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Yadier Molina wore awesome Mother’s Day chest protector

Yadier Molina Mothers Day

Several MLB players wore gear acknowledging Mother’s Day on Sunday, and veteran catcher Yadier Molina had one of the best looks.

Molina wore a pink mask and custom chest plate for the St. Louis Cardinals’ game against the Colorado Rockies. The chest protector was particularly awesome.

Molina has been in the majors since 2004, so he can get away with wearing anything he wants. The pink alphabet swag was a great way to celebrate moms everywhere.

Reds, Cardinals in bench-clearing incident after Nick Castellanos exchange

Reds Cardinals Molina Castellanos

The St. Louis Cardinals and Cincinnati Reds were involved in a bench-clearing incident on Saturday.

Matters began in the bottom of the fourth inning when Nick Castellanos was hit by a pitch from Cardinals reliever Jake Woodford. Castellanos and Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina talked things out after the hit by pitch.

Later in the inning, the bases were loaded and Woodford threw a wild pitch. Castellanos broke for home and dived in for a run. He yelled in Woodford’s face afterwards, which upset Molina, who stood up for his teammate. Both benches ended up clearing over the matter.

Things settled down and the inning resumed, though Castellanos was ejected. Molina has never been shy to stand up for his teammates, especially against the Reds.

Yadier Molina will reportedly return to Cardinals

Yadier Molina

After some modest speculation that Yadier Molina might actually leave the St. Louis Cardinals, it appears that it was nothing but chatter.

According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, Molina is close to returning to the Cardinals. There was no word on terms of the potential contract.

This ultimately won’t come as a surprise. Molina has spent his entire career with the Cardinals, and didn’t really want to play anywhere else. However, there was consistent speculation that he could at least listen to other teams’ offers.

The 38-year-old catcher hit .262 with four home runs in 42 games in 2020. He remains a stalwart behind the plate, handling the majority of the Cardinals’ games every season since 2005.

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Report: Cardinals still face competition to re-sign Yadier Molina

Yadier Molina

There has been an expectation that free agent catcher Yadier Molina will ultimately return to the St. Louis Cardinals, but that clearly is not a done deal yet.

According to Jon Heyman of MLB Network, the Cardinals have not sealed Molina’s return, and other teams are still in contact with the free agent catcher. One of them is the Toronto Blue Jays, who have interest and have spoken to Molina.

It’s always sounded like Molina will be back with the Cardinals as long as they want him, and that did seem to be the case. As long as nothing is done, however, the possibility remains that he’ll play elsewhere, as hard as that is to imagine.

The 38-year-old catcher hit .262 with four home runs in 42 games for St. Louis in 2020.

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Yadier Molina reportedly expected to return to Cardinals

Yadier Molina

There were moments during the offseason where it appeared Yadier Molina might actually depart the St. Louis Cardinals. It appears it ultimately won’t be coming to that.

According to Jon Morosi of MLB.com, Molina is expected to sign a new one-year deal with the Cardinals within the next few weeks as he prepares for the Caribbean Series.

The Cardinals are the only organization Molina has ever played for, and he is essentially synonymous with them. It was not clear if the 38-year-old would stay, and he was even said to be discussing potential deals with another team. Ultimately, he’s set to stay put.

Molina isn’t the only longtime member of the Cardinals who’s sticking around after being linked with a potential exit.

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Report: Nationals have interest in Yadier Molina

Yadier Molina

There appears to be a growing possibility that Yadier Molina actually could leave the St. Louis Cardinals.

Molina has received interest from multiple teams, and one fit may be the Washington Nationals, according to Robert Murray of FanSided. The Nationals are in the market for a catcher, and Molina represents a tested veteran option for a potential contender.

The Nationals have Yan Gomes under contract, but are looking for an upgrade. Nats general manager Mike Rizzo has long coveted top free agent catcher J.T. Realmuto, but the price could prove prohibitive there.

After 17 seasons with St. Louis, Molina has made clear that he would consider leaving the organization in order to keep playing. It’s likely that he’ll want a fairly regular role, so Washington might have to commit to that. However, he’ll also be less expensive than some other options.

Yadier Molina says he has received interest from four teams

Yadier Molina

Yadier Molina has played 17 seasons in MLB and never played for anyone other than the St. Louis Cardinals. That may be changing.

