Originally posted on Fangraphs  |  Last updated 2/28/12
The eldest of the flying Molina trio, Bengie Molina officially hung up his cleats Monday, though technically they hadn’t been used in well over a year. And while the news of his retirement flew under the radar a bit — perhaps due to not playing in over a year, and perhaps because it was overshadowed by Yadi’s extension — today we’ll try provide an adequate appreciation for just how good he was over his 13-year career. First, a bit of a humorous note, as Baseball Reference lists Molina at 5’11’’ and 190 pounds. Does this look like 190 pounds? We have him listed here at FanGraphs at 5’10’’ and 233, respectively. I certainly am in no position to gloat, but that’s probably a bit more accurate, no? But I digress. To look too deeply at a catcher’s WAR can be a bit disingenuous, considering catchers and WAR can have a relationship like cats and vacuum cleaners. Indeed not an outright dislike, but perhaps not an exact appreciation for the other’s true talents, especially for those whose careers
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