Chad Mottola
American baseball player
Chad Mottola
Charles Edward "Chad" Mottola is a former Major League Baseball outfielder who is currently the hitting coach for the Las Vegas 51s. He is an alumnus of the University of Central Florida. Drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the 1st round of the 1992 Major League Baseball Draft (5th overall), Mottola made his major league debut with the Cincinnati Reds on April 22, 1996.
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Perez gets shelled as Red Sox trounce Blue Jays - TSN
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...Las Vegas hitting coach Chad Mottola will join the Blue Jays for the rest of the season. Teams are allowed to add coaches as well as players when rosters are expanded in September. ....Shortstop Yunel Escobar was back in the Toronto lineup on
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Home, where my thought's escaping - Sept. 6 GameThread - Red Sox @ Jays - Bluebird Banter
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Davis played 2 days ago but has reinjured himself and won't be back this season. Walters could refuse the assignment and become a free agent but I'm not too worried about that. Chad Mottola has also been called up to Toronto to help with the hitters
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What Ever Happened to BJ Wallace? - New York Times (blog)
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Phil Nevin (picked first by Houston) and Chad Mottola (fifth by Cincinnati) were still in uniform, Nevin as a manager and Mottola as a coach in the minor leagues. Paul Shuey (second by Cleveland) was a professional bass fisherman, and Jeffrey Hammonds
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Bryan LaHair Syndrome: Why Your September Callup Might Not Be All He Seems - Baseball Nation
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Chad Mottola. Eddie Williams. Dave McCarty, once the No. 3 overall pick in the draft (1991). Alan Zinter, another former No. 1 pick who hit 263 minor league home runs over 6800 plate appearances, but got just 78 major league at-bats as a reward
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Tao tweet bag - Sportsnet.ca
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Chad Mottola, the hitting coach of the Jays' triple-A affiliate in Las Vegas, has earned rave reviews from the farmhands for his work on their swing mechanics (He's apparently transformed Adeiny Hechavarria from Dave Concepcion to Alex Rodriguez
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51s in swing of things with Mottola - Las Vegas Review - Journal
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He credits hitting coach Chad Mottola for much of his success. » Buy this photo KEY: Edgar Gonzalez hit a go-ahead single in the ninth inning for the Grizzlies, who dealt the 51s their sixth straight loss. Chad Mottola is the Las Vegas 51s hitting
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Mottola works his magic on Jays' Hechavarria - National Post (blog)
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When Adeiny Hechavarria was promoted to the Las Vegas 51s, hitting coach Chad Mottola took one look at his swing and asked him to try something new. That night, Hechavarria got two hits. When Adeiny Hechavarria was promoted to the Las Vegas 51s,
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Minor League Recap: we've had our eye on you for some time now, Mr. Anderson - Bluebird Banter
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Again, let's see what Chad Mottola can do for him in Vegas next year. Gose has a lot of time to figure out how he's gonna cut down on the strikeouts. I'm looking forward to see Molina try to build on the success of his impressive 8 strikeout debut in
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Thames making most of second chance with Jays - Toronto Star
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But a conversation with 51s hitting coach Chad Mottola helped turn it around. The career minor leaguer urged him to stay positive, put in the work and focus on returning to form. Thames did just that. Over the next 11 games in Las Vegas, he raised his
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Author discusses Jeter's journey - Wilkes Barre Times-Leader
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The Astros selected Phil Nevin that year, and the Reds selected Chad Mottola with the fifth pick, leaving Jeter free to be selected by New York. Since then, he has been a key component in five World Series victories. Jeter has been selected for 12
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MLB: The Most Amazing, Staggering, Bizzare & Fantastic Numbers of the First Half - Bleacher Report
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685—Average career hit total of Phil Nevin, Jeffrey Hammonds and Chad Mottola. They are the three hitters selected before Derek Jeter in the 1992 amateur baseball draft. Pitchers Paul Shuey (476 relief appearances with a 3.87 ERA) and BJ Wallace
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Derek Jeter: The luckiest man on the face of the earth - Washington Post (blog)
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Imagine if the Cincinnati Reds, for example, had taken Jeter (rather than the immortal Chad Mottola) with the fifth overall pick. Jeter might have become Barry Larkin. Had he wound up in Milwaukee, he might have become Robin Yount
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Swing shift - National Post (blog)
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Snider did not expect to spend two months in the desert, sweating it out in the batting cage every day with hitting coach Chad Mottola, wondering for a time where his power had gone and missing two weeks with a concussion. But there he was in Fenway
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Sixth pick in 1992 draft panned out - Sioux City Journal
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5 pick, Chad Mottola, an outfielder from Central Florida selected by Cincinnati. He knocked around pro ball for all of 16 seasons, appearing in 59 major league games with a .200 batting average while piling up an even 1800 games in the minors
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Blue Jays' future very bright down on farm - BlueJays.com
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"It's not every day where you have a team with this many big league capable players, and it's really exciting," Las Vegas hitting coach Chad Mottola said. "Last year was really fun working with JP Arencibia and a couple of different guys
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Pepper: Pujols' injury keeping him in St. Louis? - CBSSports.com (blog)
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It wasn't quite that close, though (not like, say, the Reds skipping Derek Jeter to take Chad Mottola in 1992), as the Reds selected Votto with the 44th overall pick. The Yankees didn't have a pick until 71 after losing their first-round pick by
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    FORTIES
  • 2016
    Age 44
    The Rays promoted Mottola to become their major league hitting coach in September 2016.
