Yadier Molina will break an MLB record when he starts on Opening Day

First pitch of Cardinals Opening Day is at 7:15 p.m. on Friday and you can hear it on KMOX.

Sam Masterson
July 23, 2020 - 9:28 am

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - The consistency of Yadier Molina behind the plate for the St. Louis Cardinals is something we haven't seen in Major League Baseball since the 1940s. 

On Friday, when the 38-year-old crouches behind home plate on Opening Day for the 16th straight season as a member of the Cardinals – he'll break the record for most consecutive Opening Day starts by a catcher in baseball history. 

He'll pass former New York Yankees catcher Bill Dickey. 

Molina's career feats as a Cardinal continues to amaze fans. 

He currently holds the record for most Postseason games played in the National League (98), which is also seventh all-time in MLB history. 

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If he appears in another World Series before his career in St. Louis is done, he'll be the first Cardinal to appear in five fall classics. 

In June of 2018, Molina officially played in more games for a single team than any catcher in MLB history.

In another big weekend in 2018, he reached a career milestone with 800 career RBI and set a new RBI record at Busch Stadium III.

Last season, he passed Ted Simmons for most multi-home run games by Cards catcher. 

Let's take a look at where he currently ranks in all-time Cardinals statistics: 

  • 2nd in defensive WAR, behind only Ozzie Smith
  • 4th in games played (he'll move to 3rd after his next seven games)
  • 7th in hits
  • 4th in doubles 
  • 9th in RBI
  • 1st in sacrifice flys 

St. Louis will begin the 2020 season on Friday at Busch Stadium against the Pittsburgh Pirates. First pitch is at 7:15 p.m. and you can hear it on KMOX AM 1120. 

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