Catcher Jose Molina

by admin ~ June 15th, 2009

 

Recently, I started looking into the Yankee catchers and see which one is popular with the fans and which one is earning more than the other. A player finally did caught my eye.

Jose Benjamin Molina Matta is one of the four (4) New York Yankees catcher this 2009. His earning salary is $2.125M as of 2009. Even though, his paycheck is not as high as the other Yankee catchers, like Jorge Posada.

 Jose Molina and 2 of his brothers’ Benjie and Yadier Molina are all in the MLB. They are the only three brothers in MLB history to all win World Series Championship rings.

He signed a 2-year contract with the New York Yankees in September 21, 2008. He was known for hitting the last home run in the original Yankee stadium in the Yankees final game at the ballpark against the Baltimore Orioles.

Molina throws and bats with his right hand. His experience in baseball is quite a handful of 9 years. As of May 2009, Jose Molina has a batting average of .238, 20 HRs, 121 runs batted in, and .618 on-base plus slugging.

In some testimonials on one of the popular websites that I have encountered, a lot of fans are actually doting for him. In fact, some thinks he is the best player of the New York Yankees (and Yes I agree we can be biased when we root for our favorite players) looking for him and wanting him to be back on the field; his been on disabled list since May 10th when he strained his quadriceps (a group of muscles on the backside of the thigh).

The catcher’s rehabilitation has taken longer than expected. Molina is expected to be the No. 2 catcher before end of June 2009 if he continues to progress.


New York Yankees Number 20 - Jorge Posada

by admin ~ June 13th, 2009

When I read this guy’s profile and see what his life is all about, I find New York Yankees Jorge Posada’s life entertaining than most majority players. He was a Yankee through and through.

Posada started his career with the Yankees from 1995 until present, so he has never been with another team in his baseball career compared to most players that’s somewhat rickety in terms of becoming part of a team. Probably one of the reasons why he is also earns a large sum of cash. His salary with the Yankees is $13.1M as of 2009.

Over the past years of his professional baseball life, he has not failed to show his fans and the team that he has got what it takes to be a catcher. Joe Posada is the only MLB catcher to ever hit .330 or better with 40 doubles, 20 HR and 90 RBI’s in a single season. Well, he and Yogi Berra that is, are the only ones who hit 30 HR’s in one season. And since 2000, Posada had more runs batted in and home runs than any other catcher in baseball.

He was also selected to catch the ceremonial first pitch in September 2008, the last game at the original Yankee stadium. Guess who threw the pitch? It was Babe Ruth’s only surviving daughter Julia Ruth Stephens.

Amazing player, Posada, indeed has talent. He has been on 5 All-Star teams as a switch hitter.

Aside from his baseball career, what really struck me really great is that, other players just goes to school and become a sports star, but Posada graduated valedictorian of his class in Decatur Alabama at the Calhoun Community College. So he is not just a great baseball player, but an intellectual one at that!