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NASHVILLE, Tenn. The Cardinals search for an assistant hitting coach has apparently finished with a familiar name.
A source confirmed Thursday morning that Bengie Molina, former big league catcher and older brother of Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina, will likely be named the clubs hitting coach in the near future.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch was first to report the news on Tuesday.
The Cardinals and Molina have yet to discuss salary terms, according to a source, but thats not believed to be a deal-breaker. The move will allow Bengie and Yadier to be together on the same team for the first times in their careers.
Bengie and brother Jose Molina were teammates in Anaheim from 2001-05 but younger brother Yadier has yet to have the opportunity to share teams with either of his brothers.
The older Molina has no coaching experience but hit .274 during 13 big league seasons with the Angels, Blue Jays, Giants and Rangers. He last played with Texas in 2010. The 38-year-old never walked more than 27 times in a season.
Bengie thought he had a deal to join the Cardinals as Yadiers backup prior to the 2011 season. He recalled the story during the 2011 World Series to FOXSportsMidwest.com, saying he purchased a Cardinals hat and wept because of how excited his father would have been before the final contract details couldnt be agreed upon and the deal fell through.
The Cardinals were one of the first teams to hire an assistant hitting coach. His job is to work with hitters in the batting cage and the film room both before and during games. Per MLB rules, the assistant hitting coach is not allowed to be in the dugout during games.
An announcement on Molina could come in the next few weeks.
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Yadier Molina has lost a number of his St. Louis Cardinals teammates from this weekend’s “Brawl at the Beach.” The home run derby and softball game benefiting the catcher’s Foundation 4 will be held in Daytona Beach, Fla. on Friday and Saturday.
Among the Cardinals originally listed as participating were outfielder Jon Jay, closer Jason Motte, outfielder Carlos Beltran...
NASHVILLE, Tenn. Baseballs top executives met one final time before departing the winter meetings Thursday morning for the annual Rule 5 Draft. And the Cardinals were busy at the Minor League level.
The Cardinals did not select a player in the Major League portion of the Rule 5 Draft and had none of their players taken among the 15 overall selections.
They did lose Steven Hill...
NASHVILLE, Tenn. The Cardinals have found their left-handed reliever. And apparently it was the one they wanted all along.
A club official confirmed Wednesday evening that a three-year deal is in place with veteran left-handed reliever Randy Choate, pending the completion of a physical Friday in St. Louis. The deal will reportedly pay him a total of 7.5 million.
Choate, 37, was...
New Packs Include Musial, Jersey, Ring, Bobblehead and Weekend Promotion Packs
ST. LOUIS, December 4, 2011 – The St. Louis Cardinals announced 2013 ten-game and five-game ticket packs and single-game All-Inclusive tickets will go on sale this Friday, December 7 at 10:00 a.m.
New for 2013, fans can select from several multi-game packs built around games featuring special commemorative...
The St. Louis Cardinals completed phase one of their fine-tuning for 2013 when they signed left-handed relief specialist Randy Choate, 37, to a three-year contract worth $7.5 million. Next up are right-handed bench help and middle infield depth. "There is still some work to be done," said general manager John Mozeliak as he left the winter meetings in Nashville. "...
When the St. Louis Cardinals agreed to terms with free agent Randy Choate earlier in the week...little did they know they were getting a reliever with ties to sitcom royalty.Sort of.I'm not really sure when the 37-year-old lefty's Wikipedia page was hacked (for lack of a better term), but the result is awesome.It just goes to show you that you can't believe everything...
Reliever Randy Choate and the St. Louis Cardinals have finalized a $7.5 million, three-year contract.
The deal was announced Friday, two days after it was agreed to at the winter meetings.
The 37-year-old left-hander tied for the major league lead with 80 pitching appearances this year, splitting the season between the Miami Marlins and Los Angeles Dodgers. Choate is 11-11 with...
Fans Asked to Join Team Effort the Morning of December 12th by Donating Gifts at Busch Stadium
ST. LOUIS, December 5, 2011 – The St. Louis Cardinals front office is teaming up with Fredbird and volunteers from Cardinals Care, KMOV, Delaware North Sportservice and the American Red Cross to provide holiday gifts to the children of military families at Scott Air Force Base.
The thought about hitting coaches has been rolling around inside the noggin for quite a while and was crystallized last night at the news the Cardinals were seeking to make Bengie Molina their assistant hitting coach. Molina played thirteen years and was not a terrible hitter. Molina, one of the slowest players ever to play baseball even hit for the cycle once while visiting Fenway...
The Cardinals have signed the ultimate LOOGY and got Scrabble a playmate. Randy Choate is a Cardinal. And not only is the 37 year old going to be the other "left-handed specialist" for the St. Louis club for 2013, his contract is for three years. Now how can you call Choate the ultimate LOOGY? After all, there was Tony Fossas and Graeme Lloyd and Alan Embree that...
The St. Louis Cardinals have been looking for a left handed relief pitcher this off season. Today, they got their man.
Cards sign Choate, financials not available at this time
Randy Choate is a 37-year old left handed relief pitcher that has pitched for five teams in his twelve year major league career, spanning back to his rookie season in 2000 with the New York Yankees.
St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina has claimed plenty of hardware over the last month for his spectacular performance behind the plate for the Cardinals in 2012.
On Tuesday, it was announced that Molina would take home more hardware, this time winning the GIBBY as the Defensive Player of the Year in baseball.
Molina finished fourth in the National League MVP voting, but...
The St. Louis Cardinals added an infielder and a left-handed pitcher in the Triple-A phase of the Rule 5 Draft. They also lost catcher Steven Hill.
The St. Louis Cardinals reportedly plan to hire a familiar name as their new assistant hitting coach.
The St. Louis Cardinals have signed left handed reliever Randy Choate to a three-year, $7.5mm deal, Jayson Stark of ESPN.com reports.
With the departure of Choate, the Dodgers will now need to look for a left hander for their bullpen as they have Paco Rodriguez who will probably be sent back to the minors for more seasoning and Scott Elbert who is recovering from offseason surgery...