Halo Headlines: Rotation overload; ZiPS projections teased

The February 3, 2016 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes a closer look at the team’s overloaded but underwhelming starting rotation, an early glimpse of the team’s 2016 ZiPS projections, and more… The Story: Eight is enough? A look at the Angels’ rotation candidates MWAH Says: Jeff Fletcher breaks down each contender for the Opening Day rotation, concluding that...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Brian McCann Has Never Caught Baseballs Worse than in 2015

Unlike in most jobs, the basic function of a catcher is inherent in the job title. If you tell someone at a cocktail party that you are a Regional Director of Electronics and Advanced Systems Engineering, there is a good chance they won’t know what you do on a day-to-day basis; if you tell them you’re a catcher, even those with no interest in baseball should be able to get...
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January 04, 2016  |  Discuss

Halo Headlines: Molina named catching coordinator, GM meetings start

The November 9, 2015 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes the team hiring an old friend and legendary pitch-framer, the GM meetings kicking off in Florida, and more… The Story: Jose Molina hired as catching coordinator MWAH Says: It sounds like the middle Molina will work with the club’s minor-league catchers, mainly, but he’ll probably get some good time with Carlos...
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November 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Molina rejoining Angels as minor league coordinator position

Catcher Jose Molina spent seven of his 15 years as an MLB player with the Los Angeles Angels, and the club announced recently that he's rejoining the organization as a catching coordinator. The longtime backstop finished his playing career in 2014 after three seasons with the Tampa Bay Rays.'s Alden Gonzalez detailed Molina's new role, which will find him spend time working...
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November 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Cardinals' Lackey gives nod to Yadier as best of catching Molinas

St. Louis Cardinals right-hander John Lackey won't shake off his batterymates when it comes to picking the best catcher among the three Molina brothers. Lackey broke into the majors with the Anaheim Angels as a rookie in 2002 and had the unique situation of pitching to the brother duo of Bengie and Jose Molina. Last year's trade to the Cardinals gave him the opportunity to work with...
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August 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Backup Outfielder J.B. Shuck Plays Crucial Role in 3-2 Victory

ST. PETERSBURG, FL – August 1: J.B. Shuck #3 of the Los Angeles Angels sprints toward home plate to score in front of catcher Jose Molina #28 of the Tampa Bay Rays off of a double by Chris Iannetta during the sixth inning of a game on August 1, 2014 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images) The Chicago White Sox sealed off a 3-2 victory...
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May 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Jose Molina Encourages Christian Vazquez To ‘Be Like (Jason) Varitek’

This embed is invalid" /> Jose Molina had a simple message for Christian Vazquez when the 24-year-old catcher sought his advice over the offseason. It was a pearl of wisdom most Boston Red Sox fans probably appreciate. “In Boston, why did they follow (former catcher/captain) Jason Varitek? Because from Day 1, he earned their respect, so that’s...
March 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Catcher Rene Rivera offers Rays hope at position of need

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Hope for a position that has flummoxed the Tampa Bay Rays in recent years comes in the form of a mild-mannered 31-year-old Puerto Rican, his back straight and chest out while standing near his stall at Charlotte Sports Park, this man a presence who doesn't promise the world but guarantees full effort. "You work hard for having this opportunity," catcher Rene...
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February 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Jose Molina Out Indefinitely After Knee Surgery

According to Jon Morosi of Fox Sports, 39-year-old catcher Jose Molina is undergoing knee surgery that will cause him to be out for a “long, indefinite period”. During the off-season, he hadn’t drawn much interest across the league, so it will be interesting to see if this surgery causes teams to take a chance on him again if he is truly 100% healthy. As an aging catcher whose...
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February 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Travis d’Arnaud’s defense is not an issue…yet

Mets catcher Travis d’Arnaud had a rough go of it in 2014 on both sides of the ball. His early offensive struggles were well documented, as was his demotion and very strong comeback. His great second half went a long way towards putting to bed doubts about his ability to hit at the highest level. His defense, on the other hand, was the main story arc surrounding him heading into...
January 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Of Course Rene Rivera Is Going to the Rays

Last month, not only did the Tampa Bay Rays cut Jose Molina, but, as Jeff detailed, no other Major League team was or has been interested in picking Molina up, even for the smallest of prices. As somebody who has always had their interests piqued by pitch-framing, this tiny morsel of a transaction nonetheless triggered […]
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December 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Rays release Jose Molina and Cole Figueroa, Pirates cut ties with Ramon Cabrer

Getty Images After unsuccessfully trying to trade catcher Jose Molina, the Rays have cut ties with the 39-year-old. Long gone are the days that Molina could contribute anything with the bat but he is still a strong defender and stands a decent chance of landing a backup job somewhere. Molina hit a laughable .178/.230/.187 in 80 games last year. The Rays also cut ties with second...
November 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Rays send Joel Peralta to Dodgers as part of four-player deal

