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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Articles tagged: Yadier Molina

Justin Verlander gets into it with Yadier Molina over Marisnick play

Jake Marisnick Jonathan Lucroy collision

Yadier Molina is not happy with Jake Marisnick’s collision with Jonathan Lucroy, and he’s willing to take on anyone who isn’t going to condemn it.

Molina posted a profanity-laced caption on Instagram Sunday night calling for Major League Baseball to take action against Marisnick for plowing over and injuring the Angels’ catcher. Marisnick’s teammate, pitcher Justin Verlander, defended the outfielder, replying to Molina’s post with a simple “#fakenews.”

Molina’s response was simple: “fake u a–.”

In other words, people are going to see this one differently. Marisnick has been apologetic and defended his actions, but Angels manager Brad Ausmus is in line with Molina in calling for MLB to take a look at the play. Marisnick had to make a last-second decision on what to do as he approached the plate, and he clearly made the wrong one, angering a lot of people in the process.

Yadier Molina furious over Jake Marisnick running into Jonathan Lucroy

Yadier Molina

Yadier Molina stood up for his fellow catcher Jonathan Lucroy in a comment he made on Instagram Sunday night.

Lucroy was nailed by Jake Marisnick during the bottom of the eighth inning of the Los Angeles Angels’ 11-10 loss to the Houston Astros on Sunday as Marisnick was trying to score. The Astros outfielder ended up hitting Lucroy in the head as he dived towards home plate.

Molina, who has caught for the St. Louis Cardinals since 2004, posted a photo of the collision on Instagram. Then he shared his thoughts in the caption (edited for profanity).

“Bulls—!!!” he said, adding two angry face emojis. “MLB need to take action on this Bulls—t play! F—! Praying for Lucroy! slide slide slide f—– !!! F— u if u think this is Ok .. f— u!!!!”

Molina clearly has strong thoughts on the matter. Those words were much stronger than what Angels manager Brad Ausmus had to say, and Ausmus said Marisnick should be suspended.

The Astros outfielder did defend himself, saying on Twitter he never intended to hurt Lucroy and that he only went that direction because he thought the play was going the other direction.

MLB will likely take a look at the play and evaluate it for potential discipline.

Albert Pujols, Yadier Molina trade jerseys in emotional embrace

Albert Pujols

Albert Pujols’ memorable return to Busch Stadium in St. Louis came to a close in a fitting way on Sunday night.

Pujols’ Los Angeles Angels played a three-game series with the Cardinals, marking the former three-time league MVP’s first time playing in St. Louis since leaving the team in free agency. He got a tribute video and several ovations during the first game of the series on Friday night. On Saturday, he received an ovation after a homer.

Then on Sunday, to cap off the weekend and Angels’ 6-4 victory over the Cardinals, Pujols swapped jerseys with his former teammate, Yadier Molina. The love between them was evident as they made the trade:

Molina began as a rookie for the Cardinals in 2003, while Pujols was a rookie in 2001. They went to the playoffs five times together, reaching the World Series three times and winning it all twice. They have a lot of history together and clearly feel fondly about one another.

Yadier Molina heads to IL with thumb tendon strain

Yadier Molina

A rough month gets rougher for the St. Louis Cardinals.

The Cardinals placed catcher Yadier Molina on the 10-day IL with a right thumb tendon strain, offering no indication how much time he’ll miss as a result.

Molina is hitting a modest .265 this season, but his importance to the Cardinals goes beyond statlines. He’s the clear team leader and handler of the pitching staff, and will now be sidelined for at least a week, if not more.

Even with Molina in the lineup, the month of May has not been a good one for the Cardinals. They’re 8-18 since the start of the month, and are hitting a miserable .234 as a team over that span.

Yadier Molina hits out at Kris Bryant for calling St. Louis ‘boring’

Yadier Molina

The rivalry between the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals is alive and well, even though it’s only January.

Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant called the city of St. Louis “boring” at his team’s fanfest on Friday. That got a quick retort from Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina, who said “only stupid players and losers” make such comments.

Molina has never been shy about firing back at perceived disrespect. Bryant looked to be having a little bit of fun with his comments in front of a partisan crowd, but the Cardinal catcher is taking them completely seriously. The rivalry won’t be boring in 2019, if nothing else.

Cardinals buy ballistic cups for use after Molina injury

Yadier Molina

The St. Louis Cardinals are taking action in the wake of the severe injury suffered by veteran catcher Yadier Molina.

The 35-year-old Molina was hurt over the weekend during a game against the Chicago Cubs when he took a 102 mph foul tip right to the groin. Take a look:

This week, Jeremiah Raber, the CEO of a company called Armored Nutshellz that manufactures ballistic cups, revealed that the Cardinals reached out to him following the Molina injury and purchased three sets of his product.

“The players that are having these injuries realize now that they need something a little bit more than the companies that are trying to sell them,” said Raber, according to Erika Tallan of FOX2Now in St. Louis.

Tallan adds that the Cardinals heard about Nutshellz through the Baltimore Orioles, who have supplied them to all their catchers in both the major and minor leagues. Cleveland Indians catchers are also said to use them as well.

The description of the product on the Nutshellz website reads that the cups are designed for “law enforcement and military professionals.” It also claims that they are “not only lab tested and proven to stop a bullet but also field tested for ultimate comfort and mobility.”

That … sounds like pretty heavy-duty stuff. But it should be worth it for the Cardinals, especially given how long Molina will be sidelined with the injury.

Yadier Molina expected to miss a month after emergency surgery

Yadier Molina

St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina exited Saturday’s game against the Chicago Cubs after taking a foul tip to the groin, and it sounds like the injury he suffered was relatively serious.

According to Jose de Jesus Ortiz of the St. Louis Post-Disptach, Molina underwent emergency surgery on Saturday night and is expected to be out for a month.

The play looked about as painful as it gets:

Molina, who is 35 and recently reached a very impressive milestone, has provided the Cardinals with stability at the catcher position for well over a decade. He’ll be tough to replace both in the lineup and calling games, but it’s better for him to miss a month now than in September.