Open Thread: Ramiro Mendoza



It’s been six years since he last pitched in affiliated baseball, but right-hander Ramiro Mendoza told Jose Pineda that he hopes to play for Panama in the upcoming World Baseball Classic. “It’s a source of pride for me,” said the former Yankees swingman, who has been training with his home country’s squad. “It’s a great honor to wear Panama’s uniform. I want to do it here, in front of my fans and I hope it’s not the last time.”

Mendoza, 40, pitched in the 2009 WBC and spent that summer with the independent Newark Bears, but he hasn’t been in the big leagues since his ill-fated second stint in pinstripes in 2005. He was a valuable arm and generally underappreciated part of the late-90s dynasty, pitching to a 3.48 ERA (3.79 FIP) in 698.2 innings and 277 appearances (57 starts) from 1996-2002 before joining with the Red Sox and promptly falling apart. Mendoza was the original Embedded Yankee.

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Here is your open thread for the evening. The Giants and Cardinals are playing Game Seven of the NLCS (Cain vs. Lohse, 8pm ET on FOX), and the Monday Night Football game is the Lions at the Bears (8:30pm ET on ESPN). Talk about those games or any other non-politics topic right here.

Categories : Open Thread


  1. Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle AKA True Yankee(TM) says:

    *Comes out of baseball free cave* is it safe yet? I’ve only posted a few times since The Sweep subtitle: The End of The Yankees and Baseball as We Know It, Also Known As ‘Every Year the Yankees Don’t Win The World Series’ and it seems like people are still crazy.

    On a side note, that is my working title for the book I just thought of about the entitlement of sports fans (specifically Yankee fans) in the NYC area.

    • MannyGeee Machete says:

      I would read that.

    • Rocky Road Redemption says:

      You did the right thing staying away. It was pretty nuts. Kind of fun too, though, in a sadistic way. The attitude around here sort of became “throw shit at a wall and see what sticks”, so the non-trolls got their say too.

      Side Note: I wouldn’t read the book. So ha.

  2. Rich in NJ says:

    If it happens, Torre should throw out the first pitch.

  3. Get Phelps Up says:

    Shameless self promotion: this is a video montage I made of every single one of the 252 home runs hit by the Yankees this year.


  4. LarryM., Fl. says:

    I thought he was an important piece with the Yankees during his tenure.

  5. Pat D says:

    May 10, 1998: Mendoza throws a 5-hit shutout against the Twins.

    July 10, 1998: Mendoza records a save in a 8-4 victory over the Rays.

    Even though they were 63-20 after that July 10 game, I knew it was going to be a special year because when in the age of the specialized bullpen had a pitcher done both of those things in the same season?

  6. Joe F says:

    HEY GUYS! Long time no talk!

  7. Joe F says:

    Rooting for the Giants. I love the Cain fro.

  8. Hall and Nokes says:

    Second best Panamanian pitcher in Yankee history?

    • Antony says:

      It’s a pretty fun fact that here in Panama there are two players with 5 World Series Rings… Mo and “El brujo” Mendoza. Mendoza is a luckiest player than Mariano is

  9. Hall and Nokes says:

    Every hit is painful to me right now. Hell, every quality at bat is painful.

  10. Darren says:

    Are you guys listening to this crowd??

  11. Joe F says:

    Cain delivers just sounds weird.

  12. Alkaline says:

    I miss El Brujo

  13. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Pretty good write up of Gary Sanchez here:

    For anyone interested.

  14. Get Phelps Up says:

    The Cardinals really should have beaten Barry freaking Zito at home in game 5.

  15. Hans Moleman says:

    See how much more exciting it was to see Cain flail through 3 pitches than to see an actual hitter at the plate?

    • MannyGeee Machete says:

      ummm, you might be new here, so let me break down something for you right quick…

      “flailing through pitches” is kiiiiiind of a sore spot in Yankee Land right now, so you may wanna soft shoe around it for a hot minute.


  16. Antony says:

    It’s a pretty fun fact that here in Panama there are two players with 5 World Series Rings… Mo and “El brujo” Mendoza. Mendoza is a luckiest player than Mariano is

  17. JLC 776 says:

    1 run in 24 innings (and counting) for the Cardinals.

    See? Any team can go cold at shitty times.

  18. Get Phelps Up says:

    Go Giants and beat the ever living shit out of the Tigers!

  19. Fake Jim Bouton says:

    Hey maybe that Pujols guy could have helped them win one extra game. How much is a WS worth?

    • vicki says:

      now wait.

      what’s with the sn?

      i bought ball four at a garage sale when i was eleven.

      what makes you fake?

    • JLC 776 says:

      What’s A-Rod’s contract again? That was the price of 2009!

      • vicki says:

        2015 ws mvp, thank you very much.

      • Pat D says:

        Actually, it was the CC/AJ/Teix contracts.

        I keep being afraid that what they did in ’09 with bringing in those guys and possibly only winning one championship is going to parallel what has happened, or I guess did happen at this point, when the Celtics brought in Garnett and Allen. Just one ring.

        • JLC 776 says:

          I’m referring to multiple, dramatic HRs that saved several games for us in the 2009 post season.

          Pure and simple, we don’t win in 2009 without A-Rod.

  20. pistol pete says:

    Mendoza was lights out in game 7 versus Arizona 1n the 2001 world series and I was hoping Joe left him in for the 8th inning and Mo would have only needed the ninth. mo got touched up in the 9th and the series was gone. Tough call for Joe not to stretch Rivera 2 innings but Mendoza was mowing them down that inning.

  21. pistol pete says:

    Correction, Stanton pitched the 7th inning that night but Mendoza was great that series and I think could have gotten the 8th and made things easier for Mo in the 9th, sorry for the correction.

  22. vicki says:

    guys, seriously.

    scutaro? scutaro???

    the hell.

    • Pat D says:

      Here are some other guys who have been MVP’s of postseason series:

      Don Larsen
      Larry Sherry
      Donn Clendenon
      Gene Tenace
      Bucky Dent
      Manny Trillo
      Steve Yeager
      Rick Dempsey
      Jeffrey Leonard
      Rob Dibble/Randy Myers
      Steve Avery
      Pat Borders
      Mike Devereaux
      Sterling Hitchcock
      Eddie Perez
      Craig Counsell
      Adam Kennedy
      David Eckstein
      Cody Ross

      Plus you’ve got things like Brian Doyle’s 7 for 16 performance in the ’78 Series, and Billy Hatcher going 9 for 12 with a 2.050 OPS in the ’90 Series.

      Translation: Shit happens in one small series.

  23. Magilla Gorilla Mama Called me Roy tho says:

    No Mike, actually Ramiro Mendoza was overappreciated. They could have traded Mendoza for Jim Edmunds in his prime. Instead, Joe Torre wanted a sixth inning setup man. Mendoza never had a good year again. Edmunds had around 12 more good years.

    • Duh Innings says:

      Uhhhh…Bernie Williams CF, O’Neill RF.

      Raines, Strawberry, Spencer, Ledee, Curtis, and Justice were just fine in LF when you had Girardi/Leyritz/Posada C, Martinez 1B, Duncan/Knoblauch 2B, Boggs/Hayes/Brosius 3B, Jeter SS, Fielder/Davis DH.

      Mendoza was an excellent swingman and the best one the Yanks ever had.

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