Minnie Mendoza

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Minnie Mendoza
Born: (1933-11-16) November 16, 1933 (age 85)
Ceiba del Agua, Cuba
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 9, 1970, for the Minnesota Twins
Last MLB appearance
June 7, 1970, for the Minnesota Twins
MLB statistics
Batting average.188
Home runs0
Runs batted in20

Cristobal Rigoberto Mendoza Carreras (born November 16, 1933), better known as Minnie Mendoza, is a former Major League Baseball infielder and coach who played for the Minnesota Twins during the 1970 MLB season.


Minnie Mendoza was born on November 16, 1933 in Ceiba del Agua, Cuba.[1]

Playing career[edit]

Mendoza played 10 years for minor league Charlotte Hornets.[2]

Mendoza played 16 games for the Minnesota Twins during the 1970 MLB season as a 36-year-old rookie. In 16 at-bats, Mendoza compiled 3 hits and 2 runs, while recording a .188 batting average.[1]

The Mendoza Line[edit]

Mendoza is featured in the controversy surrounding the naming of the Mendoza Line, meaning a .200 batting average. While most believe that the "Mendoza Line" first referred to by George Brett is named after 9-year veteran Mario Mendoza (who had a .215 career batting average and hit .198 in his biggest season), there is some controversy as to whether Brett was actually referring to Minnie Mendoza when he coined the famous phrase.[3] However, Minnie did not play during the time of George Brett.

Coaching career[edit]

After retiring as a player, Mendoza was a coach for the Charlotte O's. Mendoza was also a first base coach for the Baltimore Orioles during the 1988 season. After the 1988 season, he became a roving minor league instructor in the Orioles organization.[2][4][5]

Mendoza was a coach for the Burlington Indians in the Appalachian League and was manager for the team in 1992.[2] As of 2008, Mendoza the Latin America field coordinator in the Cleveland Indians organization.[6]


  1. ^ a b Minnie Mendoza, BaseballReference.com
  2. ^ a b c Holaday, Chris (2002). Baseball in North Carolina's Piedmont. Arcadia Publishing. p. 49. ISBN 0-7385-1413-6.
  3. ^ Associated Press. "Hitters still trying to avoid Mendoza Line", Sports Illustrated, August 3, 2003. Retrieved on 2008-07-13.
  4. ^ "Transactions", The New York Times, November 18, 1987.
  5. ^ "For the Record", The Washington Post, HighBeam.com, October 28, 1988. Retrieved on 2008-07-13.
  6. ^ Media Guide 2008 (PDF). Cleveland Indians. Retrieved on 2008-07-13.

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Preceded by
Terry Crowley
Baltimore Orioles First Base Coach
Succeeded by
Johnny Oates