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  • 2013
    Age 41
    In November 2013, Mottola was hired by the Tampa Bay Rays as their minor-league hitting coordinator.
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    On October 7, 2013, the Blue Jays announced that Mottola would not be returning for the 2014 season.
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  • 2012
    Age 40
    On November 24, 2012, Mottola was promoted to be the Toronto Blue Jays hitting coach for the 2013 season.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2010
    Age 38
    From 2010 to 2012, he was the hitting coach for the Las Vegas 51s, Toronto's Triple-A affiliate at the time.
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  • 2008
    Age 36
    On October 6, 2008, Mottola was announced as the Blue Jays roving minor league hitting instructor for the 2009 season.
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  • 2007
    Age 35
    After the 2007 season, Mottola accepted a job as the hitting coach of the Gulf Coast Blue Jays of the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League.
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    Mottola retired after the 2007 season.
    More Details Hide Details During his final seasons, Mottola began to play less and serve as a mentor to younger players, making for a transition into a coaching career.
  • 2006
    Age 34
    He was promoted to MLB in 2006, but spent the majority of the 2005 through 2007 seasons with Syracuse.
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  • 2005
    Age 33
    In 2005, he returned to the Blue Jays organization, playing with Syracuse.
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  • 2004
    Age 32
    Mottola signed with the Orioles for the 2004 season, splitting his time between MLB and the Class-AAA Ottawa Lynx.
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  • 2003
    Age 31
    He began the 2003 season with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays organization, playing for the Class-AAA Durham Bulls, but was released.
    More Details Hide Details He signed with the Boston Red Sox on June 12 to replace Julio Zuleta, who had signed to play in Japan, on the Class-AAA Pawtucket Red Sox.
  • 2002
    Age 30
    In 2002, Mottola returned to Syracuse.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 2000
    Age 28
    After the 2000 season, the Blue Jays traded Mottola to the Florida Marlins for a player to be named later or cash.
    More Details Hide Details He played for the Marlins' Class-AAA affiliate, the Calgary Cannons of the PCL, and appeared in five games for the Marlins.
    He was named an International League All-Star outfielder in 2000, and won the International League Most Valuable Player Award.
    More Details Hide Details He was also named the Blue Jays minor league player of the year that season, and earned a promotion to the Blue Jays in September.
    With the Syracuse SkyChiefs, the Class-AAA affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays, in 2000, Mottola batted .309 in 134 games with 505 at-bats, 156 hits, 85 runs, 25 doubles, 3 triples, 33 home runs, 102 RBI, 37 walks, 30 stolen bases and 99 strikeouts.
    More Details Hide Details He led the league in home runs and also in slugging percentage, had the second highest RBI, was fourth in the league in hits and extra-base hits, and had the seventh highest batting average.
  • 1998
    Age 26
    Granted free agency after the 1998 season, Mottola signed with the Chicago White Sox for the 1999 season.
    More Details Hide Details He batted .321 with 164 hits, 32 doubles and 20 home runs for the Charlotte Knights.
    He spent most of the 1998 season with the Oklahoma City RedHawks of the Class-AAA Pacific Coast League (PCL), but suffered a broken thumb that required surgery, limiting his season.
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  • 1997
    Age 25
    After he spent the 1997 season in the minors, the Reds traded Mottola to the Texas Rangers for a player to be named later in April 1998.
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    The Reds added Deion Sanders and Rubén Sierra to their outfield competition for the 1997 season, prompting Mottola to question the Reds commitment to him.
