St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina celebrates as he rounds 1st base.

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Cardinals Dependable Catcher Yadier Molina Breaks 70-Year-Old Record

Molina has played more games for a single team than any catcher in MLB history.

June 19, 2018 - 8:45 am
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Once Yadier Molina caught the first pitch of the fifth inning in Monday night's St. Louis Cardinals game, he had officially caught his 1,757th career MLB game for the birds on the bat. That is the most games at catcher by any MLB player for a single team in baseball history. 

Molina passed Hall of Famer and former Chicago Cubs catcher Gabby Hartnett, who played his last game for Chicago in 1940 at 39-years-old. He was a six-time All Star and 1935 NL MVP, who played his first game with Chicago at 21-years-old in 1922. 

Molina may not have an MVP, but does have eight Gold Gloves and two more seasons remaining on his contract with the Cardinals. He will turn 36-years-old next month and is in his 15th season with St. Louis. 

Earlier this year he passed another Hall of Famer catcher, Johnny Bench, for 13th place on the all-time innings caught list. 

Molina was asked by MLB.com's Joe Trezza about passing another Hall of Famer after Monday night's 6-5 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies

"It's a (point of) pride, I thank God for giving me help to play this game. I've been happy to have been here since my first day, and I'm going to be happy to retire as a Cardinal because this organization means a lot to me and this city means a lot to me."