Being Yadier Molina's biggest fan, of course I'm going to say that, in my opinion, he is better than Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants catcher. Yadier Molina has deserved every award he has ever gotten, and I believe that he is better and more valuable than Buster Posey. You may or may not agree with my opinion, but it's just what I think.
In 2012, Buster Posey beat out Yadier Molina for the National League MVP award. Posey beat out Molina on batting averages, home runs, RBI's, OPS's, and other stats.
Posey: .336/.408/.549, .957 OPS, 24 HR, 39 2B, 103 RBI.
Molina: .315/.373/.501, .874 OPS, 22 HR, 28 2B, 76 RBI.
Yes, Molina is no match for Posey based on statistics. But value lies in the eye of the beholder. Yadier Molina has true value that cannot be shown on the box score. That true value is his defensive skills behind the plate, his bullet-like throwing arm, his leadership and fairness, his strength, how he tries his best when winning or losing, his modesty, and the fact that he is the best catcher in baseball today.
Yadier Molina's most important factor is his defensive skills behind the plate. Catching is the game's most vital defense position, and Yadier Molina makes it look easy. In 2012, he was awarded his fifth Gold Glove award. He is also the only player ever to be awarded the National League Platinum Glove, and in 2012 he was awarded his second. Yadier Molina is truly tailor-made to catch! He is the 'How-To' book for catchers everywhere! Yadier Molina has deserved every award he has ever gotten, and I believe that he is better and more valuable than Buster Posey. You may or may not agree with my opinion, but it's just what I think.
Yadier Molina's most known skill is his bullet-like throwing arm. He has thrown out the highest percentage number of basestealers to the point where base runners barely want to take a chance to steal. They know how quickly Molina could get them out, and I don't blame them for not running. Molina, on the other hand, has no problem with stealing. Yes, Molina isn't a great runner, but that's besides the point. Nothing stops him. His number of bases stolen increased, stealing 12 bases in the 2012 season and only being caught 3 times. Posey only stole 1.
Yadier Molina resembles a rock behind the plate. Remember the game at PNC Park against the Pittsburgh Pirates on August 28, 2012? Remember Yadier Molina's huge collision with Pittsburgh Pirates Josh Harrison? Josh Harrison collided with Molina at home plate. Molina struggled getting up, seemed dizzy and shaken up. And yet.....he held on to the ball and Harrison was called out. From that hit, most guys would be out of the lineup for awhile. But Molina returned to the lineup within a couple days. That, right there, proves his strength.
Pitcher Adam Wainwright says, "Yadier Molina? Well, I could talk all day about how special he is to this team and to the game. Molina is a beast. He is so reliable. I love pitching most when I know that good old Yadi is right there behind the plate. I think the big thing is that he gives you confidence in many different ways. Guys get on base, you know you can bounce balls. You know you can throw balls to the corner and he makes them look like strikes. He's going to throw guys out. He encourages you at the mound. He makes you believe in your stuff and what you can do by how he talks to you on the mound. A pitcher needs that, and he always supplies."
Yadier Molina is a leader. Despite how modest he is, he can lead his team to greatness. He encourages his other teammates and they look up to him. He is always smiling and laughing and cheering up the team. He classifies the handling of the entire pitching staff. The way he prepares starters and relievers, calls a game, manages and encourages with mound visits, and even frames pitches. He always plays fair, even when it's not a convenience to his team. Yadier Molina's true hidden value is his leadership.
The 2012 season has been one of Yadier Molina's best seasons overall. He has always been one of the game's toughest strikeouts and best situational hitters. What Molina does behind the plate - his ease blocking pitches, his rhythm when calling games, his bullet-like throwing arm - offers more defensive and leadership value than any other player in the game. I can't say that definitively. It's just my opinion.
In an interview with some Mets teammates about the MVP, 5 out of 6 teammates chose Molina for 2012 MVP.
"The elite of the elite," one player called him.
"There's no one even close to comparison," said another.
"Never seen a catcher like him. What an arm! Faster than a bullet! Frankly, I'd like to know how he does it.," the Mets catcher said.
I believe that he is better and more valuable than Buster Posey. He played catcher more often than Posey. He plays catcher like no one else in baseball today. He is a very good hitter who plays the game's most critical position better than anyone else. He has so many skills no catcher can compare to, along with the fact that he truly enjoys playing. He doesn't play for the money or the fame.
Yadier Molina said in his rookie year in 2004, "I love the Cardinals. I wouldn't want to be on any other team. The fans, the stadium, the teammates and managers, everything is amazing here. I love St. Louis. I can't say for sure if I will retire as a Cardinal,
Yadier Molina is a very good hitter. And Buster Posey was, undoubtedly, a better hitter. But that does not offset Molina's defensive advantage! What Yadier Molina brings to the field every day as a defender is better than Posey's proficiency as a hitter and a catcher! No box score or stat sheet can show the already great and increasing skill that Yadier Molina has.
Yadier Molina is truly tailor-made to catch! He is the 'How-To' book for catchers everywhere! He has a true value that cannot be shown on the box score. Yadier Molina has deserved every award he has ever gotten, and I believe that he is better and more valuable than Buster Posey. You may or may not agree with my opinion, but it's just what I think. He is the best catcher in baseball today. You may or may not agree, but it's just my opinion.