Rieleros de Aguascalientes
|First Baseman, Third Baseman, Designed Hitter|
October 15, 1973 |
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
|June 3, 1998 for the Kansas City Royals|
(through 2004 season)
|Runs batted in||40|
Mendy López Aude (born October 15, 1973 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) is a utility player who has played for many professional baseball teams including in the United States, México, South Korea, and the Dominican Republic. He currently plays for the Rieleros de Aguascalientes in the Mexican League.
López was signed as an amateur free agent by the Kansas City Royals on February 26, 1992. He is often referred to as a "journeyman", a title bestowed upon those in the sports world who play on several different teams within a short amount of time. Lopez has played for four Major League Baseball teams over the span of his 7-year career: the Kansas City Royals (1998-1999, 2003-2004), the Florida Marlins (2000), the Houston Astros (2001), and the Pittsburgh Pirates (2001-2002).
In 2007, López played for the Sultanes Monterrey of the Mexican League. He hit .304 with 21 home runs and 67 RBI. In 2008, he again played for Monterrey batting .321 with 22 home runs and 97 RBI. He was named to the midseason All-Star team in 2006, 2007, and 2008. He played for Águilas Cibaeñas in the Dominican Winter League in 2008.
Claim to fame
López is probably best known for his dramatic pinch-hit, three-run, game-tying home run against Chicago White Sox pitcher Dámaso Marte with 1 out in the bottom of the ninth inning during the Kansas City Royals' first game of the 2004 MLB season. The Royals went on to win the game 9–7.
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