Carlos Mendoza (mendoca99)
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Carlos Enrique Mendoza
- Bats Both, Throws Right
- Height 6' 0", Weight 191 lb.
Carlos Mendoza spent 12 seasons in the minors, two at AAA, before becoming a coach and later a manager.
Mendoza debuted as a pro at age 17 with the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes, hitting only .208/.288/.208 in 33 games. At high A ball the next year, the youngster batted .214/.255/.249 for the San Jose Giants and was 5 for 26 in the postseason as his club won the California League title. He fielded .951, leading the league's shortstops as a good-glove, no-bat player. In 1999, Carlos again fielded .951 at short; he hit only .202/.288/.301 for the Shreveport Captains.
Demoted back to San Jose in 2000, the 20-year-old batted .256/.349/.355 with 25 steals in 38 tries. He missed a week and a half with an ankle sprain and hit .300 in six rehab games for the AZL Giants. He turned 72 double plays, leading the Cal League's shortstops. After shoulder surgery, he skipped all of 2001. Returning in 2002, Mendoza batted .244/.361/.324 for Shreveport. He did very well in winter ball, hitting .383 for La Guaira in the Venezuelan League.
Mendoza split 2003 between the Norwich Navigators (.233/.282/.372) and Fresno Grizzlies (6 for 24, 2 2B), making it to AAA. He then went to the independent leagues with the 2004 Pensacola Pelicans, hitting .314/.407/.451 against the weaker competition. He was 10th in the Central Baseball League in average. In '05, he fell to .293/.371/.443 but set career highs in runs (61), RBI (59) and homers (10).
For 2006, Carlos started strong with Pensacola (.346/.436/.458, 21 steals in 27 tries) and won a contract with the New York Yankees. He hit .270/.328/.409 in 31 games for the Tampa Yankees. He finished 4th in the American Association in average and was named the All-Star shortstop.
In 2007, the Venezuelan veteran hit .210/.316/.258 for the Trenton Thunder, then .244 in winter ball for the Cardenales de Lara. The next year, Mendoza batted .280/.396/.373 in 30 games for Trenton. He split 2009 between Trenton (4 for 14, 2B, one shutout inning pitched) and the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees (2 for 9, BB).
In 2018, he was named quality control coach for the New York Yankees. In 2020, he was promoted to bench coach, serving in that capacity for Aaron Boone for four seasons. On November 6, 2023, stories emerged that Mendoza had been named manager of the New York Mets for 2024 with confirmation expected to come within days. He was taking over for Buck Showalter, who had resigned at the end of the 2023 season after an underwhelming performance by the team, which had been expected to contend for the pennant but instead had missed the postseason by a wide margin.
|New York Mets Manager
Year-By-Year Managerial Record
|2011||GCL Yankees||Gulf Coast League||37-23||3rd||New York Yankees||League Champs|
|2012||Charleston RiverDogs||South Atlantic League||73-63||4th||New York Yankees|
- Anthony DiComo: "Mets to hire Mendoza from Yankees as next manager (source)", mlb.com, November 6, 2023. 
- Anthony DiComo: "Mendoza shows passion, drive as new Mets manager: 'I know the expectations from the fan base ... I can't wait to get started. I know I'm ready'", mlb.com, November 14, 2023.