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Cardinals news and notes: Yadi, Reyes, Tsunami

More rambling about Yadier Molina’s great 2016 season (and news and notes).

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This column has been done to death, but Yadier Molina had an excellent season for a catcher in his age-33 season. I wrote about it in somewhat depth at the beginning of last month, and Bernie Miklasz hit the same topic last week. Yesterday, John Fleming did some Play-Indexing to show how valuable Matt Holliday has been throughout his career and most notably during his time as a Cardinal. Here’s a similar analysis (complete with some cherry-picking of stats) to show just how good and reliable Molina was this past year.

For catchers in their age-33 season who played at least 90% of their time at catcher and compiled at least 500 plate appearances, this is where Yadier Molina ranks going back to 1901 (total sample size: 43):

Games - t1st (147)

PA - 1st (581)

Hits - 1st (164)

2B - 1st (38)

AVG - 5th (.307)

OBP - 7th (.360)

SLG - 16th (.427)

OPS - 11th (.787)


Here’s what you may have missed yesterday at VEB:

Alex Reyes

Joe Schwarz examined what role would best suit Alex Reyes next year.

Carlos Martinez

Check out El Gallo’s greatest hits.

VEB Podcast

Listen to John and Heather discuss some 2016 Cardinals trivia as well as some other issues on the latest podcast.

Have a great weekend, everyone.