Tori Foster, Sports Editor
YADI MOLINA!!!! Many Cardinals fans chant as the 37-year-old catcher hits the baseball into the outfield.
Yadier Benjamin Molina has been in the hearts of Cardinals fan since 2004. Molina was born in Bayamon, Puerto Rico on July 13, 1982 but was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the fourth round of the 2000 MLB June Amateur Draft from Ladislao Martinez High School in Vega Alta, Puerto Rico.
His first debut was on June 3, 2004 against the Pittsburgh Pirates. He had four at bats and two hits allowed. By the end of the season Molina exceeded rookie limits.
Over the past the past 15 years, Molina’s career average is WAR 40.1, AB 6,951, H 1958, HR 156, BA .282, R 700, and RBI 915.
He has batted in 20 post season series, meaning one wild card game, eight National League Division Series, seven National League Championship Series, and four World Series.
From 2008 to 2018, he has won nine All Stars, nine Gold Gloves, four Platinum Gloves, two World Series, and a Silver Slugger.
The backstop reached double-digit homers for the sixth time in his career with this fifth-inning two-run blast off Alex Young. Molina has been hot lately, with two long balls and three multi-hit efforts over his last four games. Somehow the 37-year-old can still average a spectacular .270/.308/.403 slash line across 109 games.
Unfortunately, Molina is not a baseball Hall of Famer. Jerry Crasnick, an American sportswriter and baseball executive, explained Molina’s current numbers just don’t seem to be quite there in comparison to other Hall of Famers.
Molina current contract with the Cardinals is for three years from 2018-20. Each year is $60 million. He would be a free agent in 2021.
We all know the Cardinals going to pay the money to keep Molina. He is a true St. Louis native.