Mario Mendoza

Positions:
Bats: R Throws: R
Height: 71 Weight: 170
Born: Tuesday, December 26, 1950 in Chihuahua, Chihuahua Mexico
Died: in ,
Debut: 4/26/1974
Last Game: 5/22/1982
Full Name: Mario Mendoza

 

Mario Mendoza, shortstop for the Pirates from 1974 to 1978. Mendoza was signed as an amateur free agent in 1970 and slowly worked his way through the minors, earning promotions based more on his defense than his hitting. He is still often referenced to this day due to his poor hitting skills, when someone who has a batting average hovering near .200 is said to be near the Mendoza line. He hit below .200 in three of his five seasons in Pittsburgh and five times overall in his nine-year career. With the Pirates his best season was actually his rookie year when he hit .221 in 91 games. In was the only time in his five seasons in Pittsburgh he batted over 100 times. He played 324 total games with the Pirates, coming to the plate just 478 times, which resulted in a .204 average. He was traded to the Mariners in December of 1978.