| Yadier Benjamin Molina
(Best known as a major league baseball player)
|Born|| born July 13, 1982 |
Bayamón, Puerto Rico
Yadier Molina, (born July 13, 1982) is a Puerto Rican Major League Baseball player from Bayamón, Puerto Rico. He is currently the catcher for the Saint Louis Cardinals of Major league baseball (MLB). Molina has played his entire 17-year major league career with the Cardinals since his debut on June 3, 2004 after the Cardinals selected him in the fourth round of the 2000 MLB Draft. Molina also played for the Puerto Rican national team in four World Baseball Classic tournaments.
He is the youngest of three brothers; his older brothers are Benjamin (better known as Bengie) and Jose, both of whom were also catchers in the majors. All three were also known for being among the slowest baserunners in the league.
Molina has the defensive qualifications to rank as one of the best ever catchers based upon statistics. Molina's 10 All-Star appearances, 9 Gold Gloves, and role in the winning of 2 World Series titles has quantified his significant character in the history of the first 20 years of 21st century baseball. Yadier Molina's 2,000th hit on September 24, 2020 made him one of just 12 catchers in MLB history to get there. Yadier becomes the 17th player to record his 2,000th hit as a Cardinal. Molina is one of only six players in Cardinals franchise history to collect all 2,000 hits with the St. Louis Cardinals. Yadier Molina recorded his 100th postseason hit during the 2020 NL Wild Card Series and during the same game marked the veteran catcher’s 100th career postseason game. Molina’s played all of them with the Cardinals, and the number ranks sixth all time in Major League Baseball, behind Derek Jeter (158), Jorge Posada (125), Bernie Williams (121), David Justice (112) and Manny Ramirez (111). A summary of milestones include nine Rawlings Gold Gloves and six Fielding Bible Awards. A two-time World Series champion, he is a prominent figure in eleven Cardinals playoff appearances and four National League (NL) pennants, and a two-time silver medalist with Puerto Rico. Molina is a key figure in 21st century postseason history.
A St. Louis journalist stated in 2020 speaking of Yadier Molina; "I don't know if there's ever been a 38-year-old catcher in better shape in the history of baseball." Referring to when the 38-year-old crouched behind home plate on opening day for the 16th straight season as a member of the Cardinals, a record for most consecutive Opening Day starts by a catcher in baseball history.
Molina bats and throws right-handed, stands 5 feet 11 inches (1.80 m) tall, and weighs approximately 205 pounds.
Awards and accomplishments
|Title||Number of times achieved||Dates|
|National League champion||4||2004, 2006, 2011, 2013|
|World Series champion||2||2006, 2011|
|Awards, honors, and exhibition team selections||Number of times achieved||Dates|
|All-World Baseball Classic Team||2||2013, 2017|
|Baseball America Award for Best Defensive Catcher||2||2014, 2015|
|Baseball Writers' Association of America St. Louis Baseball Man of the Year||2||2012, 2013|
|The Cardinal Nation/Scout.com St. Louis Cardinals Player of the Year||2||2012, 2013|
|Darryl Kile Good Guy Award||1||2015|
|Fielding Bible Award at catcher||6||2007−10, 2012, 2013|
|GIBBY/Baseball Award for Defensive Player of the Year||2||2012, 2013|
|Major League Baseball All-Star||9||2009−2015, 2017–2018|
|MLB Japan Series All-Star||1||2018 MLB Japan All-Star Series|
|Rawlings Gold Glove Award at catcher||9||2008−15, 2018|
|Rawlings Platinum Glove Award||4||2011, 2012, 2014, 2015|
|Roberto Clemente Award||1||2018|
|Silver Slugger Award at catcher||1||2013|
|The Sporting News National League All-Star at catcher||1||2009|
|Wilson Sporting Goods Cardinals' Defensive Player of the Year||2||2012, 2013|
|World Baseball Classic silver medalist (with Team Puerto Rico)||2||2013, 2017|
- MLB records
- Consecutive playoff games started, 101
- Platinum Glove awards won, 4
- Consecutive Opening Day starts at catcher, 16 (2005–20)
- St. Louis Cardinals records
- Consecutive seasons leading the team in batting average as catcher, 2
- Gold Gloves won as catcher, 9
- Defensive runs saved as catcher, 120
- Playoff appearances as catcher, 8
- Playoff hits for career, 100
|Category||# of Times||Dates|
|All National League players|
|Defensive Wins Above Replacement (dWAR)||6||2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013|
|Wins Above Replacement (WAR)||1||2012|
|National League top-five fielding leader as catcher|
|Assists||8 (3)||2005−10, 2012, 2013|
|Caught stealing||7||2005−07, 2010, 2012, 2015, 2017|
|Caught stealing percentage||10 (4)||2005−10, 2012−15|
|Double plays||6 (3)||2010, 2012−15, 2017|
|Errors||3||2005, 2008, 2017|
|Fielding percentage||7 (2)||2006, 2009, 2010, 2012−14, 2016|
|Games played||9 (6)||2006, 2009−13, 2015−17|
|Passed balls||4 (1)||2005, 2006, 2010, 2016|
|Putouts||7 (3)||2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017|
|Stolen bases allowed||1||2016|
|Total zone runs||12 (7)||2005−15, 2017|
|National League top-ten batting leader|
|At bat-to-strikeout ratio||8||2008−13, 2015, 2016|
|Batting average||4||2011−13, 2016|
|Double plays grounded into||6||2007−11, 2016|
|Sacrifice flies||2||2015, 2017|
Bold — league leader.