Molina is a free agent and wants to continue his career. The nine-time All-Star catcher says that he has received interest this offseason from at least four teams. The list includes the New York Yankees, Mets, San Diego Padres, and Los Angeles Angels.

Molina says he still prefers to remain in St. Louis if possible.

Now 38, Molina batted .262/.303/.359 in 42 games last season. He has been saying since May that he wanted to play two more years and was open to switching teams in order to continue his career.

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Video: Yadier Molina gets emotional talking about Bob Gibson

Yadier Molina

Yadier Molina got emotional talking about the death of Bob Gibson on Friday night.

The St. Louis Cardinals catcher was asked after his team’s 4-0 season-ending loss to the Padres game for his thoughts on the team. He began talking about Gibson instead.

“It’s kind of hard losing a legend,” Molina said.

Molina is experiencing numerous significant events at the same time. His St. Louis Cardinals’ season ended in a playoff loss. His contract has expired and he is now a free agent. And Gibson, a franchise icon, died.

That’s a confluence of several difficult events that are all weighing on the nine-time All-Star.

Cardinals starting pitcher Jack Flaherty also expressed his thoughts on Gibson, who served as a mentor to him.

Gibson’s death comes less than a month after another Cardinals legend, Lou Brock, also died.

Ryan Braun responds to Cardinals’ ‘absurd’ catcher’s interference allegations

Ryan Braun

Ryan Braun on Wednesday responded to accusations from the St. Louis Cardinals that he induced a catcher’s interference intentionally.

Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina was called for catcher’s interference during the fifth inning of the Cardinals’ 18-3 loss to Milwaukee on Tuesday. Molina was upset because his hand hurt from Braun hitting him with a swing. The two traded some words prior to the incident too.

A bench-clearing incident also ensued that involved some words between the managers.

After the game, Cardinals manager Mike Shildt raised suspicion about Braun’s intentions. Shildt noted that Molina had only been called for catcher’s interference one previous time in his lengthy MLB career.

The teams split a doubleheader on Wednesday, and Braun talked about the allegation afterwards. He denied any intent.

“It was all a bit confusing and somewhat absurd to me. I would never intentionally hit a catcher’s glove. I couldn’t do that if I tried,” Braun said on Wednesday, via MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy.

Even if Braun calls the allegation “absurd,” the numbers do show Braun has a tendency to receive catcher’s interference calls. He has benefited from 11 such calls during his career.

Shildt and Brewers manager Craig Counsell were both ejected from Tuesday’s game, while Shildt was suspended a game. Molina underwent X-rays that were negative and was in the lineup for one of the two games Wednesday.

Yadier Molina wants to play two more years, open to leaving Cardinals

Yadier Molina

Yadier Molina was originally looking to call it quits after the 2020 season, but the current situation has led to a change of plans for him.

In a recent interview with Marly Rivera of ESPN, the St. Louis Cardinals catcher spoke on his newfound desire to play two more years and said that he was willing to leave St. Louis in order to make it happen.

“I previously said that, if it wasn’t with St. Louis, that I would go home. If we were unable to come to an extension agreement, that I would retire,” Molina said. “But the [current] situation has changed everything. Right now, I’m thinking of playing two more years. Obviously, St. Louis is my first option. But if they don’t sign me, then I’m willing to go into free agency. This situation has changed my mentality, and all I want to do is play beyond 2020.

“The reality is that this business is difficult for a 38-year-old catcher,” added the nine-time All-Star. “My window is smaller. But I feel ready to keep on playing. I’m in good physical shape. My knees are good, my mind is great. Physically, I’m fine. That’s why I’ve made the decision to play two more years. I had in mind that if St. Louis didn’t sign me, I would retire after this season, at 38. With this situation, obviously, we probably won’t have a chance to play a full season. We may not be able to play a lot of games. I think it will feel like unfinished business. Any player that says they’re not going through a difficult time and not worried about what the 2020 season will look like is lying.”

Molina, who has played all 16 of his MLB seasons with the Cardinals, will see his contract expire after the 2020 season, however it may take place. He is still far from washed up however, hitting .270 last season with 10 home runs and 57 RBIs on top of his usual stellar defense.

The two-time World Series champion sounds like he wants to get one more full season in before hanging up his cleats, and that can only be a good thing for those of us who enjoy Molina’s game as well as his entertaining antics.