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Manny Mota #11

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Full Name:
Manny Mota
Uniform #:
11

COACHING CAREER
Enters his 35th season as a coach with the Dodgers and 2013 will mark his 46th year with Los Angeles after a playing career that spanned parts of 13 seasons from 1969-1980 and 1982...his tenure as a coach is the longest in Los Angeles Dodgers' history...begins his 15th campaign assisting and communicating with the Dodgers' Latin American players while also coordinating all aspects of opponent charting...began his Dodger coaching career in 1980 when he was named first base coach and batting instructor...was the Dodgers' bench coach for the remainder of the 1996 season after Tommy Lasorda announced his retirement on July 29...has participated in five World Series with the Dodgers as a player or coach...has managed nine seasons in the Dominican Winter League ...won league titles with Licey in 1971, '83 and '84...was the Caribbean Series MVP as a player-manager in 1971...was selected the Dominican Winter League's Manager of the Year in 1984 while with the Caimanes del Sur...skippered Mexicali to the semifinals of the Mexican Pacific League in 1993.

PLAYING CAREER
Hit .304 during his 20-year Major League career with San Francisco (1962), Pittsburgh (1963-68), Montreal (1969) and the Dodgers (1969-80, 82) while becoming baseball's all-time pinch-hit leader with 150, a mark since broken by Lenny Harris and Mark Sweeney...batted .357 off the bench in 1979 and registered 15 pinch hits to surpass Smokey Burgess' career Major League record of 144...compiled a .319 (106-for-332) average as a pinch-hitter and a .315 average (605-for-1,923) overall during his career with Los Angeles...retired as a player in 1980, but was activated on Aug. 29 of that year when Reggie Smith went on the DL...had three hits in seven pinch-hit at-bats after returning to baseball for his 19th Major League season at the age of 42...was the first player selected in the 1968 Major League expansion draft by the Montreal Expos...in 1969 appeared in 31 games for Montreal, batting .315 before being traded with Maury Wills to the Dodgers for outfielder-first baseman Ron Fairly and infielder Paul Popovich...selected to the 1973 All-Star squad after leading the NL with a .351 first-half average...with 816 games as a Dodger, ranks fourth in that category among all players born in the Dominican Republic, trailing just Pedro Guerrero, Adrian Beltre and Raul Mondesi. 

PERSONAL
Manuel Rafael (Geronimo) Mota and his wife, Margarita, operate a youth baseball league during the offseason and the Manny Mota International Foundation, a non-profit organization which has raised money to build a medical clinic, baseball fields, and a school in the Dominican Republic and helps needy children in the Dominican and United States...the foundation also awards college scholarships and has hosted an annual golf tournament the last seven years...Louis Miguel Lebron Solis became the first player from the foundation little league to sign a pro contract when he did so with the Dodgers in 2004...has broadcast numerous games in Spanish since 2010 and will continue to expand his role as a Spanish language broadcaster for the Dodgers on SportsNet LA...the Mota family was honored by the Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation with the Ray Boone Award as "baseball's family of the year" on Jan. 16, 2010…served as a guest coach at several Los Angeles high schools during the 2007 season...the Mota family was honored at Los Angeles City Hall on July 7, 2004 by Los Angeles City Councilman Ed Reyes and Council President Alex Padilla...was inducted into the Hispanic Heritage Baseball Museum during pregame ceremonies at Dodger Stadium on Aug. 23, 2003...was a recent recipient in the Dominican Republic of the Deportista Meritorio, a lifetime achievement award honoring his baseball career and citizenship...rode on the Dodgers' float in the Rose Parade on Jan. 1, 2008 to celebrate the team's 50th anniversary in Los Angeles... he and his wife have eight children: Cecilia, Jose, Andres, Domingo, Manuel, Maria, Rafael and Tony.

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