Buster Posey Injury Could Lead Giants to Call Bengie Molina

Giants prized catcher Buster Posey suffered an awful break Wednesday night when he was injured on a collision at the plate. Marlins pinch hitter Scott Cousins tagged up from third on a fly ball in the 12th and launched into Posey to score the winning run. Posey’s left leg was planted in the ground and his body was bent backwards, likely injuring his ankle or leg. It was a brutal injury and an extremely difficult break for such a good young player.

Though we don’t want to minimize how much this could set back Posey — team officials would only say that the injury was “not good” — the Giants are still the NL West leader and need a replacement. Eli Whiteside is their only other catcher on the roster, so they’ll likely call up Chris Stewart from the minors. But maybe another name familiar to Giants fans can end up in San Francisco: Bengie Molina.

Molina has been out of baseball this year because he did not receive a contract offer in the offseason that he deemed satisfactory. The Red Sox reportedly had contacted him earlier in the month, but now that Jarrod Saltalamacchia has started to hit, their interest may be limited.

We have no idea what kind of playing shape he’s in, but Bengie is familiar with the Giants having played there since ’07 (they traded him to the Rangers mid-season last year). If any opportunity could make him come back to baseball this would be it. If it does happen, he’ll probably need several weeks of minor league action before being ready for the Giants, but the wait would probably be worthwhile.

Photo Credit: AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez

Angels Great Bengie Molina Ties World Series Together

It’s no surprise that one of the best catchers in Major League Baseball history also happens to be in an extremely fortunate position. Bengie Molina stands to receive a World Series ring regardless of the outcome in the Best of 7 series between the Giants and Rangers.

Molina played 61 games for the Giants before being traded mid-season to the Rangers where he played 57 games. San Francisco signed Bengie to a one-year deal in the off-season and traded him during the year because of the emergence of rookie catcher Buster Posey. The Giants kept Posey in the minors at the beginning of the season to avoid having his MLB service time begin, and he played first when he was initially called up. San Francisco decided their best lineup would include Posey at catcher and Aubrey Huff at first, so they traded Molina to move Buster behind the dish. The trade worked out well for both teams.

Texas, which seemed to be littered with catching options, saw Jarrod Saltalamacchia develop a Mackey Sasser-like throwing problem, and Max Ramirez and Taylor Teagarden fail to produce offensively. Molina’s addition gave them a strong, reliable veteran presence even if Bengie struggled at the plate. Molina has made up for his offensive shortcomings during the regular season with two home runs and seven RBIs in the post-season. Additionally, Bengie’s defensive contribution cannot be underestimated.

The comments of Tim Lincecum tell the story, “He’s meant a lot to me, and he’s meant a lot to this team. He’s part of the reason why we’re here and obviously part of the reason why they’re here, too.” Perfectly stated. If anyone were to receive a ring for his contributions to two teams, Bengie Molina is so deserving.

Where’s the Brotherly Love for the Molinas?

The Molinas are one of 19 families to have sent at least three brothers to the major leagues. Jose is a backup catcher for the Angels, Yadier catches for the Cardinals, and Bengie used to catch for the Angels and Blue Jays, but was signed by the Giants in the off-season.

Anywho, what I’m getting at, is that I figured a family that not only produced three major leaguers, but three major league catchers no less, probably has to be pretty tight. As my FanHouse colleague Matt Watson put it “i figured they all slept in bunkbeds during the offseason.” Precisely. That’s why I was so shocked when I read this news on the Cardinals website:

Yadier Molina saw his brother, Giants catcher Bengie Molina, for the first time in more than two years Wednesday

What?!? The brothers hadn’t seen each other in more than two years? And neither of them were away at war? What’s the deal guys? Where’s the brotherly love? Unless that’s a screw up and it meant they hadn’t seen each other in a baseball context in more than two years, I am completely stunned. I know kids on foreign exchange programs who have seen their siblings more recently than that. Pretty jacked up if you ask me. But hey, seems to be a formula for success. Molina brothers = 2 rings. Bonds family = 0 rings.

Oh yeah, somewhat related, one of the biggest mistakes for the Angels was failing to resign Bengie. For being one of the slowest dudes in baseball, he’s still an awesome fielder, game-caller, and underrated hitter.

For more on the Molina brothers, check out this article by Jack Curry.

UPDATE: This San Francisco Chronicle article says the brothers hadn’t seen each other in over three years, because they spend their off-seasons in different places.