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Bengie Molina leaning toward retiring after the World Series

Oct 27, 2010, 10:15 AM EST

Texas Rangers' Bengie Molina hits a two out three run home run as New York Yankees' Francisco Cervelli waits for the ball during the sixth inning during Game 4 of their Major League Baseball ALCS playoff series in New York Reuters

Bengie Molina is in the unique position of getting a World Series ring even if the Rangers lose, as the veteran catcher spent the first half of the season with the Giants before being traded on July 1.

He’s guaranteed some new jewelry and will pad his wallet with a playoff share from both teams, but Molina told reporters yesterday that he’s leaning toward retiring following the series:

It’s more a yes than a no right now. I’m not saying for sure because something can happen in the winter and it can get worked out. But as for now, yes.

Molina wasn’t able to secure a multi-year deal as a free agent last winter and at age 36 would likely have to settle for another one-year pact this time around, but he’d certainly be able to find at least a part-time gig for 2011. However, for all the talk about the importance of his veteran leadership and impact on the Rangers there may not be many starting jobs available for an incredible slow 36-year-old who hit .249/.297/.326.

I’d miss being able to watch a big leaguer with the same body type as me, but one upside to Molina retiring is that it would create a job opening for other Molina brothers who haven’t yet had an opportunity to join the family business of catching big-league pitchers. Bengie, Yadier, and Jose have been hogging all the gigs, but I’m assuming there are at least a dozen more Molina brothers somewhere with equally strong throwing arms and equally molasses-like gaits.

  1. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Oct 27, 2010 at 10:43 AM

    There’s no better way to walk away from the show than in Bengie’s position now.

    • jasonc2300 - Oct 27, 2010 at 11:17 AM

      Actually, he’s running. It just looks like he’s walking.

      • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Oct 27, 2010 at 11:18 AM

        Ice cold, man!

      • Utley's Hair - Oct 27, 2010 at 12:05 PM

        No. You know when he’s running–and it isn’t pretty.

  2. pisano - Oct 28, 2010 at 9:33 AM

    Either way , he should consult with Jenny Craig .

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