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Yadier Molina is in, you guessed it, The Best Shape Of His Life

Feb 7, 2012, 12:44 PM EDT

Another day hour, another player in The Best Shape Of His Life.

This one comes from Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post Dispatch:

By our unofficial count, that makes 1,073 reports of a player being in better shape and, well, zero reports of a player being in worse shape. What are the odds!

  1. cur68 - Feb 7, 2012 at 12:50 PM

    Yaddi, FTW, baby! Now that adds some serious mustard to the All BSOL Squad and some defensive talent, which it badly needed. With any luck Yaddi’s been working with Jose to learn some of those ++ framing skills to get the strike calls. Given the BSOL pitchers, they gonna need some help. Looks like the Molina Hegemony has officially begun its conquest of Team BSOL.

    • cardsfanindelaware - Feb 7, 2012 at 1:01 PM

      Looks like Yadi is gonna play his ass off because it is his contract year and the Angels have money to spend and will remove their catcher for Yadi’s talent.

      I guess I will enjoy watching him this year while he still wears the Birds on the Bat jersey.

      • hep3 - Feb 7, 2012 at 3:46 PM

        I don’t think the Molina family would let him sign with the Angels. First, after telling everyone that would listen to him that he was going to test the free agent waters, Benjamin Jose Molina, cried that the Angels showed him no respect by not overpaying for him and he took a one year deal with Toronto. Then Jose Benjamin Molina was upset about riding the pine and was traded to New York for a minor leaguer.

        I think the Molinas are bitter about Scioscia.

  2. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Feb 7, 2012 at 1:07 PM

    I think Joe Strauss was just having a man-crush.

    • proudlycanadian - Feb 7, 2012 at 2:04 PM

      Yada! Yada! Yada!

  3. fatfirstbaseman - Feb 7, 2012 at 1:19 PM

    Frank Stalone?

  4. kopy - Feb 7, 2012 at 1:19 PM

    That awkward moment when more than 25 guys make the team and we have to start designating players in the BSOHL for assignment.

    Official 2012 BSOHL Roster

    Yadier Molina – STL
    Evan Longoria – TB
    Brett Cecil – TOR
    Freddie Freeman – ATL
    Brian Wilson – SFO
    Jason Heyward – ATL
    Casey McGehee – PIT
    Chris Tillman – BAL
    Franklin Gutierrez – SEA
    Miguel Olivo – SEA
    Miguel Cabrera – DET
    Justin Smoak – SEA
    Dexter Fowler – COL
    Jaime Garcia – STL
    Miguel Tejada – FA
    Aubrey Huff – SFO
    Vicente Padilla – BOS
    Carlos Zambrano – MIA
    Yonder Alonso – SD
    Carlos Gutierrez – MIN
    Mark Teixeira – NYY
    Dmitri Young – FA
    Yoenis Cespedes – FA

    Awaiting Confirmation:
    Phil Hughes – NYY
    Bill Hall – FA

    • giselleisasucubus - Feb 7, 2012 at 1:44 PM

      as a Red Sox fan, I am happy to see the only guy on here is Padilla, considering he wont even be able to play because he wont pay child support in his country. Looks like the Sox stuck to the Popeyes chicken diet.

    • proudlycanadian - Feb 7, 2012 at 2:05 PM

      You could go with a full 40 man MLB roster!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. giselleisasucubus - Feb 7, 2012 at 1:43 PM

    looks like he will get hurt. Call me crazy, but every time a guy enters the “best shape of his life” category, typically they get hurt in exhibition games, or preseason in other sports.

  6. spudchukar - Feb 7, 2012 at 1:55 PM

    Yep, Cards fans this will most likely be Molina’s final year in St. Louis. And I for one will be as disappointed by his departure as Pujols’. Primarily because he is so much better than any of his contemporaries. No catcher brings the entire package that he does.

    Prior to his 2012 campaign one could argue that his offensive contributions were a plus to his outstanding defense, but not particularly outstanding. But under the tutelage of McGwire, Molina has begun to adjust from tough out to tough out who can do damage. He is only 29, and look for him to top the 20 HR mark in 2012.

    His 126 OPS+ was only surpassed by one catcher in 2011, Alex Avila.

    But the Cards have not seriously pursued an extension for Molina, nor Wainwright for that matter, although they do have another year to made that happen, talking about 9 mil being their top number which will fall far short of keeping Yadi.

    So the Cards will begin to resemble the Marlins or the Rays, as a team that will be known as sellers as players reach their maximum dollar levels, with a much poorer minor league system. When a team decides that their franchise will adopt a corporate approach, most if not all stars will wear other uniforms in their heyday. Just ask 45-50 year old pension holders who have just had their life savings yanked out from underneath them. It is always quality that suffers, and the consumers (e.g. fans) are sacrificed for profit.

    • thefalcon123 - Feb 7, 2012 at 3:47 PM

      -“. And I for one will be as disappointed by his departure as Pujols’.”

      Are you nuts?

      “He is only 29, and look for him to top the 20 HR mark in 2012.”

      Yes, you are nuts.

      “But the Cards have not seriously pursued an extension for Molina, nor Wainwright for that matter, although they do have another year to made that happen, talking about 9 mil being their top number which will fall far short of keeping Yadi.”

      Wainwright is under contract for $9 next year and $13 million in 2013. Why not wait a year to make sure he comes back from Tommy John just fine before committing a huge extension to him. As for Yadi…most catchers aren’t that great into their 30s. If the Cards get him back on a reasonable deal…great! But it would be silly to overpay for him.

      “So the Cards will begin to resemble the Marlins or the Rays, as a team that will be known as sellers as players reach their maximum dollar levels, with a much poorer minor league system. When a team decides that their franchise will adopt a corporate approach, most if not all stars will wear other uniforms in their heyday.”

      Huh? The Cardinals payroll is about the same as it’s always been. Just because they couldn’t match Pujols’ comically large contract doesn’t mean they’re goiing the Marlins route. Secondly, didn’t they just win the world series a year ago? Isn’t this the same group that committed over $100 to Matt Holliday just a couple of years ago?!?

      “It is always quality that suffers, and the consumers (e.g. fans) are sacrificed for profit.”

      Your right. Just 1 lousy WS title in 2011? The Pain!!!

  7. mute617 - Feb 7, 2012 at 2:45 PM

    Screw Yadier

  8. Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Feb 7, 2012 at 3:12 PM

    Has he added any more bad tattoos this offseason?

  9. Gobias Industries - Feb 7, 2012 at 8:35 PM

    “By our unofficial count, that makes 1,073 [posts] of a player being in better shape and, well, zero [laughs].”

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