The St. Louis Cardinals’ catcher made his managerial debut over a week ago. Yesterday, his team won the bronze medal in U-23 championships.
The St. Louis Cardinals were well represented in U-23 championships this past two weeks. The St. Louis Cardinals Yadier Molina, Jose Oquendo, and young shortstop Delvin Perez were all a part of Team Puerto Rico as the competition took place in Panama.
As previously mentioned last week, Molina made his managerial debut and yesterday led his youngsters to a bronze medal in the U-23 championships. They defeated the Dominican Republic yesterday 17-1 in six innings to capture the medal. They also booked their ticket to the 2018 WBSC U-23 World Cup along with the Dominican Republic, Mexico, and Venezuela.
Molina’s team finished the championships with a 6-3 record. Afterwards, Molina had this to say about his player’s efforts in Panama, “I am very happy for the guys and the level that they demonstrated. A medal always makes you happy.”
I think it is safe to say, we will more than likely see Molina return as the U-23 manager for the WBSC World Cup.
Molina’s debut certainly casts speculation on what exactly he will do after his playing days are over. Molina’s three year extension with the St. Louis Cardinals will run until 2020. I am sure by age 38, Molina will have already worked out ho he would like to go out. I am also sure at some point the Cardinals will also have a discussion about keeping him within the organization as a coach in Spring Training.
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He could follow the same route as fellow Puerto Rican Oquendo and serve as a special coach for the team in Florida until he is ready to take the step to managing full-time.
Now, the focus becomes preparing for the upcoming season.
Molina will get some much -eeded rest over the off-season, but some have called for him to also serve as an ambassador for the St. Louis Cardinals in hopes to persuade Giancarlo Stanton to make a move to St. Louis.
If I had to select only one player from the Cardinals to go talk to Stanton, Molina would be my guy hands down.
We also need Molina to get some rest and get ready for the 2018 season. However, for now I say congratulations to Molina and Team Puerto Rico on their bronze medal. They have brought great joy to a country in much need.