Yadier Molina is having a great World Baseball Classic so far. One might even say he "still owns". Not only is Molina providing offensively, but he has been a major voice in pitching decisions and guiding the average Puerto Rican pitching staff. Per Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports:
Molina, 34, helps arrange the Puerto Rico rotation. He runs the pitching meetings. He suggests pitching changes to Rodriguez and pitching coach Ricky Bones, noting when pitchers are tiring, thinking ahead to matchups the following inning.
"He’s part of the decision-making," Puerto Rico general manager Alex Cora said. "He’s been studying these teams for like six months already. It’s a joke. He was asking for rosters, like, six months ago. I was like, ‘Dude, how about the Cardinals?’"
That hard worked has earned him Pool F MVP honors.
Yadier Molina: still pretty good at baseball.
Goold: Molina's 'dominant' WBC showcases his value to Cardinals | Derrick Goold: Bird Land | stltoday.com
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