LOS ANGELES — Margarita Mota, the spouse of Los Angeles Dodgers nice Manny Mota and matriarch of a baseball household, died Saturday. She was 81.
She had been in ailing well being lately and died of pure causes at house within the Los Angeles suburb of La Crescenta, in accordance with her son, Jose, a former main leaguer who works on the crew’s Spanish language broadcasts.
Manny Mota, who’s 85, is main league baseball’s No. 3 profession pinch-hitter and received World Sequence titles with the Dodgers in 1981 and ’88. The Dominican outfielder performed components of 13 seasons from 1969 to 1982 with the Dodgers. He served as a coach for the crew from 1980 to 2013 and continued working for the membership as a Spanish-language TV broadcaster till 2020.
The couple was married for 60 years. They created the Manny Mota Worldwide Basis, a nonprofit that has raised cash to construct a medical clinic, baseball fields and a faculty within the Dominican Republic.
“I applaud her,” Jose Mota mentioned. “A girl of the individuals. She beloved the needy and taught us to maintain them.”
Moreover Jose, Margarita is survived by seven different kids: Cecilia, María, Rafael, Andy, Domingo, Gary and Tony, in addition to 20 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.
Andy additionally performed within the main leagues, whereas Domingo, Gary and Tony performed within the minors. Tony additionally coached for the Dodgers.
Jose Mota recalled his mom shepherding her eight kids forwards and backwards from the Dominican to Los Angeles to be with their father throughout his taking part in days.
“A powerful lady,” he mentioned. “A beautiful lady.”
Margarita Mota was recognized for cooking meals for Dodgers gamers collaborating within the Dominican Winter League.
“She made positive the American households went to our home for the vacations,” Jose Mota mentioned.
The Dodgers set a framed picture of the smiling couple, with Margarita’s arms round her husband, and a bouquet of white roses within the stadium press field. There was a second of silence earlier than the crew’s recreation towards the San Francisco Giants.