The Tampa Bay Rays traded veteran reliever Joel Peralta and minor-league left-hander Adam Liberatore to the Los Angeles Dodgers as part of a flurry of moves to reach the 40-man roster deadline by midnight Thursday. In sending Peralta and Liberatore to Los Angeles, Tampa Bay received right-hander Jose Dominguez and minor-league right-hander Greg Harris. In addition, infielder Cole...
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November 21, 2014  |  Discuss

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 578: The Free-Agent Contract Over/Under Draft by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam banter about Jose Molina, Pat Venditte, and non-revelatory rumors, then draft free agents whose contracts they expect to be above or below published estimates.
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November 21, 2014  |  Discuss

MLB News: Tampa Bay Rays designate catcher Jose Molina for assignment

With the Rule 5 draft coming up, the 40-man rosters need to be finalized in just a few hours. On Thursday, the Tampa Bay Rays designated veteran catcher Jose Molina for assignment because they needed to make room. This was first reported by Marc Topkin from the Tampa Bay Times. Molina is set to make $2.75-million next season, the end of a two-year deal. The Rays have 10 days to...
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November 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Rays could trade or release Jose Molina, Sean Rodriguez being shopped

Getty Images The Tampa Bay Rays are looking to trade or release catcher Jose Molina this offseason reports Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. While the Rays would obviously prefer to find a trade partner for Molina it will be hard to impossible given his $2.75 million salary. Despite being 39, Molina could still be a useful backup for some teams but coming off a .178/.230/.187...
November 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Rays position analysis: Catcher

The offseason has arrived, and the time has come for the Tampa Bay Rays to study what went right and wrong from a season that ended short of October. In the coming weeks, we'll break down the Rays at each position. The review will include highlights and lowlights for the players who saw a majority of the action there, and we'll touch on the possibility of their returns. This week...
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November 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Cardinals Injury Update: Yadier Molina to have cortisone shot for oblique

With the Cardinals down 2-1 to the San Francisco Giants in the NLCS, All-Star catcher Yadier Molina will attempt a return to action (at the very least as a defensive replacement) and will receive a cortisone shot for his injured oblique, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle.  A.J. Pierzynski caught Game 3 of the NLDS, but Molina was spotted in the bullpen...
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October 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Welcome To Town, Andrew Friedman

Here’s what you need to know about Andrew Friedman: He wrote a farewell letter to a Rays blog. Seriously. Here’s what else you need to know: Everything, probably. I’m guessing that most Dodger fans don’t know much about him other than “guy who made the Rays good without any payroll,” and while that’s not inaccurate, it’s also incomplete. Friedman is 37, married with...
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October 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Rays Injury Update: Jose Molina dealing with sore knee

The Tampa Bay Rays defeated the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday behind a 14-hit attack and shutout pitching from Drew Smyly. The win improved the Rays to 63-65, fourth in the American League West. The Rays were without catcher Jose Molina, due to a sore knee. Curt Casali started for Molina and went 2-for-5 with a run scored. The good news is that Molina's injury does not appear serious...
Via Sports Injury Alert
August 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Jose Molina was so slow he nearly got passed by teammate on home run trot (Video)

Your browser does not support iframes. Who is the slowest player in the major leagues? You don’t even have to think twice. You don’t have to look it up. You just know: it’s Jose Molina. And Molina showed us all on Wednesday that the title is well-deserved. Molina was on first in the top of […]
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August 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Rays’ Kevin Kiermaier Nearly Passes Jose Molina In Home Run Trot (Video)

Major League Baseball’s Molina brothers are known for their superior catching skills but certainly not for their speed. The middle brother, Tampa Bay Rays catcher Jose Molina, proved that Wednesday. During the fourth inning of Tampa Bay’s contest with the Oakland Athletics, outfielder Kevin Kiermaier hit a two-run home run, with Molina on first base. Molina apparently knew it...
August 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Jose Molina almost got lapped by teammate during home run trot (VIDEO)

Jose Molina has never been known for his fleet of foot, but this slow strut around the bases could be confused with a leisurely stroll around the park — literally.During the fourth-inning of Wednesday's Rays-Athletics game, Kevin Kiermaier hit a two-run shot that put Tampa Bay in the lead 3-0. But he had to put the brakes on his home run trot when he almost lapped the chugging...
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August 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Bommarito Automotive Group weekend update

    There are several sports stories and headlines for you to keep up with over the weekend. This Friday in the Bommarito Sports Update we help sift through it all to keep you updated. Some of the key story lines heading into this weekend are ... WRIGLEY WEEKEND The Cardinals visit the Cubs this weekend for a three-game set at Wrigley Field. Watch all the action on FOX Sports Midwest...
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July 24, 2014  |  Discuss

VIDEO: Rays' Jose Molina gets a treat from younger brother Yadier

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July 24, 2014  |  Discuss
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