Compared to Yogi Berra, Is Yadier Molina Soft?

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INDIANA, PA – Here in the hometown of Jimmy Stewart and Mrs. Short Matt (more importantly) all sports conversations are centered around all things Black-n-Gold. But the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pittsburgh Penguins are not what yours truly will be talking about today. Instead, Bucs nemesis  and star backstop for the St. Louis Cardinals will be focus… That’s right, Yadier Molina is on the hot seat after our crack staff earmarked an AP Sports piece about the Cards monitoring his playing time. Monitor his playing time? What would Yogi Berra have to say about that?!

Let’s start by saying that we are nearly ready to forgive the future Cooperstown catcher for calling Adam Wainright curveballs on full counts to Cliff Floyd and Carlos Beltran in the final 9th in that fateful NLCS Game 7. Heck, we’re almost considering looking the other way re his pivotal homer off Billy Wagner in that very controversial series. Almost.

Okay, maybe we need to let things go. Or do we? The AP article talks about how the Cards are thinking about more rest, more time on the bench for this benchmark backstop. Their concerns center around him averaging 133 games per season and the fact that he’s 34 years old.

The Scooter and Yogi. (NYDailyNews.com photo)

Really?

Doesn’t making $15,000,000.00 a year to stay in game shape allow one to play baseball for 6 months? How many construction workers have their hours reduced as they approach 35? You know what Yogi Berra, the most decorated catcher in the history of the game did once the season ended? He went back to his day job. Ironically, he was from St. Louis and went back their to work. In fact, during the season he and Phil Rizzuto worked part-time selling suits. Think about that. Yogi averaged 134 games per during the prime 14 years of his career, and that included scheduled double-headers in the summer sun. Molina has averaged 133 games since 2004.

In his defense, both Molina and his Manager, Mike Matheny, aren’t exactly proponents of St. Louis Suit and Nancy Boy John Mozeliak’s predilection for reduced playing time. And kudos to the 4-time Gold Glove catcher-turned-Manager for not coddling his star 8-time Gold Glove winner and speaking his anti-suit mind:
“My job description is to win games. And if I’ve got a player I feel is going to help us win games, and that I feel is able to answer the bell, he’s going to be in the lineup.
As someone that still dons The Tools of Ignorance, that’s a flat-out sexy response.

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Matt McCarthy, is the MTM founder and consequently wears many hats: Director, Editor, Writer, Web guy and Podcaster... Also known as Short Matt, he's also a two-bit actor, voice-over pro, rugby, baseball and ice hockey player and likes hazelnut coffee with rice milk, while strolling in the sand, listening to foreign films... Matt also moonlights on MTM spin-off, RugbyWrapUp.com, often wearing a wig and glasses while butchering a Kiwi accent.
  • Buddy Diaz

    It amazes me that players from past eras had regular jobs especially with all the money athletes make now. It still blows my mind to think that they weren’t getting paid enough to make a honest living.

    • And you retired after three 15-game seasons!

      • Buddy Diaz

        I played for the Shaskys for over 15 years and with wool uniforms for a good chunk of it.

        I’ll unretire if you can find a 7 inning league. We can’t do 9 anymore plus we never have enough pitching.

    • benwhit

      Most US international rugby players have day jobs. Maybe someday we’ll look back on that with amazement. Doubt it.

  • Cheesybruin

    Maybe the lack of rest had something to do with all those Yogi-isms we have today. Like Rock Hudson, Molina has already taken too many balls to his chin.

    • BombersBoy

      “If you come to a fork in the road, take it.” My favorite.

      • BombersBoy: Welcome to Mattville. If there’s one Yankee we and all other fans should embrace, it’s Mr. Berra. He could be our all-time favorite sports personality.

    • Not sure what you’re implying there, Cheese Man?!

  • benwhit

    “And went back THEIR to work”? Editor is asleep again.

  • Different Matt

    Let’s not forget that Yogi played in the outfield a lot. Especially later on in his career.

    • Yes, but the comparative was from his days behind the plate, jerk.

  • AngryWard

    A Yadier Molina piece in January? Okay… I guess.

    • Junoir Blaber

      Pitchers and catchers report in a few weeks!

  • Dude

    slow news day, eh? disucssing 11 year old playoff series? maybe report on the grey cup or something.

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