Feb 13, 2014; Jupiter, FL, USA; St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina (4) takes the practice field during spring training at Roger Dean Stadium. Image Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Yadier Molina continues to lead the St. Louis Cardinals


Yadier Molina is not just the face of the St. Louis Cardinals but also a second manager on the field due to his position behind the plate. There’s a reason why so many catchers become managers after their playing days and I would not be surprised if Molina were to go in that route after his playing career ends.


Molina believes that he “can do better” according to an article in the St. Louis Post Dispatch. Of the 2014 Cardinals, the catchers says “it’s the best team that I’ve been a part of when you look at it on paper.”

Molina’s career has ascended so much in recent years that he’s drawn comparisons to former teammate Albert Pujols, including from his own manager, Mike Matheny.

“When I came back (to the Cardinals’ organization) I kept noticing that relentlessness in Yadi,” Matheny said. “That was something that always stood out to me about Albert. … I think (Molina) was adopting it. That kind of intensity mixed with that kind of skill — that drive is pretty rare. You have drive for contracts. You have drive for this or that. You have drive for the accolades. That never seemed to be his drive. There was always something higher.”

Meanwhile, the Cardinals will get their first look this spring at first round draft pick Marco Gonzales, who is a non-roster invitee to Spring Training.

Former closer Jason Isringhausen hopes to be a roving pitching instructor with the Cardinals system.

The Cardinals expect to honor New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter when the two teams play each other at Busch Stadium in May.

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