Raul A. Mondesi made history in the World Series with the Royals

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Former Dodgers outfielder Raul Mondesi’s son became the first player in MLB history to debut in the World Series Friday night against the New York Mets.

Leading off the fifth inning as a pinch hitter, Mondesi, 20, appeared in the 9-3 loss against the Mets during Game 3 of the World Series. The player struck out on a 97 mph fastball from starter Noah Syndergaard.

“It feels good,” Mondesi said, “I got a chance to get an at-bat and tried to do the best. I don’t care that it was a strikeout. I’m happy. And tomorrow [I’ll] just come here and try to help the team.”

During the fifth, Luke Hochevar pitched for the Royals, who still lead the series 2-1.

Mondesi replaced outfielder Terrance Gore, and became the youngest American League player to appear in a World Series game since Claudell Washington in 1974. Andrew Jones, also made history when he played in the 1996 World Series as a teenager with the Atlanta Braves.

Mondesi hit .243 with a .651 OPS in 81 games for Double-A Northwest Arkansas this season, and stole 19 bases in 25 attempts.

According to Royals manager Ned Yost, they decided to include Mondesi to the roster for flexibility reasons. Mondesi is able to play second base and shortstop, plus he can bunt.

“The coaches were on the idea before I was,” Yost explained “We had to sit and discuss it for a long time, and finally, when I told Raul yesterday that he was going to be on the roster, he just looked at me and said, ‘I’m ready.’ That turned the page for me.”

His Father, Raul Mondesi spent 13 seasons in the majors with the Dodgers, Toronto Blue Jays, New York Yankees and four other clubs. He played in 1,525 regular-season games, made 6,369 regular-season plate appearances and tacked on 38 postseason plate appearances in 10 playoff games.

According to Mondesi, he talked to his father, who’s in the Dominica Republic. “He said something like, ‘Be prepared. You’re going to have a chance to be in the World Series. I’ve never been in the World Series,'” Mondesi said, “He was laughing like that. It was incredible. And tonight, I got a chance to get an at-bat in the World Series.”

 

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