Tag:Bengie Molina
Posted on: October 26, 2010 10:56 pm
 

The Flying Molinas and the World Series

SAN FRANCISCO -- The road to the World Series goes through the Molina brothers.

Texas catcher Bengie.

St. Louis catcher Yadier.

And Toronto catcher Jose.

One of the three has played on a World Series team in five of the past nine seasons: Bengie (Texas this year, the Angels in 2002), Jose (Yankees, 2009), and Yadier (Cardinals, 2004 and 2006).

"It's because there's so many of them," Rangers reliever Darren Oliver jokes. "They're all over the place."

It's sort of true.

Bengie, the current World Series Molina, said Tuesday that it is not a subject he and his brothers discuss.

"Not yet," Bengie says. "Once we're done with baseball, we're going to sit down with some pina coladas somewhere special and talk about what we've accomplished. But that's not now."

Posted on: October 20, 2010 7:14 pm
 

Molina hits, Giants cheer

SAN FRANCISCO -- From the other coast, 3,000 miles away, the Giants are watching their former catcher help Texas bludgeon the Yankees. And they are loving it.

Nothing against the Yankees, understand.

But the Giants still love Bengie Molina.

"We're very, very excited for him," San Francisco starter Matt Cain said before the Giants and Phillies tangled in Game 4 here Wednesday. "We're loving watching him. It couldn't happen to a better person. He was great with us. I'm sure it's the same over there."

Cain and the other Giants hurlers pitched to Molina for nearly 3 1/2 years, from 2007 until Molina had to go when the Giants traded him to Texas on July 1 to make room for rookie Buster Posey.

Nothing personal, just the way baseball works.

Posey helped change the Giants season. And, as things turned out, Molina, 36, was the perfect addition for the Rangers.

Especially in New York Tuesday, when he crashed a three-run homer to help put away Game 4.

"Good for him," Giants shortstop Edgar Renteria said. "He's a good man. He deserves everything good.

"He helped a lot of guys in here."

One of them is Pablo "Kung Fu Panda" Sandoval. Molina took Sandoval under his wing after Panda broke in with the Giants in 2008.

"He helped me with everything," Sandoval said. "Inside and outside of the field. How to deal with fans. People."

Molina entered Game 5 Wednesday hitting .417 against the Yankees in the ALCS with a .462 on-base percentage.

Likes: The Brewers could do worse than hiring Pat Listach as manager. He interviewed Wednesday. ... The pitching in this Giants-Phillies series has been a treat, just as expected. We've barely gotten over the Game 1 hype and here come Tim Lincecum and Roy Halladay to hook back up for a Game 5 duel Thursday. ... Edgar Renteria may be at the end of his career, but he sure is going out strong. The guy is playing in this NLCS despite a completely torn biceps muscle in his left arm. Ouch. ... Credit Giants manager Bruce Bochy with maneuvering his lineup with the skill of an expert watch-man. ... Always a good thing when Clint Eastwood has a new movie out. Looking forward to seeing Hereafter.

Dislikes: First June Cleaver, now Mr. C. Tom Bosley, who will always be Happy Days' Howard Cunningham, passed away on Tuesday. Peace, Mr. C. I'll see ya on reruns. ... Look out, we're about to get Huey Lewis for the Game 5 national anthem here.

Rock 'n' Roll Lyric of the Day:

"I keep a close watch on this heart of mine.
"I keep my eyes wide open all the time.
"I keep the ends out for the tie that binds.
"Because you're mine, I walk the line"

-- Johnny Cash, I Walk the Line

Posted on: June 30, 2010 11:45 pm
Edited on: July 1, 2010 6:31 pm
 

Rangers acquire Bengie Molina from SF

Playing for keeps with their AL West lead, the Texas Rangers struck a deal Wednesday night to acquire catcher Bengie Molina from the San Francisco Giants, beefing up an already solid offense and filling an area of need behind the plate.

The deal was formalized Thursday. The move not only solidifies the Rangers, who entered Wednesday night's game in Anaheim with a 3 1/2-game lead over the Angels, it also positions San Francisco for another move after a disappointing series in which the Giants were swept by the Dodgers.

The Giants, who will receive reliever Chris Ray and a minor-league right-hander named Michael Main, will turn catching duties over to rookie Buster Posey and are expected to seek a bat to power their lineup at first base. Speculation has centered on Milwaukee's Prince Fielder, headed for free agency after the 2011 season. The Chicago Cubs' Derrek Lee is another possibility.

Molina was hitting .257 with three homers and 17 RBI in 61 games for the Giants this season. A past All-Star and a solid all-around player, Molina has been something of a frustration at times to San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy and his staff.

Though he produced more than could have been expected batting out-of-position last summer -- often in the fourth slot in a weak-hitting lineup, he hit .265 with 20 homers and 80 RBI -- he appeared to be running on empty down the stretch. This year, Molina often hit sixth, but as he's struggled at the plate he was hitting eighth and he clearly was not happy being bounced around the lineup.

Molina, who turns 36 on July 20, should find Texas' ballpark more conducive to hitting. And he will give the Rangers stability behind the plate. Texas catchers this season have combined to bat .212 with seven home runs and 30 RBIs.

The two catchers with whom they opened the season, Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Taylor Teagarden, both were optioned to the minors on April 27. Among other things, Saltalamacchia is battling a throwing problem in which he's having serious difficulty consistently returning the ball to the pitcher.

Journeyman Matt Treanor has been handling most of the catching duties.

Molina has picked it up some offensively recently: He leaves San Francisco hitting .286 over his past 15 games with a homer and five RBIs.

 
 
 
 
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