Yadier Molina continues to cement his place in St. Louis Cardinals history.
Last night, the longtime St. Louis Cardinals backstop tied Jim Edmonds for 11th all-time for extra base hits in Redbird history with 486. There has been a lot of coverage for Yadier Molina, especially on Redbird Rants, recently.
His defensive prowess is one thing, but his bat has proved very impressive over the last several seasons. Molina is one of the greatest to ever wear a Cardinal uniform.
He will undoubtedly take clear hold of number 11 for extra base hits. After all, he needs just one. The next spot is held by Ted Simmons at 541. It will still be awhile, if he can get there. Regardless, Molina is still among some of the best company in St. Louis Cardinals history.
One stat that is well within reach, is games played in a Cardinal uniform. Molina just passed the late, great, Red Schoendienst by playing in 1796 games. That put Yadi in the top five in team history. The next spot is 24 games away, held by Enos Slaughter.
We are lucky enough to be seeing the great Cardinal of this generation. His legacy will be at the top of the charts. He is tenth in hits, ninth in doubles, tenth in RBIs, and twelfth in total bases. That is a great career.
The thing is, Molina can still climb. He’s already cemented himself in St. Louis Cardinals lore, and his career is not over yet. The way he is aging, it might not be over for quite awhile.
Where Else Can He Climb?
Molina trails Jim Bottomley by two doubles to tie for eighth in Cardinals history. In 13 RBI’s to tie Ray Lankford for ninth in history. He is also under 100 hits away from moving up to ninth in hits.
The fact remains that Molina is top ten in St. Louis Cardinals history in a lot of different stats. He is the best catcher in team history, and is undoubtedly in the conversation for MLB history. I repeat, we are lucky to have him.