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Cardinals offer assistant hitting coach job to Bengie Molina

Dec 4, 2012, 8:48 PM EDT

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Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has the scoop:

The Cardinals will offer Bengie Molina the role of assistant hitting coach. The move will allow him to join, for the first time in their major-league careers, his younger brother Yadier on the same team. Molina, 38, last played in 2010, ending a career that included two Rawlings Gold Glove Awards.

John Mabry served in that assistant role this summer and then got promoted to hitting coach when Mark McGwire took the Dodgers’ job last month to be closer to his family. Since then, Mabry has been working with manager Mike Matheny to fill his old position.

And they’ve settled on a guy with zero coaching experience but who would obviously be received well by at least one key member of the St. Louis clubhouse.

Goold says “any announcement will come after the Winter Meetings” conclude in Nashville, Tennessee.

  1. fuggles7 - Dec 4, 2012 at 8:58 PM

    And he could also serve as the Cardinals basestealing coach as well!!!

  2. cur68 - Dec 5, 2012 at 12:24 AM

    And the Molina Hegemony lives on.

    • stex52 - Dec 5, 2012 at 8:36 AM

      A catcher for a hitting coach?? What’s next? A DH for a fielding coach? A catcher for a base-stealing coach?

      It’s dogs living with cats all over the world!

      • shynessismyelguapo - Dec 5, 2012 at 10:36 PM

        Or a catcher for a pitching coach!

  3. thetylerrose - Dec 5, 2012 at 4:03 AM

    Love Bengie! I lost my cell phone in a cab many years ago in Baltimore. Bengie apparently was the next one in the cab and went to the effort to call “Mom & Dad” from the contacts and arranged to have the phone picked up at his hotel. Great guy!!!

    • stlouis1baseball - Dec 5, 2012 at 2:46 PM

      Great Story Tyler. I bet your parents were caught off guard answering the phone with Bengie Molina on the other end.

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