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Diamondbacks release 39-year-old infielder Melvin Mora

Jun 29, 2011, 7:51 PM EDT

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Not to be outdone by the Cardinals and Cubs, who both released struggling veterans on Wednesday evening, the Diamondbacks have cut ties with 39-year-old corner infielder Melvin Mora.

The news comes courtesy of Craig Grialou of KTAR 620 AM in Phoenix, Arizona.

Mora opened the season as the Diamondbacks’ primary third baseman, but the emergence of Ryan Roberts swiftly sent the longtime Oriole to the bench and he batted just .205/.220/.244 after May 1.

Mora may seek out a spot with another organization but will probably have to settle for a minor league deal. A native of Yaracuy, Venezuela, he has played 13 major league seasons — 10 of them for Baltimore.

  1. royalsfaninfargo - Jun 29, 2011 at 8:05 PM

    Did Mora have the Ugliest batting stance ever? Hmmmmm……

    • capsboy - Jun 30, 2011 at 1:51 AM

      Aaron Rowand has the ugliest batting stance ever.

      • foreverchipper10 - Jun 30, 2011 at 11:37 AM

        Craig Counsell is the worst.

  2. pipkin42 - Jun 29, 2011 at 9:40 PM

    The O’s TV guys (especially that hack Jim Hunter) used to talk about how Mora was a great guy who just loved playing baseball. As far as I know, that’s true (he was the only one to go to Elrod Hendricks’s funeral). But man, he always had a miserable expression on his face when he was out there.

    • pisano - Jun 29, 2011 at 10:05 PM

      Good point about the look on his face, always looked like he was mad at the world.

  3. Old Gator - Jun 30, 2011 at 2:33 PM

    And he ran out of the stadium naked except for a dog collar.

    You can’t make stuff like this up. I dare you to even try.

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