St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina

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Yadier Molina Loses Ground In All-Star Voting

The Cardinals catcher is still outside the top-3 NL catchers as the latest results were released, Monday.

June 25, 2018 - 2:26 pm
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - There are just 10 days remaining and St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina would need a seismic effort from fans to make the 2018 NL All-Star roster through fan votes. With just over 584,000 votes, he is nearly 300,000 votes behind Atlanta Braves catcher Kurt Suzuki for third place. 

NL CATCHER VOTING:
1. Buster Posey, Giants: 1,037,368
2. Willson Contreras, Cubs: 945,347
3. Suzuki: 880,707
4. Molina: 584,054
5. Yasmani Grandal, Dodgers: 539,782

Local-bias aside, it's more than odd to see Molina so far behind in this race. Among those top-five players Molina and Grandal are the best run producers, both tied for the most home runs (11) and Molina's 31 RBI trail only Grandal. And that's including a major injury where he missed a month of games. 

And as Ben Frederickson of the Post-Dispatch promoted to Cardinals fans this morning, Molina is probably the best "catcher" on this list. Posey has only started at catcher in three more games than Molina this season because he's playing part of his time at first base too. And in slightly less time, Molina has allowed 11 fewer steals than the San Franisco Giants catcher/first baseman. 

Molina is still one of the best base-stealing deterrents in baseball.

And there's still proof that no player handles a catching staff as well at Molina. His starting staff has the best ERA in baseball at 3.37, thanks in part to Francisco Pena for subbing in Molina's absence. 

There aren't many knocks to be made on Contreras's season in Chicago, so he and Molina should probably be No. 1 and 2 on this list.

If Molina doesn't make up the votes, there's a chance he could be included in the "Final Vote" competition, which MLB has implemented every year since 2002. Five players from each league, regardless of position, will be included in another fan voting competition. 

St. Louis has done well in recent years, as David Freese (2012) and Carlos Martinez (2015) both have earned All-Star roster spots through the Final Vote process.

And as recently as in 2016 we've seen All-Star teams include more than two catchers. This year wouldn't come with any complaints if Molina gets that spot.