Fans of Yadi Molina … possibly … found it worth the wait Tuesday night to watch the end of Northern Illinois/Toledo game to finally catch the Golden Glove Show on ESPN2.
It could be said Molina won the award this year for just being Yadi!
The Baseball Tonight people lamented that he didn’t pick off a lot runners this season. I would venture to say he kept a lot of runners from taking off because … well … he’s Yadi!
According to Rick Hummel of the Post Dispatch:
Molina didn’t have his usual numbers in throwing out runners this season, nabbing just 15 of 60 who tried. But he committed only five errors in 927 chances as a catcher for a .995 fielding average and he picked off two runners, giving him a major-league high of 39 pickoffs since 2004.
Mike Thompson, senior vice president of marketing for the St. Louis-based Rawlings Sporting Goods Company, said Molina, a Rawlings staff member, “is without question the best defensive catcher in baseball. That is undeniable. I know the voting was tabulated before the World Series, but his stock certainly rose in the World Series.”
Molina’s caught stealing on Texas’ Ian Kinsler in the first inning of Game 7 prevented the Rangers from putting together a bigger inning than just two runs as the Cardinals scored a 6-2 victory for their 11th world championship.
Pitcher Kyle Lohse, third baseman Daniel Descalso and left fielder Matt Holliday were also nominated for Gold Gloves.
This was Dirty Dan’s first full year in the majors and he didn’t even have a lot of playing time but played a major role when David Freese became injured. Big congratulations for being nominated Dan!
Voting was done by MLB coaches and managers under the condition they could not vote for anybody on their team.
Miranda Remaklus is lead St. Louis Cardinals contributor for Aaron Miles’ Fastball. She’s also senior reporter for Aerys Offsides in the NFL section. Follow her on Twitter, @missmiranda.