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Manny Mota out as a Dodgers coach after 33 years

Apr 23, 2013, 3:36 PM EDT

Manny Mota

This isn’t exactly major, as Manny Mota has been only sort of a part time coach for several years, but it’s still the end of an era of sorts for the Dodgers. Bill Shaikin reports:

In recent years, Mota has coached on the field before the game, then changed out of his uniform and headed to the press box to scout the opposing team or work on the Spanish TV broadcast. He no longer coaches the major league hitters or travels with the major league team. With the Dodgers on the road this week, Mota traveled to the minor leagues and appeared at the dedication of a youth baseball field.

Mota is 75 and there’s a whole new regime, so it sort of makes sense. There can be only one Don Zimmer, right?  Plus: the article suggests that Mota’s role will be expanded on the Spanish speaking broadcasts, which themselves will be expanding in the Dodgers new TV deal.

  1. 18thstreet - Apr 23, 2013 at 3:57 PM

    Pinch hitting for Pedro Borbón: Manny Mota.

    • senioreditor2 - Apr 23, 2013 at 5:17 PM

      Your attention please, pinch hitting for the pitcher Sutton, number 11, Manny Mota…………..

    • 78mu - Apr 24, 2013 at 4:51 AM

      Being old enough to have seen Mota play, this is still the first thing I think of when I see his name.

      If you were Mota, would you rather be remembered for your baseball career or from a line in one of the funniest movies of all time?

      • 18thstreet - Apr 24, 2013 at 9:32 AM

        This actually showed up in Pedro Borbón’s obituary! (Borbón said he liked to be remembered for it.)

        I was curious the pinch hitting ever happened, and learned they were never even teammates.

  2. koufaxmitzvah - Apr 23, 2013 at 4:24 PM

    Seriously, can people stop calling me Shirley?

  3. senioreditor2 - Apr 23, 2013 at 5:19 PM

    He and Vic Davalillo were one great pinch hitting combo!

  4. nygiantstones - Apr 23, 2013 at 6:44 PM

    There’s a sale at Penney’s!

  5. badintent - Apr 24, 2013 at 3:09 AM

    75 on his passport. Real age 85. Still can hit the fastball.

  6. hushbrother - Apr 24, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    Three facts about Manny Mota:

    1. He played for he ’62 Giants, but was buried on the bench of that über-talented team.

    2. In 1979 he became the all time leader in pinch hits. His record has since been broken.

    3. He is probably best known for the scene in “Airplane!”:

    “I’ve got to concentrate … concentrate … concentrate …

    “I’ve got to concentrate … concentrate … concentrate …

    “Hello? … Hello? … Hello? …

    “Echo … echo … echo …

    “Pinch hitting for Pedro Borbon, Manny Mota … Mota … Mota …”

    (Crack of bat, crowd roars)

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