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January 24, 2018
Dodger legend Manny Mota visits Historic Dodgertown
Compliments the iconic campus and city of Vero Beach
VERO BEACH, Fla (Jan. 24, 2018) — Historic Dodgertown today received a surprise visit from the great Manny Mota!
This is Manny’s first return visit to Historic Dodgertown since 2008.
“Being back at Historic Dodgertown is exciting and brings back great feelings,” Mota said. “There is a lot of history here and I cannot express how grateful I am to be here. I love Vero Beach as much as I love the entire Dodger organization and O’Malley family.”
Manny visited the fields on which he played and coached, and even took a few swings on Field #2 and in the batting cages (didn’t miss a beat!). He also toured Championship Hall, Campy’s Bullpen and the Jackie Robinson Room.
Manny played for the Dodgers from 1969 to 1980 and made his final plate appearance in 1982. He attended Spring Training at Dodgertown in Vero Beach, Florida from his first Dodger season through 2008 when the Dodgers relocated their training camp to Arizona.
He coached from 1980 through 2013, and is currently a Spanish-language broadcaster and minor league hitting instructor, all with the Dodgers team.
Manny is famously known for his pinch-hitting prowess. His then all-time major league record for career pinch-hits (150) stood for many years.
Manny holds a lifetime batting average of .304 and compiled a .319 (106-for-332) average as a pinch-hitter and a .315 average (605-for-1,923) overall during his career with Los Angeles. He participated in five World Series with the Dodgers as a player or coach.
He and his wife Margarita reside in the Dominican Republic and run the Manny Mota International Foundation. The non-profit has raise money to build a medical clinic, baseball fields and a school in his home country.
About Historic Dodgertown – Vero Beach, Florida
“A Florida Heritage Landmark”
World-famous Historic Dodgertown – Vero Beach, Florida is a multi-sport, 80-acre complex on Florida’s Treasure Coast managed by former Dodger owner Peter O’Malley in a partnership since 2012. O’Malley, whose family developed and expanded the site formerly known as “Dodgertown” for nearly 50 years, partnered with his sister Terry O’Malley Seidler and former Dodger star pitchers Chan Ho Park and Hideo Nomo.
On November 10, 2014, Historic Dodgertown was named a Florida Heritage Landmark for its unique historic significance extending beyond baseball, as the first completely integrated Spring Training site in the South. The “Baseball and Dodgertown” historical marker is located at the entrance to the conference center.
The home of Dodger Spring Trainings from 1948-2008, it was the starting place for six World Championships and 14 N.L. Pennant-winning teams. Numerous Baseball Hall of Fame players trained on these hallowed grounds, as well as 20 visits from professional teams in Asia.
The all-inclusive facility, owned by Indian River County, gives teams of all ages the unique opportunity to train, play, dine and stay together in on-site villas. Participants utilize one of 10 ½ playing fields (seven are Musco-lighted for night games), including a new cloverleaf of youth baseball/softball fields with concessions area and new multi-purpose field (110 by 130 yards) for football, soccer and lacrosse.
Other amenities include clubhouses, two full-sized weight rooms, dining room, Stadium Club lounge and a competition-size swimming pool. The home of 6,500-seat Holman Stadium, Historic Dodgertown – Vero Beach, Florida provides an all-encompassing experience for guests and is the ideal setting to build a championship team. It’s the perfect location for tournaments, camps, schools, business conferences and seminars.
Continuing its tradition since 1983, the Los Angeles Dodgers Adult Baseball Camp returned to Historic Dodgertown in November, 2014. Visit historicdodgertown.com for more information.
Ruth Ruiz, Historic Dodgertown – Vero Beach, Florida, (772) 257-8532