Molina and ‘Waino’ recorded their 325th start against the Milwaukee Brewers, on a first pitch that he let go, with a lot of class, Christian Yelichso that the Puerto Rican and American would keep the souvenir ball.
With the feat, the Cardinals duo surpassed Mickey Lolich and Bill Freehan, established from 1963-1975 with the Detroit Tigers.
A ‘drummer’ is nothing more than the collective name for a baseball team’s pitcher and catcher. There are currently five of them in the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown: Faber-Schalk (306), Ruffing-Dickey (282), Gomez-Dickey (247), Grove-Cochrane (224) and Ford-Berra (212).
In addition, the three that have the most involving a Latino are Tom Glavine to Javy López (248), Fernando Valenzuela to Mike Scioscia (239) and Cole Hamels to Carlos Ruiz (207), according to ESPN Data.
Where in the story are Molina and ‘Waino’ placed? Will there be someone who surpasses him? And finally… will they both make it to the HOF?
Our experts answer these and more questions.
1. Will there be any ‘drummer’ that breaks the record of ‘Waino’ and Yadi Molina?
No. In times when changing teams in MLB is more common than at-bats, Molina and Wainwright have played 19 and 17 seasons, respectively, together on the St. Louis Cardinals.
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So that we have an idea, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, the duo closest to the record of Molina and ‘Waino’ (325) is that of Kyle Hendricks a Willson Contreras with 105 and record of 62-43. I mean, they’d be 220 starts short of even matching the mark. It is practically impossible for them to break it. So, obviously nothing is impossible in sports, but this duo doesn’t seem like a threat.
follow him Aaron Nola a JT Realmuto (88) and Jack Flaherty to, also, Molina (69), adds Stats & Info. None of those mentioned have a chance. Molina’s case is particular. He was supposed to have retired by now, but he opted to return for one final year with the Cardinals. Possible future Hall of Famer and, without a doubt, the best receiver in the history of the organization. (Joseph E. Bartolomei)
2. Is Molina-Wainwright the best ‘drummer’ in MLB history?
It is a very good battery, but the only thing that proves the record that they just broke is that it is the most stable in history. Placing it among the best just by accumulating numbers can mislead us. I wouldn’t even say that he is the best drummer on the Cardinals.
That honor should go to Bob Gibson with Ted Simmons (both Hall of Famers), or Gibson with Joe Torre. There can be debate even if it is discussed which is the best of the last 20 or 25 years. As the crow flies, Justin Verlander and Iván Rodríguez, Roger Clemens and Jorge Posada o madison bumgarner Y Buster Posey they get into that discussion, with fewer games between them.
But none of that ‘takes the dance off’ Molina and Wainwright, who will surely generate a good discussion for the Hall of Fame in the coming years. If they do get in, it would be great if they get to Cooperstown together. (Hiram Martinez)
3. There are currently five batteries in the HOF: will Molina and Wainwright make it?
Wainwright and Molina not only have the most combinations for a pitcher and a catcher in major league history, but they have also been among the best in their respective fields over the past two decades. Therefore, they have a very good chance of becoming the sixth “drummer” to reach the Cooperstown Hall of Fame.
Let’s go by part: The honor of reaching Cooperstown is individual. That means that Wainwright and Molina will be evaluated on their own merits and rank among the best in history and their era and not as a couple.
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Molina, a winner of nine Gold Gloves and four Platinum Gloves, has amassed 42.3 WAR in his 19-year career with the Cardinals. With that total he ranks 19th all-time among catchers, which ironically is the same number of position two players who have plaques in baseball’s greatest shrine.
Compared to the catchers who are in Cooperstown, Molina is below average WAR (53.7), but you have to remember that the Puerto Rican has been superior in an era with few super dominant receivers and that is a factor that will favor him when be evaluated by voters.
Wainwright (194 wins, 3.35 ERA and 119 ERA+ over 2,500 innings and 17 years) has 47.4 WAR in his career. Amazingly, that’s the average WAR of the 66 Hall of Fame starting pitchers.
In short, Molina and Wainwright have had individual careers that are on the border of what has been required in the past at their respective positions to aspire to be called up by Cooperstown, but both have been above average in the era that it was time to play (Henry Rojas)
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