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  • 1996
    Age 24
    He made his major league debut with the Cincinnati Reds on April 22, 1996.
    More Details Hide Details In 35 games for the Reds, Mottola batted .215 with three home runs and six RBIs. For Indianapolis, he batted .262 with 9 home runs, 47 RBIs and nine stolen bases in 102 games.
  • 1995
    Age 23
    Mottola's father, Chuck, died of a heart attack at the age of 50 in October 1995.
    More Details Hide Details His mother, Elaine, works as an administrative assistant at St. Bernadette's School in Davie, Florida. Mottola met his wife, Emily, at UCF. She played for the school's volleyball team. They had their first son, Luke, in 2005.
    Though he was considered a top prospect, the Reds held him out of winter league baseball during the 1995–96 offseason.
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    Mottola started the 1995 season with the Chattanooga Lookouts of the Class-AA Southern League, receiving a promotion to the Class-AAA Indianapolis Indians of the International League that season.
    More Details Hide Details Despite his minor league success, Mottola's path to the Reds was blocked by outfielders Reggie Sanders, Curtis Goodwin, Eric Davis, Vince Coleman, Mike Kelly, Steve Gibraltar and Eric Anthony, all of whom the Reds had in spring training that season. General Manager Jim Bowden commented that Mottola needed more minor league seasoning before he would be promoted to the Reds.
  • 1994
    Age 22
    Prior to the 1994 season, Baseball America rated Mottola as the 43rd best prospect in baseball.
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  • 1993
    Age 21
    He was named a Carolina League All-Star outfielder after the 1993 season.
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    Playing a full season for the first time in 1993, he batted .280 for the Winston-Salem Spirits with 21 home runs and led the Class-A Advanced Carolina League with 91 RBIs.
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    Baseball America rated Mottola as the 71st best prospect in baseball before the 1993 season.
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  • 1992
    Age 20
    He signed with the Reds the day of the draft, receiving a signing bonus of $400,000, as he attended the United States national baseball team tryouts for the 1992 Summer Olympics, and did not want to have his contract status on his mind during the tryouts.
    More Details Hide Details He was the first UCF athlete to be selected in the first round of an MLB draft. In his first professional season, Mottola led the Billings Mustangs to the Pioneer League championship, batting .286 with 12 home runs and 37 runs batted in (RBIs).
    The Cincinnati Reds drafted Mottola in the first round of the 1992 Major League Baseball draft with the fifth overall selection, one selection ahead of Derek Jeter.
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    Mottola is an alumnus of the University of Central Florida (UCF), where he played college baseball for the UCF Knights baseball team. A highly regarded prospect, Mottola was selected by the Cincinnati Reds with the fifth overall selection of the 1992 MLB draft.
    More Details Hide Details Mottola played in minor league baseball for different organizations, receiving major league playing time with the Cincinnati Reds in 1996, the Toronto Blue Jays in 2000 and 2006, the Florida Marlins in 2001 and the Baltimore Orioles in 2004. As he received less playing time in 2007, he began to mentor younger teammates, which helped him transition into a coaching career.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1991
    Age 19
    As a sophomore, Mottola was named the American South Conference's Player of the Week on April 3, 1991, after batting .542 with one home run and eight RBIs in six games.
    More Details Hide Details During the season, he batted .343 with nine home runs and 54 RBIs. During the college offseason, he played collegiate summer baseball in the Cape Cod Baseball League. In his junior season, he batted .345 with 14 home runs, tying the UCF single-season record. Professional scouts considered him a first round prospect, due to his intelligence, size, ability to hit for power, his strong throwing arm, running speed, instincts and polish.
  • 1989
    Age 17
    Out of high school, the Baltimore Orioles selected Mottola in the tenth round of the 1989 Major League Baseball draft, with the 243rd overall selection.
    More Details Hide Details Mottola did not sign with the Orioles, opting to pursue a college baseball career. Mottola then enrolled at the University of Central Florida (UCF), which he chose to attend over the University of New Orleans, as it was closer to his home. At UCF, he played for the UCF Knights baseball team in NCAA Division I. As a freshman, he hit .321 in 57 games, but did not hit a home run. He gained for his sophomore season.
    Mottola attended St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, graduating in 1989.
    More Details Hide Details After leading all Broward County high school players in batting average (.573), home runs (14) and runs batted in (RBIs) (48) as a senior, Mottola was named to Florida's Class 3A All-State first team.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1971
    Born
    Born on October 15, 1971.
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