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Fantasy Update

Nov 29, 2016
Rotoworld
Yadier Molina has committed to play for his native Puerto Rico at the upcoming World Baseball Classic.
Viva El Birdos Nov 30, 2016

Cardinals News and Notes: Lou, Yadi, Kelly, and Turner

Yesterday’s VEB Here’s everything you missed yesterday at VEB: A defense of Cardinals Hall of Famer Lou Brock: Craig takes on those who say Lou Brock shouldn’t be in the Hall of Fame. The Cardinals should bid big on Justin Turner: I actually wrote this a month ago, but with the news that the Cardinals have interest in Justin Turner, Craig pulled it back up to the front page. A mutually beneficial time share for Yadier Molina, Carson Kelly: Joe makes the case that there’s enough playing time for Yadi and Carson Kelly to be on the Opening Day roster in 2017. Yadi to play in World...
Viva El Birdos Nov 29, 2016

Yadier Molina will catch for Puerto Rico in World Baseball Classic - A Hunt and Peck

and also some info on his contract situation After setting career highs in games played, innings caught, and plate appearances in 2016, Yadier Molina is not quite finished yet. On Monday it was announced the thirty-four year old catcher will play for Puerto Rico in the 2017 World Baseball Classic. Per Jon Morosi of mlb.com: For now, Molina will prepare to help lead a Puerto Rican team expected to include young stars Francisco Lindor, Carlos Correa and Javier Baez. Molina's legendary acumen behind the plate was especially evident in the 2013 WBC, when he guided a largely unproven Puerto...
Viva El Birdos Nov 29, 2016

A mutually beneficial timeshare for Yadier Molina, Carson Kelly

Carson Kelly should open the 2017 season with the big-league Cardinals. One week after being designated for assignment, we now know that the Brayan Pena “era” is officially over in Saint Louis, as the 34-year-old catcher has been granted his unconditional release. Last offseason, general manager John Mozeliak tried once again to acquire even minimal value from an aging free agent on a two-year, $5 million contract. Unfortunately, the results were almost identical to the Ty Wigginton contract, as the Pena contract failed to even reach its second year (both players still got paid, but the...
Viva El Birdos Nov 18, 2016

Cardinals news and notes: Carson Kelly, base running, El Gallo

It’s MVP voting season which means we are all missing Albert Pujols (plus news and notes). Kris Bryant won a much-deserved 2016 NL MVP award yesterday by receiving 29 of the 30 first place votes. The only Cardinal to receive votes was Yadier Molina who got a couple of 10th place votes, but this marked the third straight year that a Cardinal didn’t finish in the top five, and the second straight year without a top-ten finish (Adam Wainwright finished 8th in 2014). Winning games and making the playoffs is vital to the cultivation of a fan base but so is elite talent. Albert Pujols was...
Viva El Birdos Nov 17, 2016

Carson Kelly continues emergence as heir to Yadier Molina

Over the last 12 years, there has been one constant presence donning the Birds on the Bat. If Adam Wainwright is the first player to come to mind, you are not technically wrong as he made his Major League debut with the Cardinals in 2005, but given he has missed nearly two full seasons due to injury (and subsequent rehabilitation), “constant” is not exactly accurate. The presence I speak of is none other than the 34-year-old Yadier Molina, a fixture behind home plate for roughly 130 games per season. Based on Molina’s 2016 numbers — he achieved a career high in games played (147),...

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