Catching coach Jose Molina will not return to the Angels’ staff in 2022, MLB Network’s Jon Heyman reports (via Twitter). Molina’s departure could be one of several changes made to the staff, Heyman adds.
The 46-year-old Molina joined the Angels organization as a minor league catching coordinator in 2015 and was added to the big league staff a couple years back. Jose, like brothers Yadier and Bengie, was a fine big league catcher himself, spending parts of 15 years in the Majors — including seven with the Halos. He won a ring with the 2002 Angels and took home a second World Series ring as a member of the 2009 Yankees. In 947 big league games, Molina hit .233/.282/.327 while drawing consistent praise for his defensive prowess and handling of his pitching staffs.
Molina joined the Angels as their minor league catching coordinator just a few weeks after the hiring of general manager Billy Eppler, who was dismissed and replaced by current GM Perry Minasian last winter. It’s not clear yet whether Molina was under contract for the 2022 season, but it’s fairly common for teams to make some changes at this level once a new GM has had a year to acclimate and get a feel for their new organization. Given Molina’s lengthy playing career and six seasons of experience with the Halos in both the big leagues and the minors, it stands to reason that he could find a new opportunity with another organization if he plans to continue coaching.