Bengie Molina Still Thinking Retirement

With a World Series ring and two Gold Gloves, Bengie Molina doesn't have much left to prove where hardware is concerned. Yet it still surprised many, including Molina's then-manager Bruce Bochy, when the 36-year-old announced in May that he would likely retire at the end of the season. At the time, Bochy dismissed the prediction as "posturing" in the midst of the veteran's uprooting by Buster Posey, but Molina has held firm through the end of the season.

"I'd like to say [I'm coming back], but the way this year is going, I think it's going to be my last year," Molina told the Spanish Baseball Network's Rolando Nichols (link and video in Spanish) in late September. Pressed for details, Molina added a few disclaimers and plenty of shrugs, saying, "I'm not sure. If someone needs me and they want me to play, for the right price, why not? I can play. I'm still in good shape."  It bears mentioning that Molina was trolling for a two-year deal last winter, though he didn't like what he found and ended up accepting a one-year, $4.5MM deal with the Giants. After putting up a .249/.297/.326 combined line with the Giants and Rangers this season, with his fewest innings in five years and fewer home runs and RBIs than in any season since the millenium, Molina could have trouble finding that kind of payday again.


8 Responses to Bengie Molina Still Thinking Retirement Leave a Reply

  1. stl_cards16 5 years ago

    I wonder if Bengie would take a backup job to play with his brother? The Cardinals are in need of a backup and could use a little pop off the bench. Also someone that could take on a few more innings so Yadi doesn’t have to play so much.

    Yadi is the ladies Albert in St. Louis. He is honestly as popular as anyone on the team in St. Louis. I can’t see him leaving, especially if his defense stays as good as it has been. The Cardinals always prefer the great defensive catcher to an offensive minded one…Pagz, Matheny, Yadi

    • Lanidrac 5 years ago

      There’s no reason why the Cards wouldn’t let Bryan Anderson and Matt Pagnozzi fight for the job in Spring Training. It’s time that at least one of them gets a consistent chance in the Majors, and it will save $.5-1M or so to help improve more critical areas of the roster.

    • Lanidrac 5 years ago

      There’s no reason why the Cards wouldn’t let Bryan Anderson and Matt Pagnozzi fight for the job in Spring Training. It’s time that at least one of them gets a consistent chance in the Majors, and it will save $.5-1M or so to help improve more critical areas of the roster.

  2. Reaper87 5 years ago

    did bengie just say “I’m still in good shape”? guess he’s gonna shoot for the moon on a new contract again. man just doesn’t get it

  3. showmejoe 5 years ago

    He will re-sign with Stl, especially if Albert is still there, they are good buddies. Yadi is definitely a super fan favorite, his jersey is one of the hardest to find in St Louis.

  4. Chomaru 5 years ago

    trolling? really?

  5. TeamCropDusters 5 years ago

    If it means the Rangers don’t re-sign him then by all means retire.

    PS: Thanks for the semi clutch playoff hits this year. I just prefer catchers under the 300 lbs mark.

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