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)
If he gets elected to the Hall when all the numbers say he shouldn't I'm going to let that be someone else's problem https://t.co/gTqrPAeQGn— Dan Moore (@mademdashes) April 28, 2016
Here’s what you may have missed yesterday at VEB:
Joe Schwarz examined what role would best suit Alex Reyes next year.
Check out El Gallo’s greatest hits.
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.