He will need to rack up some more significant defensive seasons, while repeating his offensive numbers from last year for a few more seasons. The guy is ridiculous with a glove in his hand or the ball in his hand and runners on the move. He leads all current players in pick-off's (I believe) at a blistering 41 in 8 years and simply shuts down the running game by putting on his gear. He's never been outside the top 3 in Caught Stealing % in his 8 year career (even as a 21 year old), but is 11th in total number caught stealing among active C's. He is #2 behind Ivan Rodriguez in Caught Stealing %, just 0.72 behind. Both are a full % point ahead of the next guy and twice as good as those towards the bottom of the list.
For some running game perspecitve, he has allowed a similar number of stolen bases in his 8 year career that McCann and Suzuki allowed LAST SEASON combined and he's picked off more than 7 time more runners. Good lord... Silver Slugger, perrennial All-Star and all that, but McCann has allowed 519 stolen bases in 7 seasons? Didn't know he was THAT bad.
Molina will need a few more special postseason performcances and a few moments, some more defensive numbers, and at 28, might have the time to do enough to hang around on the ballot for a few years. Perhaps the C's that are eligible around the time he is may be few?
I'm voting Maybe....
Last edited by StanTheMan; 03-11-2012 at 12:48 PM.
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