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ST. LOUIS -- As the national profile of Yadier Molina climbs into the superstar stratosphere, manager Mike Matheny has a reaction that many Cardinals fans can relate to.
"What's taken so long," Matheny asks.
Matheny, of course, has long extolled the virtues of the 29-year-old catcher. The skipper sees Molina handle the Cardinals' pitching staff like a coach. He sees Molina shut down running games, turn balls into strikes with his pitch framing and block bouncers in the dirt. And oh yeah, he sees Molina with the best batting average in the National League, .353 going into Tuesday night's game at Houston.
Now the rest of the baseball world seems to be catching on to what Matheny has seen for years.
The two latest examples of Molina's rising stardom:
-- He moved past Buster Posey into first place in All-Star balloting by the fans. Molina not only leads Posey, the N.L. MVP, at the catcher position, Molina has collected more votes than any player in the National League.
-- In an informal poll published by the Boston Globe Sunday, Molina was chosen as the No. 1 player in the game. The Globe asked 30 "baseball people" to name the player they would most want to build a club around, and Molina was the winner in a landslide.
He garnered 14 first-place votes, with Posey second at five. Troy Tulowitzki, Miguel Cabrera and Mike Trout each got two votes. With one vote were Dustin Pedroia, Matt Harvey, Justin Verlander, Manny Machado and Felix Hernandez.
"Normally, I would go for the power-hitting shortstop," one scout told the Globe. "(Alex Rodriguez) was always my choice years ago. Troy Tulowitzki is another guy right up on my list, except that Tulo can't seem to stay healthy. Don't get me wrong, I'd love to have Trout and Machado on my team but when you have a catcher who can do what Molina can do and how he impacts that team, I think he's the guy right now."
He's not the only one to think so, either, at last.
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The Major League Baseball All-Star game is approaching and it is time to look at who should be on the roster. With the best record and the best run differential in baseball, the St. Louis Cardinals figure to be well represented at the midsummer classic. This is an analysis of which Cardinal position players should make the team, with a look at the...
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Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch watched the situation unfold.
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Jordan Swagerty, St. Louis Cardinals second-round pick of the 2010 MLB draft, was one of
the team's top pitching prospects prior to his injury in 2012. When going to
monitor his elbow pain, team doctors found bone spurs but also decided to
proactively perform Tommy John surgery to help prevent any possible future
injury as well.
been on the road to recovery...
ST. LOUIS (AP) Adam Wainwright lost the lead in the seventh, and then he lost his temper.
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Hearing manager Mike Matheny's assessment that he'd been "laboring...
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The right-handed pitcher will be assigned to the Omaha Storm Chasers, the Royals' Triple-A affiliate.
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The Cardinals are 12-11 in June
And are 1 game up on the Pirates for the NL Central lead (2.5 on the Reds).
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