Wednesday, July 13, 2005

July 13th, 1982

Yadier Molina Born

One of the trio of catching Molina brothers, the other two, Bengie and Jose both play for the Los Angeles Angels of...ZzZZzzzz...uh, er, where was I? Oh, right, the Molinas of Anaheim, Bengie is the starter and Jose his back-up. Although I've not seen much of Yadier, if he's anything like his brothers, he shares one prominent characteristic: he’s absolutely slower than dirt. Bengie and Jose might be--I say this without hyperbole--the two slowest men in Major League Baseball right now, and possibly the two slowest ever. Jose is the faster of the pair (he actually stole four out of five bases last year, I don't know what the deal is on that) but he's pretty damn slow.

Bengie on the other hand, just redefines slow. All that keeps him from constantly leading the league in double-plays is his position in the batting order, not behind any really high OBP guys, and his position, as catching keeps him from playing every day and keeps the totals down. Despite this Bengie has hit into fifteen or more double-plays four times in his career, and has seven already this year. This is one of those things, however, that statistics just can't illustrate. You could change a tire in the time it takes him to get down the line, it's captivating--in a watching paint dry sort-of way--to watch.

As I said, I've not seen enough of Yadier to paint him with this brush just yet. But next time a Molina comes to your local ballpark, go out and see them. It’s quite something.

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