 10" Weight: 160
First Game: April 16, 1962 ; Final Game: September 1, 1982
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Manny Mota This article was written by Rory Costello and is presented in part, courtesy of the Society for American Baseball Research Manny Mota never seemed to age. "He's scary," said Steve Garvey, his teammate with the Los Angeles Dodgers. "I wish just one spring he would show up with one gray hair."[1] That was in June 1979, a couple of months before the Dominican set the career record for pinch hits. Mota wound up with 150 of them, a mark that stood until Lenny Harris surpassed it in 2001. Manny was a superb contact hitter with a .304 lifetime average. Writers and announcers loved to come up with analogies about how he could deliver at any time under any conditions. The pithiest might have been from Jim Murray of the Los Angeles Times: "He could get wood on a bullet."[2]The outfielder also played 20 seasons in the Dominican Winter League, tied for the most in the league's history -- it would have been more except for political turmoil in his homeland. He is the all-time leader there in batting average at .333. He was also a successful manager at home. If Tom Lasorda hadn't been so entrenched with the Dodgers, and if Manny weren't such a loyal organization man, it would have been interesting to see what this quiet, humble, and remarkably gracious man could have done as a big-league skipper.Manuel Rafael Mota Gerónimo was the sixth of eight children in a blended family. His mother, Fredesvinda Gerónimo, had four children with her first husband, a man named Pena. Manny's half-brothers and half-sisters were named Darío, Odilia, Luisa, and Adriana. Fredesvinda then had four children with Andrés Mota: another boy named Andrés, then two more girls after Manny named Bárbara and Josefina.
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