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Mendoza Line

or Men·do·za line

[ men-doh-zuh-lahyn ]
/ mɛnˈdoʊ zə ˌlaɪn /
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noun Baseball.

an unimpressive and disappointing batting average of .200: If you’re gonna keep hitting below the Mendoza Line, you’d better learn how to pitch or find another career.

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Origin of Mendoza Line

First recorded in 1975–80; named after Mario Mendoza Aizpuru (born 1950), Mexican baseball shortstop whose batting average was consistently around .200
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