|Born: November 16, 1933|
Ceiba del Agua, Cuba
|April 9, 1970, for the Minnesota Twins|
|Last MLB appearance|
|June 7, 1970, for the Minnesota Twins|
|Runs batted in||20|
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.
The Mendoza Line
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. However, Minnie did not play during the time of George Brett.
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.
Mendoza was a coach for the Burlington Indians in the Appalachian League and was manager for the team in 1992. As of 2008, Mendoza the Latin America field coordinator in the Cleveland Indians organization.
- Minnie Mendoza, BaseballReference.com
- Holaday, Chris (2002). Baseball in North Carolina's Piedmont. Arcadia Publishing. p. 49. ISBN 0-7385-1413-6.
- Associated Press. "Hitters still trying to avoid Mendoza Line", Sports Illustrated, August 3, 2003. Retrieved on 2008-07-13.
- "Transactions", The New York Times, November 18, 1987.
- "For the Record", The Washington Post, HighBeam.com, October 28, 1988. Retrieved on 2008-07-13.
- Media Guide 2008 (PDF). Cleveland Indians. Retrieved on 2008-07-13.
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube
| Baltimore Orioles First Base Coach