Mendoza Line

or Men·do·za line

[ men-doh-zuh-lahyn ]

  1. 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.

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

Words Nearby Mendoza Line Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023