Hours after the legendary Puerto Rican catcher Yadier Molina reach an agreement to stay an additional year with the St. Louis Cardinals, The Doradeño announced that he will say goodbye to baseball as soon as the season of 2022 concludes.
The announcement was made by the 39-year-old on Wednesday through a press conference via zoom with the San Luis media.
“Yes, yes, it will be my last season,” Molina said when speaking about the contract extension offered by the Cardinals management.
“I want to end up here in this great organization.”
It’s enough. It’s been a long race
Molina and the Cardinals yesterday reached a deal for the 2022 season valued at $ 10 million. In this way, Molina would end his career with 19 seasons in the Cardinals uniform.
The Puerto Rican catcher would put an end to a spectacular career that, by all accounts, will lead him to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
“That’s what I want to do. That’s what my agent and I came to San Luis to tell them: ‘I want to stay here. We want to make it clear this year, “said Molina in information published by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
With San Luis, Molina has been an All-Star 10 times and has won the Gold Glove nine times. In addition, he owns two World Series title rings.
Molina is considered one of the best receivers of his generation. Many baseball connoisseurs rank him as a sure Hall of Famer.
Yesterday, Molina’s agent, Melvin Román, had advanced to The new day that the intention was to finish his career in San Luis.
“It is excellent and exciting for Yadier that he will have the opportunity to end his career where he started … with the same organization in 2000,” Roman said Tuesday.
In 18 seasons, Molina is a career .280 hitter with 168 home runs and 983 RBIs.
He averages .995 defensively for life and has a 40% percentage of running backs shot in attempted robbery.
This season, Molina is hitting .259 with eight homers and 51 RBIs. He has participated in 95 challenges.
When Molina was asked why he decided to hang up his implements, the Puerto Rican only said with a smile “It’s enough. It has been a long career ”.