Yadier and his wife, Wanda, started the Fundación 4, a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit charity founded in 2010. The name “Fundacion 4” is in the representation of Yadi's #4 uniform number. Its main mission is to create happier lives and futures for underprivileged children in Puerto Rico., which benefits " Molina's charitable organization, which helped to raise donations for childhood cancer patients in Puerto Rico.
As part of his Fundacion 4, Molina spent time delivering supplies, water, and food to people still recovering from the impact of Hurricane Maria in September 2018.
Family and personal life
Molina resides in Vega Alta, on the northern coast of Puerto Rico during the offseason and stays in a $2.2 million Creve Coeur Missouri home as of Oct 2015. Molina previously stayed in Caseyville, Illinois, during the baseball season until 2015. He married his wife Wanda Torres in 2007 and the couple have three children. On September 4, 2008, they had a son named Yanuell; on July 4, 2010, a daughter named Arianna; and on February 6, 2016, a son named Daniel Benjamin. After signing his $75 million contract in 2012, Molina purchased a home on a four-acre property at the address of 6431 River Pointe Way in Jupiter, Florida, for $7.15 million. The home details according to public records show its an eight-bedroom, seven-and-a-half-bathroom home. In September 2020 Yadier Molina sold this Jupiter riverfront Jupiter estate mansion for $8-Million dollars. This means Molina and his wife sold the house for $800K more than they paid in 2012, which includes a guest house, and baseball diamond.
Yadier Molina is a Christian and has spoken to Cardinal Fans regarding his faith on Christian Family Day at Busch Stadium.
Molina's agent is Melvin Roman of MDR Sports Management. Roman, who owns a baseball player representation firm in Puerto Rico has represented Molina since he signed his first professional contract with the Cardinals shortly after being drafted in 2000.
Molina is an avid fan of the NHL team St. Louis Blues, and attends games frequently. Molina is close friends with Vladimir Tarasenko. A 3D art piece was specially created by Steven Walden featuring an embellished canvas print with the two players in action with the St. Louis gateway Arch and courthouse in the middle of the piece. The original work is autographed by Yadier Molina and Vladimir Tarasenko and JSA certified.
Yadier Molina's two older brothers, Bengie and José Molina, are the only trio of brothers to play as catchers in Major league baseball. Bengie Molina played multiple seasons in the major leagues with the Anaheim Angels (1998–2005), Toronto Blue Jays (2006), San Francisco Giants (2007–2010), Texas Rangers (2010). Due to having played for both Giants and Rangers during the 2010 season, Bengie Molina was guaranteed to receive a World Series ring regardless of whether his current or former team won the World Series.
Each of the three brothers has won at least one World Series ring, making them the only trio of brothers with such a distinction (Bengie and José both won their first ring while with the Anaheim Angels in 2002 as the catching duo).
Yadier's brother, José Molina played multiple seasons in the major leagues with the Chicago Cubs (1999), Anaheim Angels (2001–2007), New York Yankees (2007–2009), Toronto Blue Jays (2010–2011), Tampa Bay Rays (2012–2014). José won a second ring with the 2009 New York Yankees.
Yadier and his two brothers had a father named Benjamín Molina, who organized youth baseball teams in Bayamón Puerto Rico even up to his death. Benjamín Molina was tending to a baseball field when he passed away from a heart attack on October 11, 2008.