Part of what makes him special is the way he handles a pitching staff.
Yes, he can hit (he has a career .731 OPS, which is very solid for a catcher), but he also has a great arm and excellent framing skills.
He knows every secret of how to handle a pitcher and a game in general: he guides his hurler and puts him in a position to succeed.
Molina knows what pitch has the best odds to retire a hitter at any specific moment.
That’s why he is so respected around the game: he is a true manager behind the plate.
On Wednesday, he achieved yet another cool milestone in his final season in MLB.
“With his 150th career shutout from behind the plate, @Yadimolina04 moves into 2nd place in MLB history!” the Cardinals’ official Twitter account wrote.
— St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) April 21, 2022
An Incredible Feat
During his MLB career, he has guided his pitching staff to 150 games with no runs allowed.
150 games are a lot.
Molina is still far from the record-holder: New York Yankees legend Yogi Berra, who caught 173 shutouts over his long career.
But his accomplishment is extremely valuable, especially at a time in history in which teams rotate their catchers a lot.
Molina made his MLB debut in 2004, and has been the full-time backstop in St. Louis since 2005.
He has been the undisputed starter for a long time, giving him the chance to break some records.
However, he wouldn’t have stayed on the field that long if he wasn’t a true game-changer, and that’s what he was, or has been, for the Cardinals.