The speedy Puerto Rican was the Expos' everyday centerfielder in 1975 and hit only
.245, but he walked 74 times, scored 84 runs, and stole 33 bases. He tied a ML record
on August 11 when he struck out five times in a nine-inning game. Mangual was hitting
better in 1976 (.260) when he was traded to the Mets, but he lost his stroke in New
York (.186 the rest of the way) and was out of the majors after one more year. It
was while Mangual was with New York that Mets-beat writer Jack Lang said of him,
"Pepe Mangual can drop anything he gets his hands on." His older brother was Angel
Mangual of the A's.
»June 6, 1976: Playing the OF, Expo Gary Carter breaks his thumb in a collision with Pepe Mangual during a 14–8 loss to the Braves, sidelining him for 40 games. The Expos will decide that Carter might be safer behind the plate.