Jose Molina was so slow he nearly got passed by teammate on home run trot (Video)

Who is the slowest player in the major leagues? You don’t even have to think twice. You don’t have to look it up. You just know: it’s Jose Molina.

And Molina showed us all on Wednesday that the title is well-deserved.

Molina was on first in the top of the fourth inning of Tampa Bay’s 7-3 win over Oakland when Kevin Kiermaier hit a 2-run home run to right. The ball barely cleared the high wall, so Kiermaier was booking it around first just in case the ball stayed in the park. Not Molina, though, who knew it was gone and took his sweet ass time yogging (soft J) around the bases.

You could see the big smile Kiermaier had on his face as he was approaching home plate, and I don’t think that was because of his joy over the homer. He was trying to keep from laughing.

Jose Molina Kevin Kiermaier

Pick it up a little, Jose. You’re killing your teammates’ flow.

Forearm bash to Deadspin

Jose Molina is so slow Robinson Cano took his sweet time on this double play

Jose Molina’s lack of speed is not lost on Robinson Cano.

Jose, like his now-retired brother Bengie, has a reputation for being one of the slowest runners in all of baseball. He has the kind of wheels that turns doubles into singles. Literally. In the second inning of Sunday’s game between the Tampa Bay Rays and New York Yankees, Molina drilled a pitch over Ichiro’s head in right that went off the wall. He only made it to first.

In the sixth inning, Molina came up with one out and the bases loaded. He grounded a ball to short for a routine double play. But what was funny was what Cano did to turn it. Instead of hustling to quickly turn the double play, Cano stepped on second for the force, calmly circled around Kelly Johnson who slid in to break up the double play, took a few steps, did a mini side hop, threw to first, and he still got Molina by two steps.

This fantastic moment was definitely enjoyed by Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Brandon McCarthy:

Now if you can believe this, Molina was actually credited for a stolen base in the game. Cork Gaines at Rays Index even points out that Molina is 5-for-6 on stolen bases since joining the Rays.

Good job, good effort, Jose.

Forearm bash to Eye on Baseball

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.