Found June 17, 2013 on Baseball Hot Corner:
The St.Louis Cardinals are the best team in baseball and their record (44-25) reflects that this season. They also have a great pitching staff that is led by their ace pitcher Adam Wainwright and a couple of rookie pitchers in Shelby Miller, Michael Wacha and Tyler Lyons. The one common theme that all great teams have is a catcher that can call a great game and handle the variety of pitchers on a staff. St.Louis has the best one in baseball and that is  Yadier Molina. Molina has always been a great defensive catcher, but his offensive skills needed time to mature. The time is now, because he has established himself as the most complete catcher in the game of baseball. He blocks everything in front of him and you rarely see a ball get past him in a game. The pitchers have confidence that if they throw a breaking pitch in the ground, he will be able to keep the ball in front of him. The other aspect of his game that has improved each year is his offense. Molina leads the NL and is tie...
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