ACKERMAN: Molina still going strong after 15 openers

No Cardinal has ever had more consecutive Opening Day starts at a single position in team history

Tom Ackerman
March 28, 2019 - 11:02 am

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JUPITER, Fla. (KMOX) - Just days before he led his team aboard a flight to Milwaukee, Yadier Molina sat in the corner of the Cardinals clubhouse at spring training, rubbing a glove conditioner into his catcher's mitt while we talked, perhaps the mitt he would use to make his 15th straight start at the position on Opening Day.

No Cardinal has ever had more consecutive starts at a single position in team history.

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Soak it in, St. Louis: Yadi behind the plate. It won't last forever.

How many more years will we see him in uniform?

"I don't want to think about that," Molina smiles when I ask him that question. "We have a contract for 2020. Right now, I'm concentrating on this season, to win the ring this year. And then I'll worry (about the future) after that."

Molina has two World Series rings (2006, 2011). He's won four NL pennants (2004, 2006, 2011, 2013). He's been a Gold Glove recipient nine times, an All-Star nine times, a Silver Slugger in 2013. And most recently, his most prestigious honor: the 2018 Roberto Clemente Award, given to Molina for his personal efforts to support Puerto Rico following the devastation of Hurricane Maria.  

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Foundation 4, a non-profit organization founded in 2010 by Yadier and his wife, Wanda Torres, will host its second annual charity dinner event, "Flavors of Puerto Rico," in St. Louis on May 23 at River City Casino & Hotel. The proceeds from event will benefit Latino children in need based on the following criteria: abuse, behavioral health, cancer services, education and poverty in Puerto Rico and St. Louis.

Molina will be joined at the event by some of his Cardinals teammates, who will be in St. Louis for a 3-game series against the Atlanta Braves starting on May 24.

We discuss that and more in this interview at Molina's locker:

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