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Yadier Molina | Catcher | #4

Team: St Louis Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (34) / 7/13/1982
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 205
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2000 / Rd. 4 (0) / STL
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Yadier Molina has committed to play for his native Puerto Rico at the upcoming World Baseball Classic.
He'll join an exciting group which is expected to include the likes of Carlos Correa, Francisco Lindor, and Javier Baez. Molina, 34, is coming off a bounceback season in which he batted .307/.360/.427 with eight homers and 58 RBI over 147 games. 2017 is the final guaranteed year of his contract, which includes a $15 million mutual option for 2018. Molina's agent, Melvin Roman, said things are "quiet for now" regarding any extension talks, but that veteran backstop wants to finish his career in St. Louis. Nov 29 - 10:15 AM

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Yadier Molina hit a walk-off double -- depending on who you ask -- to give the Cardinals a 4-3 win over the Reds on Thursday.

With a runner on first and two outs in the ninth, Molina pulled a Blake Wood pitch down the left field line that one-hopped the wall. There's little question it should have been ruled a ground-rule double, but Matt Carpenter never stopped running and slid into home with no objection from the umpires. The Reds tried to protest too late and to little avail, and it will be interesting to see if something is or can be done to change to ruling after the fact. As it stands, Molina pulled the Cardinals to two games back of the Mets for the first spot in the Wild Card race. The 34-year-old finished 2-for-5, also hitting his eighth home run of the season, with two RBI in Thursday's contest.
Sep 30 - 12:15 AM

Yadier Molina went 3-for-4 and drove home four runs on Saturday as the Cardinals smashed the Cubs 10-4.

Molina got the scoring started with a two-run double in the first inning, then added on to the rout with a two-run single in the seventh. He has had a nice bounceback season offensively, slashing .300/.354/.413 with seven homers and 53 RBI.
Sep 24 - 4:51 PM

Yadier Molina is getting the day off Wednesday.

Carson Kelly will catch fellow rookie Luke Weaver in the afternoon series finale at Coors Field. Molina went 2-for-5 in Tuesday night's blowout win over the Rockies and is slashing .348/.384/.502 since the All-Star break.
Sep 21 - 12:09 PM

Yadier Molina is not in the Cardinals' lineup Sunday.

It's a rare day off for Yadi. Carson Kelly is making his first big league start behind the plate.
Sep 11 - 11:34 AM

Yadier Molina had a monster night at the plate Tuesday, ripping a grand slam as part of a four-hit effort in a win over the Pirates.

Yadi gave the Cardinals an early 4-0 lead in the first inning on a drive that got over the Clemente Wall in right field. He also had a couple doubles and a single. The Cards completed a ninth inning comeback with home runs from Matt Carpenter, Randal Grichuk and Jhonny Peralta. Molina is on pace for a career-high in innings caught this season, but he certainly doesn't seem to be wearing down with a .364 average and five of his seven dingers so far in the second half.
Sep 6 - 11:56 PM

Yadier Molina is not in the Cardinals starting lineup on Saturday.

The veteran backstop is getting a routine day off against Dan Straily and the Reds. Alberto Rosario will start behind the plate and bat eighth for the Cardinals on Saturday.
Sep 3 - 1:05 PM

Yadier Molina slugged one of two solo homers for the Cardinals on Friday in a loss to the Brewers.

Randal Grichuk also went deep. Molina has now homered in back-to-back games. That brings his total to six home runs for the year. While the power hasn’t been there, the 34-year-old has been swinging the bat well during the second half. He’s batting .347 over his last 39 games.
Sep 2 - 11:03 PM

Yadier Molina had two of the Cardinals' three hits and homered for the team's lone run Wednesday against the Brewers.

Molina should be wearing down under the heavy workload he's undertaken. Instead, he's hitting .349 with three homers since the All-Star break after hitting just .259 with two homers during the first half. He's one of just 12 different catchers to post a 30-double season after turning 33. Technically, this is his age-33 season, though he turned 34 in July.
Aug 31 - 11:02 PM

Yadier Molina is absent from the Cardinals' lineup Sunday.

It's a rare day off for the catcher. Alberto Rosario is filling in behind the plate.
Aug 28 - 12:32 PM

Yadier Molina finished 3-for-5 with an RBI double in a loss to the Mets on Tuesday.

The multi-hit game was Molina's fifth in his last 10 contests. He hasn't displayed the power he once did, swatting just four homers to date, but the 34-year-old owns a respectable .284/.345/.387 line with 39 RBI and 40 runs scored on the year.
Aug 24 - 12:55 AM

Yadier Molina (hand) is back in the Cardinals' lineup Sunday.

Molina was lifted from Saturday's game with a bruised right hand, but he's fine. He's catching and batting seventh against Michael Foltynewicz and the Braves.
Aug 7 - 11:55 AM

Yadier Molina left Saturday's game against the Braves with a bruised right hand.

It's unclear when he suffered the injury. Molina went 1-for-3 with a double before coming out in the eighth inning. Alberto Rosario replaced him behind the plate. Molina has had a tough year for the Cards, hitting just .273 with three homers and 31 RBI. He's day-to-day.
Aug 6 - 10:44 PM

Yadier Molina is getting a day off Thursday.

Molina has actually come alive offensively since the All-Star break, but MLB's most active catcher still needs a breather here and there. Alberto Rosario will catch Mike Leake and bat eighth against the Reds.
Aug 4 - 12:10 PM

Yadier Molina is absent from the Cardinals' lineup Sunday.

It's a rare breather for Molina. Alberto Rosario is at catcher. The Cards also have Matt Holliday at first base Sunday, as Randal Grichuk is in left field, Tommy Pham is in center and Matt Adams is on the bench.

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yadier Molina
2Carson Kelly
3Alberto Rosario
1B1Matt Carpenter
2Matt Adams
3Chad Huffman
2B1Kolten Wong
2Jedd Gyorko
3Breyvic Valera
4Eliezer Alvarez
SS1Aledmys Diaz
2Edmundo Sosa
3Wilfredo Tovar
3B1Jhonny Peralta
2Greg Garcia
LF1Tommy Pham
2Jose Martinez
3Todd Cunningham
CF1Randal Grichuk
2Magneuris Sierra
RF1Stephen Piscotty
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Carlos Martinez
2Adam Wainwright
3Lance Lynn
4Mike Leake
5Alex Reyes
6Michael Wacha
7Luke Weaver
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Seung Hwan Oh
2Kevin Siegrist
3Trevor Rosenthal
4Matt Bowman
5Tyler Lyons
6Jonathan Broxton
7Miguel Socolovich
8Sam Tuivailala
9Mike Mayers
10John Gant
11Rowan Wick
12Zach Duke
13Zach Phillips