Minnie Mendoza

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Cristobal Rigoberto Mendoza Carreras

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 0", Weight 180 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Cristobal "Minnie" Mendoza was one of only four players born in Cuba to make his debut during the 1970s. The others were Oscar Zamora, Orlando Gonzalez, and Bobby Ramos. Mendoza played at least 20 years in pro ball, coming to the majors for sixteen games when he was 36 years old. He appeared with the 1970 Twins, a team which won 98 games and the division championship. Although a "rookie", he was the oldest man on the squad and one of the ten oldest in the 1970 American League. In the minors, he spent ten seasons playing for the Charlotte Hornets.

Mendoza managed the 1974-1975 Indios de Ciudad Juarez, 1981 Miami Orioles and 1992 Burlington (NC) Indians. He also managed in the Liga Colombiana de Béisbol Profesional.

In 2007-2008 (at least), Mendoza was the Cleveland Indians' Latin American field coordinator.

Year-By-Year Minor League Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs
1974 Ciudad Juarez Indians Mexican League 60-78 13th none
1975 Ciudad Juarez Indians Mexican League 58-80 14th none
1981 Miami Orioles Florida State League 44-92 10th Baltimore Orioles
1992 Burlington Indians Appalachian League 35-31 3rd Cleveland Indians

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