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Today In Brewer History: Happy Birthday, Guillermo Mota


On this day in 1973 Guillermo Mota was born in San Pedro de Macoris in the Dominican Republic. He was 17 when the Mets signed him as an international free agent in 1990 but had moved on to the Expos organization by the time he made his major league debut as a 25-year-old in 1999.

Mota had already been an Expo, Dodger, Marlin, Indian and Met again when the Brewers acquired him in a trade that sent catcher Johnny Estrada to New York, where he was immediately non-tendered. Mota appeared in 58 games for the first Brewer team to reach the postseason in 26 years, posting a 4.11 ERA and striking out 7.9 batters per inning while walking 4.4.

After the season the Brewers let Mota leave as a free agent and he signed on for his second tour of duty with the Dodgers. He's still in baseball, having appeared in nine games for the Giants this season.

Mota turns 39 today. With help from the B-Ref Play Index, we'd also like to wish a happy birthday to 2004 Brewer Travis Phelps. He turns 35.

Today is also the 13th and eighth anniversaries of Robin Yount and Paul Molitor's Hall of Fame inductions, respectively. We covered those events in this space last year.