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Chad Mottola

Chad Mottola
Born: (1971-10-15) October 15, 1971
Augusta, Georgia
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 22, 1996, for the Cincinnati Reds
Last MLB appearance
July 26, 2006, for the Toronto Blue Jays
MLB statistics
Batting average .200
Home runs 4
Runs batted in 12

Charles Edward "Chad" Mottola (born October 15, 1971) is an American retired professional baseball player who played five seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) as an outfielder. Considered a journeyman,[1] Mottola played professionally from 1992 through 2007, appearing in 59 MLB games and 1,801 minor league games. He was the hitting coach for the Toronto Blue Jays during the 2013 season, but his contract was not renewed for 2014.

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.

Mottola played in 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.


  • Career 1
    • Amateur career 1.1
    • Professional career 1.2
    • Transition to coaching 1.3
  • Personal 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


Amateur career

Mottola attended St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, graduating in 1989.[2] 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.[3] 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. Mottola did not sign with the Orioles, opting to pursue a college baseball career.[2]

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.[4] At UCF, he played for the UCF Knights baseball team in NCAA's Division I. As a freshman, he hit .321 in 57 games, but did not hit a home run.[4] He gained 30 pounds (14 kg) for his sophomore season.[4] 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.[5] 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.[4]

In his junior season, he batted .345 with 14 home runs, tying the UCF single-season record.[6] 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.[4]

Professional career

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. He signed with the Reds the day of the draft, receiving a signing bonus of $400,000,[7] as he attended the United States national baseball team tryouts for the 1992 Summer Olympics,[6] and did not want to have his contract status on his mind during the tryouts.[8] He was the first UCF athlete to be selected in the first round of an MLB draft.[9]

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).[10] Baseball America rated Mottola as the 71st best prospect in baseball before the 1993 season.[11] 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.[10] He was named a Carolina League All-Star outfielder after the 1993 season. Prior to the 1994 season, Baseball America rated Mottola as the 43rd best prospect in baseball.[11]

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. 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.[12] General Manager Jim Bowden commented that Mottola needed more minor league seasoning before he would be promoted to the Reds.[12] He made his major league debut with the Cincinnati Reds on April 22, 1996. In 35 games for the Reds,[7] Mottola batted .215 with three home runs and six RBIs.[9] For Indianapolis, he batted .262 with 9 home runs, 47 RBIs and nine stolen bases in 102 games.[10]

Though he was considered a top prospect, the Reds held him out of winter league baseball during the 1995–96 offseason.[12] 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.[9][10] 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.[9] 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.[9]

Granted free agency after the 1998 season, Mottola signed with the Chicago White Sox for the 1999 season.[13] He batted .321 with 164 hits, 32 doubles and 20 home runs for the Charlotte Knights.[14] 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. 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. He was named an International League All-Star outfielder in 2000, and won the International League Most Valuable Player Award.[2] 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.[2][15]

After the 2000 season, the Blue Jays traded Mottola to the

  • Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)

External links

  1. ^ a b Gonser, Ed (July 19, 2007). "On Board with Chad Mottola".  
  2. ^ a b c d Gardner, Michelle (September 12, 2000). "Chad Mottola/ St. Thomas '89 Success Comes Late To Nine-Year 'Veteran' of Minors".   (subscription required)
  3. ^ "Mottola Named To 3A All-State".   (subscription required)
  4. ^ a b c d e White, Russ (April 22, 1992). "Scouts Put Mottola High On List". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved May 10, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Florida 8, Liu 4".  
  6. ^ a b Cooper, Barry (May 6, 1992). "Ucf Star May Be Olympian: Mottola Will Join 39 At Baseball Trials". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved May 10, 2012. 
  7. ^ a b c d e Kepner, Tyler (June 5, 2010). "Five Players Who Outranked Jeter, if Only Briefly".  
  8. ^ O'Brien, David (June 6, 1992). "Mottola Signs With Reds For Reported $500,000". Sun Sentinel. Retrieved April 28, 2012. 
  9. ^ a b c d e Russo, Ric (June 10, 1999). "Mottola Gets It Back In Charlotte: Outfielder Chad Mottola, One Of The Best Players Ucf Ever Produced, Has Resurrected His Career". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved April 28, 2012. 
  10. ^ a b c d Kauffman, Scott (March 16, 1997). "Mottola Doesn't See A Fair Shake From Reds: Former Ucf Outfielder Chad Mottola Says He's Ready For The Majors, But The Signings Of Veterans Block His Path". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved April 28, 2012. 
  11. ^ a b "All-Time Top 100 Prospects". Baseball America. Retrieved April 23, 2012. 
  12. ^ a b c d e Edes, Gordon (March 15, 1996). "He's Loved But Not Needed". Sun Sentinel. Retrieved April 28, 2012. 
  13. ^ a b O'Brien, David (January 17, 2001). "Mottola's Odyssey Swings Back To South Florida". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved April 28, 2012. 
  14. ^ Wells, Sean (June 2, 2004). "Minor League Spotlight - Chad Mottola". Orlando Sentinel. p. J.4. Retrieved April 28, 2012.  (subscription required)
  15. ^ "Blue Jays add Chad Mottola to their roster". Associated Press. September 5, 2000. Retrieved April 28, 2012.  (subscription required)
  16. ^ McDonald, Joe (June 20, 2003). "Mottola wreaks more havoc on his ex-teammates". The Providence Journal. p. D.05. Retrieved April 28, 2012.  (subscription required)
  17. ^ "Chiefs take three out of four from Bisons". July 31, 2007. Retrieved September 8, 2012. 
  18. ^ "Blue Jays round out minor-league staff".  
  19. ^ "Jays' round out coaching staff, add Hale from Orioles". November 26, 2012. Retrieved November 26, 2012. 
  20. ^ "Jays coaches Chad Mottola, Murphy won't return in 2014". October 7, 2013. Retrieved October 7, 2013. 
  21. ^ Davidi, Shi (November 13, 2013). "Blue Jays expected to be active on trade front". Sportsnet. Retrieved November 13, 2013. 


Mottola met his wife, Emily, at UCF. She played for the school's volleyball team. They had their first son, Luke, in 2005.[1]

Mottola was born in Pembroke Pines, Florida.[12] When Mottola signed with the Reds in 1992, he bought his parents a house.[7] Mottola's father, Chuck, died of a heart attack at the age of 50 in October 1995. His mother, Elaine, works as an administrative assistant at St. Bernadette's School in Davie, Florida.[12]


In November 2013, Mottola was hired by the Tampa Bay Rays as their minor-league hitting co-ordinator.[21]

On November 24, 2012, Mottola was promoted to be the Toronto Blue Jays hitting coach for the 2013 season.[19] On October 7, 2013, the Blue Jays announced that Mottola would not be returning for the 2014 season.[20]

Mottola retired after the 2007 season. 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.[7] 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. On October 6, 2008, Mottola was announced as the Blue Jays roving minor league hitting instructor for the 2009 season.[18] From 2010 to 2012, he was the hitting coach for the Las Vegas 51s, Toronto's Triple-A affiliate at the time.[7]

Transition to coaching


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