51 Facts About Yadier Molina

1. Yadier Molina was named the 2018 Roberto Clemente Award winner for his efforts on October 24, 2018.

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2. Yadier Molina married his wife Wanda Torres in 2007 and the couple have three children.

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3. Yadier Molina pushed to shed the light-hitter label he had in common with his brothers.

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4. Yadier Molina ranked second all-time among catchers at the end of the 2014 season on Baseball-Reference.

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5. Yadier Molina made a strong case to be named Most Valuable Player of the entire tournament, batting.

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6. Instead of throwing and risking an error, Yadier Molina held on to the ball.

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7. Yadier Molina was voted on the All-World Baseball Classic team for the first time.

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8. Yadier Molina prepared for the Classic by playing 14 games for the winter league team in Puerto Rico Rodriguez managed.

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9. Yadier Molina was fellow defensive standout Ivan Rodriguez' understudy in 2006 and 2009 and the primary catcher for the 2013 and 2017 squads.

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10. Yadier Molina was the 2017 recipient of the Missouri Athletic Club's Sports Personality of the Year Award.

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11. Yadier Molina broke the tie with Bottomley on September 20, with his 1,728th hit, and tied his own career-high RBI total for a season with 80, reached in 2013.

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12. Yadier Molina led the team in 2017 with 134 hits and 78 RBI, and all NL catchers in both categories, entering play on that date.

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13. Yadier Molina homered, making him the oldest catcher to hit a homer in an All-Star Game, in his age-34 season, and the first Cardinal to homer in an All-Star Game since Reggie Smith in 1974.

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14. At age 33, Yadier Molina broke the Cardinals' all-time games caught record on April 8, 2016, in his 1,440th game, passing Ted Simmons.

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15. In December, it was revealed that Yadier Molina had a second surgery on his left thumb, pushing his return to late in 2016 spring training.

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16. Yadier Molina won his eighth consecutive Gold Glove Award and fourth Platinum Glove Award in 2015.

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17. In Game 2 of the NLCS against the Giants, Yadier Molina collected his 89th career hit in the postseason, passing Pujols for the franchise record.

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18. Yadier Molina stayed in the lead and won the vote as the starting catcher in the All-Star Game at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota, his sixth consecutive appearance.

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19. Yadier Molina held on, qualifying it as a third strike.

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20. Yadier Molina instantly hunched over the ball, trapping it between the thigh and rib cage.

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21. Instead of Yadier Molina being in a position to catch it cleanly with his glove, the ball hit the thigh.

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22. Yadier Molina added a single for two of the Cardinals' five hits.

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23. Yadier Molina finished fourth in the NL in batting average, second in doubles and sixth in batting average with RISP.

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24. Yadier Molina led NL catchers in stolen bases and set a Cardinals single-season record for catchers, and ranked second among NL catchers in HR and third in RBI and batting average.

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25. On March 1, 2012, Yadier Molina signed a five-year extension with the Cardinals worth $75 million through 2017.

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26. Yadier Molina won the first-ever National League Rawlings Platinum Glove Award, bestowed upon one player in each league.

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27. In Game 3, Yadier Molina accumulated four RBI, and two more each in Games 6 and 7.

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28. Yadier Molina led all NL catchers with 12 three-hit games, and collated 39 multi-hit games and 13 multi-RBI games.

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29. Yadier Molina bumped umpire Rob Drake in the chest multiple times and appeared to spit upon him.

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30. Yadier Molina led all NL catchers in at-bats and stolen bases (eight), and his 122 hits ranked second, just behind Brian McCann's 123.

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31. Yadier Molina ranked as the fourth toughest in the NL to strike out with 10.2 at bats per strikeout.

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32. Yadier Molina continued his productivity with the bases loaded that month, collecting four hits and 11 RBI in five at bats.

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33. Yadier Molina turned in a productive April, driving in 15 runners, the most for a Cardinals catcher in the month of April since Ted Simmons drove in 20 in 1977.

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34. Yadier Molina finished tied for 23rd with Miguel Tejada with one percent of the vote share.

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35. Yadier Molina won his second Gold Glove award after the season.

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36. Yadier Molina led the major leagues with eight pickoffs and was second in the NL in innings caught.

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37. Yadier Molina caught eight innings and drove home a run.

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38. Yadier Molina was selected through fan vote to represent the Cardinals in the All-Star Game in St Louis' Busch Stadium—his first All-Star Game.

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39. Yadier Molina erased a Mets runner by throwing out Luis Castillo attempting to steal second base.

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40. Yadier Molina held on to the ball to help the Cardinals win.

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41. Yadier Molina started the season with an Opening Day home run and seven-game hitting streak.

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42. Yadier Molina made an unconventional choice by calling for a changeup to start the sequence against Beltran.

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43. In 2005, Yadier Molina struggled with injuries and saw a drop off in the offensive performance in his rookie season.

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44. Yadier Molina stroked a broken-bat single to shallow center field in the bottom of the ninth inning against the New York Mets.

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45. Yadier Molina advanced one level in each of four seasons in the minor leagues.

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46. Yadier Molina began his professional career with the Johnson City Cardinals of the Rookie-level Appalachian League in 2001, playing 44 total games and batting.

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47. Yadier Molina put on a spectacle at Riverfront Stadium with his arm and bat that grabbed the attention of executives, scouts, and prominent former Reds players, including Johnny Bench and Bob Boone.

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48. Yadier Molina made the team after a single workout and immediately became the starting catcher.

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49. Yadier Molina became the all-time Cardinals' leader in games caught with 1,439 on April 8, 2016.

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50. Yadier Molina has appeared on five Most Valuable Player Award ballots, finishing fourth in 2012 and third in 2013.

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51. Yadier Molina has played his entire 15-year major league career with the Cardinals since his debut on June 3, 2004, and for the Puerto Rican national team in four World Baseball Classic tournaments.

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