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Bengie Molina leaves Cardinals to join Rangers coaching staff

Nov 12, 2013, 12:46 PM EDT

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, who spent this past season as the Cardinals’ assistant hitting coach, has joined the Rangers’ staff as a first base coach and catching instructor.

Molina finished his 13-year playing career with the Rangers in 2010, appearing in 57 games for Texas after coming over from San Francisco in a midseason trade. He served as their primary catching during the World Series run.

(Also: I know it’s silly, but the notion of Bengie Molina being in charge of some aspect of a team’s baserunning does make me chuckle.)

  1. paperlions - Nov 12, 2013 at 12:52 PM

    That is pretty funny. Imagine him if he was the 3B coach, if he would only send guys on balls he could score on, that may mean he would only send runners on a 400 ft fly ball.

    Now, I could see him screaming “BACK!” when a guy ventures some crazy distance from first, like 5 ft.

  2. proudlycanadian - Nov 12, 2013 at 1:49 PM

    I am sure that Bengie has at least 1 stolen base in his carer. As a former catcher, he knows how to defend the running game and this knowledge might help him as a first base coach.

    • cohnjusack - Nov 12, 2013 at 2:06 PM

      You were close! He has 3 steals in his career (10 attempts).

      Shockingly, Yadi has 42, culminating with 12 steals in 15 attempts in 2012. I’ve seen him run, and I frankly have no idea how that is possible.

      • ptfu - Nov 12, 2013 at 5:34 PM

        Even more shockingly, Jose Molina has 17 SBs. That’s some kind of miracle, as Jose makes Yadier look like a track star. Furthermore, this was the third consecutive season in which Jose stole multiple bases. Dude is sneaky fast.

  3. NYTolstoy - Nov 12, 2013 at 2:23 PM

    ah Bengie I loved this guy when he played. Always felt he had to much pressure playing for the hitless giants at the time. Always good with the bat and great with the pitching staff. Much love Mo Mo

  4. sfm073 - Nov 12, 2013 at 3:30 PM

    Yadi strictly steals off the pitcher, he does what any player could do if they weren’t lazy.

  5. natsattack - Nov 12, 2013 at 5:40 PM

    According to Fangraphs, from 2000, his first full year to 2010, he had the worst BsR, and presumably the 2nd worst TOOTBLAN.

  6. cur68 - Nov 12, 2013 at 6:22 PM

    Glad MLB is replete with Molinas. Can’t have too many.

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