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Yadier Molina | Catcher

Team: St Louis Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (31) / 7/13/1982
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 220
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Yadier Molina went 1-for-3 with three runs scored in a win over the Brewers on Tuesday.
Molina benefited from a hit by pitch, single and a fielder's choice, as he came around all three times he ran the bases Tuesday. Not the fleetest of foot, the catcher has now scored 10 runs in his 13 games played thus far. It helps that he's hitting .340 to start the year, too. Apr 15 - 11:04 PM

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Yadier Molina is not in the Cardinals' starting lineup Monday night against the Brewers.

It's just a routine day of maintenance for Molina, who plays more than any other catcher in the major leagues. Tony Cruz will get his first start of the year.
Apr 14 - 3:21 PM

Yadier Molina went 3-for-5 with his third home run of the season in the Cardinals' 7-5 win over the Reds on Tuesday.

Molina got the Cardinals on the board with a solo homer in the bottom of the second inning, his third home run in eight games. He also scored the team's last run, doubling and scoring on Peter Bourjos' seventh inning single. Once an offensive afterthought, the catcher leads the team in home runs and RBI through the first handful of games.
Apr 9 - 12:30 AM

Yadier Molina went 2-for-4 with a home run as the Cardinals bested the Pirates 6-1 on Saturday.

Molina singled to shallow right field in the Cardinals' three-run first inning and then cranked a solo blast to left field in the sixth. He also guided Cards starter Joe Kelly through 5 1/3 shaky but effective innings of one-run ball. Molina has an .836 OPS and two home runs in five games on the young season.
Apr 5 - 10:20 PM

Yadier Molina singled and launched a solo homer for the Cardinals' lone run in Monday's win over the Reds.

Molina jumped on Johnny Cueto's first pitch of their confrontation in the seventh inning and sent a high drive to left that found the seats. The catcher hitting at Great American Ball Park is nothing new, as he entered the game with a career .329/.363/.513 batting line there. Molina is looking to improve on last year's home run total of 12 and is off to a nice start.
Mar 31 - 7:39 PM

Yadier Molina drove in all three Cardinals runs in a victory over the Nationals on Wednesday.

Molina doubled his RBI count from three to six. The Cardinals' No. 5 hitter is batting .333 in 42 at-bats.
Mar 26 - 4:18 PM

Yadier Molina will start behind the plate Wednesday for the first time this spring.

The Cardinals have used Molina at designated hitter so far this spring in order to reduce his workload. The 31-year-old has played at least 131 games behind the plate in each of the last five seasons.
Source: MLBlogs.com
Mar 5 - 8:36 AM

The Cardinals plan to reduce Yadier Molina's workload this spring by pushing back his Grapefruit League debut in comparison to some of the team's other veterans.

Molina is healthy, but the Cardinals want to give him a break now in preparation for the long season ahead. "We’ll probably go a little slow getting him started," said Cardinals manager Mike Matheny. "We’ve got a long way to go and he looks good. When we start talking about trying to conserve we could do that from the start, do that at the beginning."
Feb 25 - 9:39 AM

MLB's players and owners have agreed on a new rule that bans intentional home-plate collisions.

Under the new rule, tweets FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, a baserunner may not deviate from the direct pathway to home plate to initiate contact with a catcher or another player covering home plate. If the runner is in violation of that, he is called out. Also, catchers now have to allow a clear pathway. They're smart changes that immediately make the game a little more safe. Rule 7.13 will be enacted on an experimental basis for the 2014 season.
Feb 24 - 2:24 PM

Yadier Molina has been named the 2013 National League Gold Glove winner at catcher.

It's the sixth straight win for Molina, who remains the best in the game at the position. Only Ivan Rodriguez, Johnny Bench and Bob Boone have more career Gold Gloves at catcher. He beat out the Pirates' Russell Martin and the Dodgers' A.J. Ellis.
Tue, Oct 29, 2013 08:55:00 PM

Yadier Molina, Russell Martin and A.J. Ellis have been named as finalists for the National League Gold Glove at catcher.

Martin had a fantastic year behind the plate for the Pirates, but it would be a shock if he was able to keep Molina from winning a sixth straight Gold Glove. The last time Yadi didn't win was 2007, when Martin took home the trophy. The winner will be announced next week.
Fri, Oct 25, 2013 10:49:00 AM

Yadier Molina is batting cleanup on Saturday against the Dodgers in Game 2 of the NLCS.

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny made a few minor tweaks to a lineup squaring off against Los Angeles southpaw Clayton Kershaw. David Freese is in the No. 5 hole and both Matt Adams (batting sixth) and Jon Jay (seventh) slid down order.
Sat, Oct 12, 2013 03:12:00 PM

Yadier Molina belted a solo homer in Friday's loss to the Pirates.

Molina launched an opposite-field shot deep into the right field bleachers in the fifth inning, but that only made it 5-1 and the Cardinals never got closer. St. Louis put up only four hits on the afternoon, with Matt Adams having a pair and Carlos Beltran tallying the other.
Fri, Oct 4, 2013 04:28:00 PM

Yadier Molina went 2-for-3 with three RBI and a run scored Friday in a win over the Cubs.

Molina had a two-run double in the bottom of the first inning and later drove in a run with a fielder's choice in the fourth. The 31-year-old backstop now has 43 doubles on the year, which is the most by a catcher in MLB since Ivan Rodriguez amassed 45 of them in 1996. Pittsburgh's Andrew McCutchen is probably the favorite, but Molina should get plenty of votes of the NL MVP Award.
Fri, Sep 27, 2013 11:25:00 PM

Yadier Molina is starting at first base in the Cardinals' series finale Thursday versus the Rockies.

Tony Cruz will play catcher. Allen Craig is still out with a foot sprain and Matt Adams left Wednesday's game with elbow soreness, so the Cardinals are scrambling at first base. Brock Peterson could get some looks.
Thu, Sep 19, 2013 12:01:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yadier Molina
2Tony Cruz
1B1Matt Adams
2B1Kolten Wong
2Mark Ellis
3Daniel Descalso
SS1Jhonny Peralta
2Pete Kozma
3B1Matt Carpenter
LF1Matt Holliday
CF1Peter Bourjos
2Jon Jay
3Shane Robinson
RF1Allen Craig
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Adam Wainwright
2Michael Wacha
3Shelby Miller
4Lance Lynn
5Joe Kelly
6Jaime Garcia
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Trevor Rosenthal
2Carlos Martinez
3Jason Motte
4Kevin Siegrist
5Randy Choate
6Seth Maness
7Pat Neshek
8Keith Butler