The St. Louis Cardinals’ All-Time 28-Man Roster
Yadier Molina already has won the last seven Gold Glove Awards at catcher in the National League. Should he share the wealth in 2015? Um, no. Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports
Catcher – Yadier Molina
Now, if you are an older fan of the team, you may be saying, “hey young man, what about Ted Simmons? He hit 172 home runs in thirteen seasons with the Cardinals!!” I understand that completely, Simmons was without a doubt one of the greatest players to ever don a Cardinals’ uniform, and we will discuss that later.
However, Yadier Molina is without a doubt the greatest catcher to ever wear the Cardinals’ uniform. He is worth an all time 20.3 defensive wins above replacement (dWAR) at catcher and holds a lifetime caught stealing percentage of 44%, which is really good.
The offense may not have always been great for Molina, but it has been steady for most of his career, and the offense is only a plus. The attention to detail he has with his pitchers, his arm, and his insane ability to block anything in the dirt all make him one of if not the best defensive catchers of all time.
Molina has now won eight consecutive gold glove awards and has received four out of five NL platinum gloves since Rawlings started handing out the award in 2010. It goes without saying that Molina should without a doubt be a hall of fame player when he decides to hang it up.
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