MIAMI – The Giants distributed one more 2012 World Series ring on Saturday, when former right-hander Guillermo Mota visited the team at Marlins Park.
And no, Mota hasn’t given up on winning another. The 40-year-old pitcher said he still thinks he has two good years left in him, and he’ll pitch for Licey in the Dominican winter league while trying to attract interest.
“I told Bochy, `I got two innings for you today,’” said Mota, who distinguished himself for his ability to soak up middle relief innings as well as how he used to stroll into the spring training clubhouse five minutes before the team took the field.
Of course, Mota also is remembered for getting popped on a 100-game suspension when he tested positive for a banned stimulant – his second flunked test for a performance-enhancing drug. Major League Baseball investigated him and believed his story that he accidentally took the stimulant when he used some of his child’s prescription cough syrup.
It’s almost comical, but Mota’s suspension ended up being a lot longer than what Ryan Braun (65 games) will end up serving after all of his lies and denials.
Still, Mota said the mixup was nobody’s fault but his own. And he hopes to get another chance.
The right-hander, who lives in the Miami area, said he wouldn’t mind pitching for the Giants again. He had an offer to join the Baltimore Orioles on a minor league contract this spring, but didn’t want to spend a minimum of 45 days at Triple-A.
“Look at (LaTroy) Hawkins,” said Mota, laughing. “He’s older than me and he’s still pitching. We're the same. We look the same.”
Mota always was popular among his teammates, and not just the Latino players, for the way he always kept everybody loose. He joked that he saw Andres Torres in a tight, flashy red shirt at the mall over the weekend and couldn’t believe what he was wearing.
That World Series ring turned out to be pretty flashy, too.
“Wow,” he said, showing it off. “This time, they went crazy.”