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Bengie Molina accepts offer to become Cardinals’ assistant hitting coach

Dec 14, 2012, 2:56 PM 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

Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com passes along word that Bengie Molina said during an MLB Network Radio interview today that he’s accepting the Cardinals’ offer to become their assistant hitting coach.

Molina is Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina‘s older brother and will work alongside John Mabry, who was promoted from assistant hitting coach to replace Mark McGwire as primary hitting coach following McGwire’s move to the Dodgers.

This will be Molina’s first coaching gig after a 13-year career with the Angels, Giants, Blue Jays, and Rangers during which he hit .274 with a .718 OPS,

  1. okwhitefalcon - Dec 14, 2012 at 2:59 PM

    Maybe he can also be a righthanded bat off the bench!!

    Oh, wait…

    • paperlions - Dec 14, 2012 at 3:20 PM

      Damn, you beat me to it.

  2. albertmn - Dec 14, 2012 at 3:47 PM

    What makes someone a good hitting coach? Some of the hitting coaches were very good hitters, while some were decent, but not great hitters. I realize that coaching takes a different skill set than actually hitting. But, I’m curious how some make that transition and some don’t.

    I think it would be an interesting bit, during the dark winter dead spots for baseball, for one of the bloggers to take a look at the hitting coaches in MLB and compare how well they actually hit when they played.

    • ptfu - Dec 14, 2012 at 6:59 PM

      To take that a step further, the hitting coaches should be evaluated as hitting coaches too. How did the players do without the coach, and how did they do with him?

      Then see how well success as a hitting coach correlates with success as a hitter.

    • albertmn - Dec 14, 2012 at 8:31 PM

      I have to assume being a coach (hitting or otherwise) has more to do with observing and then being able to relate to players what you are seeing. Also, I would think you would need to have an open mind, as what works for one player isn’t what works for another player.

  3. missingdiz - Dec 14, 2012 at 4:37 PM

    I’m no expert. But catchers must spend a lot of time observing hitters and thinking about how to get them out. It doesn’t seem like such leap to use that experience to try to help them get on.

  4. stex52 - Dec 14, 2012 at 6:04 PM

    I started to really snark. Something like “base stealing coach.” But I looked at BRef. He didn’t walk nearly enough, but he also didn’t strike out too much either. And in his best years he was average, which is good for a catcher. Add that to the argument above about observing hitters so much and maybe this makes sense.

    I know catchers often make good pitching coaches.

    • cur68 - Dec 14, 2012 at 7:12 PM

      He’s a Molina. That’s good enough.

  5. miketreedy - Dec 14, 2012 at 7:38 PM

    The fact that Molina was able to hit for the cycle as a Ranger while weighing about 300 lbs show’s he was a damn good hitter.

  6. hushbrother - Dec 14, 2012 at 9:15 PM

    Jeez, Bengie, why not keep playing? Some team would surely take you on as a backup catcher, and you’d make a hell of a lot more money than you would coaching.

  7. Carl Hancock - Dec 14, 2012 at 10:17 PM

    Bengie had been the best hitter out of the Molina Brothers for most of their careers until Yadi came into his own the last few years. I still don’t understand how Bengie ended up out of the game the way he did. His career came to an abrupt end after being a solid hitter at a position where it’s not the norm.

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