Former Dodger Great Makes Latino Baseball Hall of Fame – Inside the Dodgers
The Dodgers have sent another member to the Latino Hall of Fame as Manny Mota’s baseball career places him among the greatest to ever play the game and will forever be immortalized for his talent. Mota spent 20 seasons in the league, including 12 seasons with the Dodgers, where he made his only All-Star appearance in 1973.
Mota was traded to the Dodgers in 1969 and became their first pinch hitter while hitting over .300 over the first five seasons. At the time of his retirement, Mota held the all-time record for career hits.
Mota also appeared in four World Series with the Dodgers as a player between 1974 and 1981, but appeared in a fifth World Series as the team’s manager in 1988. Mota retired as manager in 2013 and became in color commentator.
“I was very grateful, very grateful to be inducted into the Latino Baseball Hall of Fame because I don’t think I deserved that,” Mota said. “Many others deserve it more than I do, and I am very grateful to the Lord because I feel that the Lord has given me more than I deserve.”
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The Latino Baseball Hall of Fame is no easy feat, as Mota joins a list of only 74 other players who were inducted prior to this season. Mota’s legacy will live on forever in the hearts of Dodgers fans as he continues to leave a legacy for all Latino players to make a name for themselves.
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