Manny Mota will become the sixth member inducted into the Legends of Dodger Baseball on Saturday during a ceremony before first pitch between the St. Louis Cardinals and Los Angeles Dodgers.
The pregame ceremony will be hosted by Dodgers broadcaster and Manny’s son, José Mota, and feature several other guests. Among those attending are Hall of Fame broadcaster Jaime Jarrín, Orel Hershiser, Steve Garvey, Adrián Beltré, former Dodgers owner Peter O’Malley, and Alfonso Rodríguez Zorrilla, the Consul General of the Dominican Republic on the West Coast of the United States.
The festivities will include video tributes and a few special surprises for Mota. “This is a great honor and a great privilege, and I’m very grateful to the Dodgers for selecting me as a Legend of Dodger Baseball,” Mota said.
“I don’t consider myself a legend, just another person who always tried to contribute to the Dodgers and give my best. I am humbled and really appreciate what the Dodgers are doing for me. I consider Dodger Stadium my home away from home, and I consider myself to be an adopted son of the Dodger organization.”
Mota has been a member of the Dodgers organization for more than 50 years as a player, coach and broadcaster. He previously held the distinct honor of being the longest-tenured coach in franchise history (1980-2018).
Mota was inducted into the Latino Baseball Hall of Fame last year, which was established in 2010, and focuses on honoring the contributions of Latin American players through three groups: Latin American players in the National Baseball Hall of Fame, The Veterans, and Contemporaries (since 1959).
Manny Mota joins Legends of Dodger Baseball
Legends of Dodger Baseball is a recognition of franchise greats and their impact on and off the field. Inductees receive a plaque honoring achievements during their careers with the Dodgers, which also go on permanent display at Dodger Stadium.
The group now consists of Mota, Steve Garvey, Kirk Gibson, Don Newcombe, Fernando Valenzuela and Maury Wills. Hershiser will be enshrined later this season on July 29.
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