Bengie Molina To Retire After Season?

MONDAY, 2:19pm: FOX Sports' Jim Bowden tweets that Giants manager Bruce Bochy says Molina was just posturing.

SATURDAY, 8:37pm: Giants catcher Bengie Molina says that he will likely call it a career in the majors after the 2010 campaign, tweets Sean Farnham of FOX Sports Radio.  Molina added that he is unhappy with the way the Buster Posey situation has been handled.

The news is surprising considering Molina's play so far this season.  The 35-year-old is hitting .344/.403/.422 in 72 plate appearances.  With that kind of offensive production, it's hard to imagine that the veteran really wants to retire.

A shade over two weeks ago, Molina expressed his frustrations with how his free agency played out this offseason.  After turning down a $5.5MM offer from the Mets, Molina ultimately chose to stay in San Francisco for $1MM less.  While his 80 RBIs impressed some, his .265/.285/.442 slash line didn't lead to a multiyear offer.


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37 Comments on "Bengie Molina To Retire After Season?"


Yankees10
5 years 4 months ago

This one I highly doubt happening.

Guest
5 years 4 months ago

The Posey situation?

counciltucky
5 years 4 months ago

If Molina is unhappy with the Giants getting ready to have Buster Posey take over as catcher, he could have signed with the Mets. He knew what he was getting into; he knew Posey was about ready.

5 years 4 months ago

Good point but you can put Posey at first base with Huff. …and if the Moron who tweeted would elaborate, we wouldn’t be guessing what the situation with Posey is according to Molina.

5 years 4 months ago

Good point but you can put Posey at first base with Huff. …and if the Moron who tweeted would elaborate, we wouldn’t be guessing what the situation with Posey is according to Molina.

Suzysman
5 years 4 months ago

First a week or so ago he is unhappy about turning down a contract that would have made him one of the higher paid catchers in the game; still signing a deal way up there for catchers. Now he is unhappy with the Posey situation and is threatening to retire?

Drama Queen much, Bengie?

5 years 4 months ago

I don’t think there’s anyway he retires. What is he now 34 or something, obviously he isn’t in his prime, and Posey probably didn’t help the situation, but he can still be an average offensive catcher and a very good defensive catcher for maybe the mets

5 years 4 months ago

hes just saying this for upcoming FA attention. believe me, i know. because of the posey situation, he’ll retire from the giants, not retire from the MLB

5 years 4 months ago

Good point. Couldn’t have said it better myself.

rainyperez
5 years 4 months ago

can’t wait for the media attention that this is going to receive in the Bay Area. Ratto & Co are going to have a field day with this one…

calsnowskier
5 years 4 months ago

I have said it before, I will say it again…

Bengie is dead to me. I will never forgive him for his “injury” last year in the pennant drive.

aap212
5 years 4 months ago

If he’s unhappy with the Posey situation, how do you think Posey felt all offseason and spring?

5 years 4 months ago

bye bye bengie

5 years 4 months ago

Don’t believe this dudes BS, he can’t even spell Bengie correctly. Molina is fine in SF, no doubt frustrated about free agency but the Posey situation? There is no situation, yet. Look at the numbers, the Giants are more likely to replace Huff then Molina with Posey.

aap212
5 years 4 months ago

Because Sabean is too dumb to understand positional value? If the Giants do anything but call up Posey and play him at catcher, they’re molesting their own future. And present.

daveinexile
5 years 4 months ago

“they’re molesting their own future. And present.”

Well that is Sabean Era Giants way after all.

BradyAndersonsSideburns
5 years 4 months ago

While his 80 RBIs likely impressed Joe Morgan, his .265/.285/.442 slash line apparently didn’t impress teams around the majors.

I love the jab at Morgan, absolutely hilarious

basemonkey
5 years 4 months ago

I don’t think he’s quite done yet.

Though what are we really talking about? He’s had a good start of the year, but it can very quickly drop to what you’d expect a 35 yr old catcher sags down to by August. How many years does he really have in him left? A year? Maybe 2? Probably at diminishing returns and more prominent role as a backup? Does anyone here think he’s going to be a starting catcher for a significant amount of seasons approaching age 40?

Maybe Benji is just cogent enough to be the type of player who wants to leave his playing days on his own terms? He has that right.

basemonkey
5 years 4 months ago

That being said, I can understand why Benji might feel like he’s earned the kind of respect that proven MLB veterans warrant, which he has. And, not being so favorably treated by the Giants might rub that respect the wrong way. Though he should know that once you leave the original team that brought you to the show, you never get treated with the same kind of regard, and he’s standing in the path of one of those bright young homegrown players that will get a plenty of that special treatment.

You can’t have it both ways. If you leave for the money, don’t expect the same kind of care.

JerseyJohn32190
5 years 4 months ago

LOL @ the Joe Morgan joke.

55saveslives
5 years 4 months ago

Bengie has been solid for the Giants but his constant whining is too much! Hey Beng, how about the 23 million dollars the Giants paid you, setting up you and your family to live comfortably for the rest of your lives???

I can’t wait for Posey!!

timmah_55
5 years 4 months ago

I like how the report comes from a reporter down in L.A. Way to create drama and instigate while the Dodgers are in last place and the Giants are in contention.

toptimrubies
5 years 4 months ago

Enjoy it while you can.

5 years 4 months ago

Fox is a national news source. Even as such, remember he spent the vast majority of his good years with the Angels, so it could have been a nod to the fans he still has down here.

5 years 4 months ago

Fox is a national source. I don’t consider it news.

This whole report is bunk, and isn’t being picked up by any other news sources. The quotations are entirely contrary to other comments on record by Molina at the end of last season and the start of this season regarding Posey’s development. I know Bengie’s a bit of a drama queen at times, but I call serious BS on this article. After all, why is an LA reporter breaking this two weeks after a SoCal roadtrip, rather than by a local journalist? It reeks of the same brand of irresponsible journalism as HOWARD 4 PUJOLS.

vtadave
5 years 4 months ago

I’m still trying to figure out what the “Posey situation” is..

If it referes to the Giants blowing millions on an overpaid veteran while blocking a better, younger elite prospect then I guess I understand the “situaion”.

55saveslives
5 years 4 months ago

You fail to understand that baseball is a BUSINESS. If they brought Posey up he could easily reach Super 2 status which would cost the Giants more than the salary Bengie is making now.

Currently Bengie is doing great and Posey is learning from a great manager in AAA in Steve Decker.

Win/Win for the Giants.

jxavier
5 years 4 months ago

Why don’t they trade him to the Red Sox since they need a good defensive catcher?

grape
5 years 4 months ago

Bengie’s CS% at 17% is just a shade better than V-Mart’s.

WillieMaysField
5 years 4 months ago

Molina has only thrown out 3 runners in 18 attempts. He’s not any better than the current option’s the sox have.

kwgee0202
5 years 4 months ago

Giant’s pitching does hold runners well, I mean every time I listen or watch the game teams are just running and running on the pitching staff.

kwgee0202
5 years 4 months ago

It’s not Bengie’s fault

marksutton
5 years 4 months ago

Bengie will be fine and will be the Giants starting catcher for the rest of the year. Bochy loves veterans. Posey may be brought up in June or so but only to be a two-day per week back up and a 1st baseman against left-handed pitchers. Bengie always hits best when he has his legs anyway and a Posey option will allow him to do that. Bengie may even be back next year if Posey does not hit well in the majors.