Manny Mota

Positions:
Bats: R Throws: R
Height: 70 Weight: 160
Born: Friday, February 18, 1938 in Santo Domingo, Distrito Nacional D.R.
Died: in ,
Debut: 4/16/1962
Last Game: 9/1/1982
Full Name: Manuel Rafael Mota

 

Manny Mota, outfielder for the 1963-68 Pirates. He hit .176 in limited playing time with the 1962 Giants, who traded him to the expansion Houston Colt .45’s in the off-season. The Pirates acquired him on April 4,1963 before he played a game in Houston, giving up outfielder Howie Goss in the deal. Mota didn’t play much his first season but from 1964-68 he saw plenty of time at all three outfield positions, playing at least 111 games each season. He would hit .332 in 1966, followed by a .321 season in 1967, getting a total of 671 ABs between the two seasons. The Pirates lost him to the Montreal Expos during the 1968 expansion draft. Manny played parts of 20 seasons in the majors, last getting an AB in 1982 for the Dodgers. He was a .304 career hitter and also the all-time leader in pinch hits when he retired, breaking the record of former Pirate Smoky Burgess in 1979, before losing the record to Lenny Harris in 2001. His sons Andy and Jose Mota each played in the majors as well as his cousin Jose Baez. He turns 82 today.