Originally written on Redlegs Review  |  Last updated 11/16/14
Reds fans know Yadier Molina very well. The St. Louis Cardinals All-Star catcher has been a thorn in the side of various Reds teams for years. He is also the target of loud boos every time he steps to the plate at Great American Ball Park. The hostile treatment undoubtedly stems from the incident in 2010 where he and Brandon Phillips got into it before sparking an infamous bench-clearing brawl. But what if I told you that Cincinnati's public enemy No. 1 was almost a member of the Reds? It's true. According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, there was a time when Molina honestly believed he would join the Reds. In the weeks leading up to the 2000 amateur draft, the Reds could already see the potential in a young catcher from Puerto Rico named Yadier Molina, so they decided to invite him to the Queen City for a series of workouts leading up to the draft, along with several other players they were targeting. Molina accepted and made the long trek from his native co...
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