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Yadier Molina | Catcher | #4

Team: St Louis Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (35) / 7/13/1982
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 205
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2000 / Rd. 4 (0) / STL
Contract: view contract details

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Yadier Molina went 4-for-4 with two homers and a double to lead the Cardinals past the Marlins 4-2 on Friday.
The double just missed being a homer. It's a very rare spring power outburst from Molina; he hadn't had more than one homer in any of the last 13 Grapefruit League seasons (that's as far back as's spring stats go). Since 2006, he had totaled four homers in 525 spring at-bats. Mar 16 - 4:12 PM

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Yadier Molina said Monday that he plans to retire after his contract runs out following the 2020 season.

The three-year, $60 million contract extension Molina signed just before Opening Day last season begins this year. He will be 38 when that deal runs out, so it's not a surprise that he plans to hang up his cleats at that point. Molina has remained a workhorse behind the plate even in his mid-30s and is coming off a solid offensive season that saw him bat .273/.312/.439 with 18 homers and 82 RBI. Carson Kelly will be Yadi's backup this season and the Cardinals could steadily increase his playing time during the course of Molina's deal.
Jan 15 - 4:24 PM

Yadier Molina (concussion) will not play again this season.

With the Cardinals officially eliminated from the playoff hunt Thursday, there's no reason for Molina to play again this season following a concussion on Monday. Carson Kelly is handling the catching duties.
Fri, Sep 29, 2017 04:41:00 PM

Yadier Molina (concussion) remains out of the Cardinals' lineup on Thursday.

Molina said Tuesday that he was hoping to return as early as Thursday night's series finale against the rival Cubs, but that always seemed over-aggressive. The veteran catcher was removed from Monday's series opener against Chicago after taking consecutive foul tips to the head and could be done for the year. Carson Kelly is starting at catcher and batting eighth Thursday versus Cubs right-hander Kyle Hendricks.
Thu, Sep 28, 2017 03:33:00 PM

Yadier Molina (concussion) said he's hoping to play again this season, possibly as early as Thursday.

Molina was pulled from Monday's series opener against the Cubs after taking consecutive foul tips off his mask and he vomited as he walked off the field, but he told reporters Tuesday that the nausea has already passed. It'd probably be wise for the Cardinals to simply shut him down, but they have not been mathematically eliminated from the postseason quite yet. Carson Kelly is starting behind the plate for St. Louis on Tuesday versus Chicago.
Tue, Sep 26, 2017 05:32:00 PM

Yadier Molina (head) is out of the Cardinals' lineup Tuesday versus the Cubs.

Molina was removed from Monday's series opener after taking consecutive foul tips off his mask in the top of the seventh inning. He did not look to be in very good shape as he slowly made his way off the field and the veteran catcher could very well be done for the remainder of the 2017 regular season. Carson Kelly is starting behind the plate and batting eighth Tuesday night against Chicago.
Tue, Sep 26, 2017 03:47:00 PM

Yadier Molina was lifted from Monday's game against the Cubs after taking consecutive foul tips off his mask in the seventh inning.

Molina looked dazed after the first foul tip but eventually gathered himself, only to be nailed again with another foul ball. To make matters worse, he vomited on the field as he walked off with the Cardinals' trainer. Molina was able to head into the clubhouse under his own power, but he'll be put through concussion protocol.
Mon, Sep 25, 2017 10:28:00 PM

Yadier Molina is not in the Cardinals' lineup Sunday.

It could be Molina's final day off of the season as the Cards make their playoff push. Carson Kelly will catch John Gant.
Sun, Sep 24, 2017 10:41:00 AM

Yadier Molina clubbed a three-run home run Tuesday in Cincinnati.

Molina's blast off of Jackson Stephens in the fourth inning knotted things up after the Cardinals had fallen behind 4-0. With 18 bombs on the season, Yadi has now hit just one fewer home run than he had in the previous three seasons combined.
Tue, Sep 19, 2017 11:08:00 PM

Yadier Molina reached base three times and drove in three runs in Tuesday's win over the Reds.

Molina got the scoring going for the Cardinals in the bottom of the first inning with a two-RBI double, and he plated another run in the sixth with a single. He's already driven in 15 runs in September, and his 75 RBI for the season are the most by a catcher (10 of Gary Sanchez's RBI have come when he was the first baseman or designated hitter).
Tue, Sep 12, 2017 11:44:00 PM

Yadier Molina finished 2-for-5 with a homer and five RBI as the Cardinals topped the Pirates on Sunday.

Molina opened the game's scoring with an RBI single in the bottom of the first inning before adding a three-run homer off Pirates starter Ivan Nova in the bottom of the third and a run-scoring sac fly in the seventh. It's been a productive age-35 season for the veteran catcher, who's slashing .280/.316/.445 with 17 home runs and 72 RBI in 124 games played.
Sun, Sep 10, 2017 05:01:00 PM

Yadier Molina went 2-for-4 and clubbed a two-run homer in a win over the Pirates on Saturday.

His dinger off starter Chad Kuhl tied the score in the second inning. The aging catcher can still help his fantasy owners. He has a .277 batting average with 16 home runs and 67 RBI in 123 games. His eight stolen bases are the most he's had since 2012.
Sat, Sep 9, 2017 11:36:00 PM

Yadier Molina (abdomen) is back in the Cardinals' starting lineup on Wednesday.

Molina was a late scratch Tuesday after feeling some discomfort in his abdomen, but it was clearly nothing serious. He'll catch Carlos Martinez and bat fifth in the Cardinals' afternoon tilt against the Brewers.
Wed, Aug 30, 2017 10:38:00 AM

Yadier Molina is out of the Cardinals' lineup Tuesday due to an abdominal injury.

The severity of the injury is unclear at this time. Carson Kelly will catch young starter Luke Weaver and bat eighth versus Brewers right-hander Matt Garza.
Tue, Aug 29, 2017 07:30:00 PM

Yadier Molina was scratched from the Cardinals' lineup Tuesday versus the Brewers.

No word yet on the reason for his sudden absence. Carson Kelly will catch young starter Luke Weaver in the series opener at Milwaukee's Miller Park.
Tue, Aug 29, 2017 06:25:00 PM

Depth Charts

C1Yadier Molina
2Carson Kelly
3Francisco Pena
4Steven Baron
1B1Matt Carpenter
2Jose Martinez
3Luke Voit
2B1Kolten Wong
2Greg Garcia
3Breyvic Valera
SS1Paul DeJong
3B1Jedd Gyorko
LF1Marcell Ozuna
CF1Tommy Pham
2Harrison Bader
3Oscar Mercado
RF1Dexter Fowler
Starting Pitcher
S1Carlos Martinez
2Adam Wainwright
3Michael Wacha
4Miles Mikolas
5Luke Weaver
6Jack Flaherty
7Alex Reyes
8John Gant
Relief Pitcher
R1Luke Gregerson
2Dominic Leone
3Tyler Lyons
4John Brebbia
5Matt Bowman
6Brett Cecil
7Bud Norris
8Ryan Sherriff
9Sam Tuivailala
10Joshua Lucas
11Preston Guilmet