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Mendoza Line

Definition

The "Mendoza Line" is a .200 batting average.

Origin

The Mendoza Line was a term coined by a teammate of Mario Mendoza on the 1979 Mariners -- usually credited to Tom Paciorek or Bruce Bochte -- as a joke on the light-hitting shortstop, who typically carried an average around .200 (though he actually finished with a career mark of .215).