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Mario Mendoza

Mario Mendoza was a baseball player who played from 1974 through 1982, with the Pittsburgh Pirates, Seattle Mariners, and Texas Rangers. Mendoza was primarily a shortstop, and the epitomy of a "good field, no hit" player, compiling a lifetime .215 batting average and .262 slugging percentage. Mendoza also rarely stole a base or drew a walk, resulting in a well-rounded offensive ineptitude that caused him to be little more than a defensive substitute throughout most of his career. The one exception was 1979, when the Seattle Mariners, in the third year of their existence, gave Mendoza almost 400 at bats. He responded with a .198 batting average, which gave rise to the now infamous "Mendoza Line" - the inability to hit .200.



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