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Encyclopedia > Bengie Molina
Bengie Molina

San Francisco Giants — No. 1
Catcher
Born: July 20, 1974 (1974-07-20) (age 33)
Bats: Right Throws: Right 
Major League Baseball debut
September 211998 for the Anaheim Angels
Selected MLB statistics
(through 2007)
Batting average     .275
Home runs     103
Runs batted in     500
Teams
Highlights and awards

Benjamin José "Bengie" Molina (born July 20, 1974, in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico) is the starting catcher for the San Francisco Giants of Major League Baseball. After being initially regarded as a "good glove, no hit" catcher, Molina has developed into one of the better offensive catchers in baseball in addition to retaining his solid defense. However, at 5'11" and weighing 225 pounds, Molina is regarded as one of the slowest baserunners in the game. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 535 pixelsFull resolution (1024 × 685 pixel, file size: 313 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File historyClick on a date/time to view the file as it appeared at that time. ... The position of the catcher Catcher is also a general term for a fielder who catches the ball in cricket. ... is the 201st day of the year (202nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the 1974 Gregorian calendar. ... is the 264th day of the year (265th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... Batting average is a statistic in both cricket and baseball measuring the performance of cricket batsmen and baseball hitters, respectively. ... Homerun redirects here. ... “RBI” redirects here. ... Major league affiliations American League (1961–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 11, 26, 29, 30, 42, 50 Name Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (2005–present) Anaheim Angels (1997-2004) California Angels (1965-1996) Los Angeles Angels (1961-1965) Other nicknames The Halos, The Wings, The Seraphs... This year in baseball 1995 - 1996 - 1997 - 1998 - 1999 - 2000 - 2001 - 2002 - 2003 - 2004 - 2005 Events January-March January 5 - Don Sutton, a 324-game winner is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame on his fifth try. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 2005 throughout the world. ... Major league affiliations American League (1977–present) East Division (1977–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 42 Name Toronto Blue Jays (1977–present) Other nicknames The Jays Ballpark Rogers Centre (1989–present) a. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 2006 throughout the world. ... Major league affiliations National League (1883–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers NY, NY, 3, 4, 11, 24, 27, 30, 36, 42, 44 Name San Francisco Giants (1958–present) New York Giants (1885–1957) New York Gothams (1883–1885) Other nicknames Jints, Gigantes, G-Men Ballpark AT... The following are the baseball events of the year 2007 throughout the world. ... In American baseball, the Rawlings Gold Glove Award, usually referred to simply as the Gold Glove, is the award given annually to the major league player judged to have the most superior individual fielding performance at each position (in each league), as voted by the managers and coaches in each... The 2002 Major League Baseball season finished with the Anaheim Angels defeating the San Francisco Giants in Game 7 of the 2002 World Series. ... The 2003 MLB season was the 100th season of Major League Baseball. ... is the 201st day of the year (202nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the 1974 Gregorian calendar. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... The position of the catcher Catcher is also a general term for a fielder who catches the ball in cricket. ... Major league affiliations National League (1883–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers NY, NY, 3, 4, 11, 24, 27, 30, 36, 42, 44 Name San Francisco Giants (1958–present) New York Giants (1885–1957) New York Gothams (1883–1885) Other nicknames Jints, Gigantes, G-Men Ballpark AT... Major Leagues redirects here. ...

Contents

High school

Molina graduated from the Maestro Ladí High School in Vega Alta, Puerto Rico. It is here that he was given the nickname "El Guapo" for his outstanding looks, flawless skin and ferocity behind the plate. Image:Vega Alta seal. ...


Major league career

Molina won a Gold Glove as the top defensive player at his position in consecutive seasons in 2002 and 2003. Regarded as an exceptional ball blocker and blessed with a strong arm, he is frequently regarded by both pundits and fans alike as one of the strongest defensive catchers in the game and a very good contact hitter. Molina's ability to make proven contact with the ball is evident in the difficulty opposing pitchers have in striking him out. With just 331 career strikeouts (at the culmination of the 2007 regular-season), he posted the highest total of at-bats in between strikeouts in the American league in 2000, going an average 14.3 at-bats in between strikeouts. In American baseball, the Rawlings Gold Glove Award, usually referred to simply as the Gold Glove, is the award given annually to the major league player judged to have the most superior individual fielding performance at each position (in each league), as voted by the managers and coaches in each... This year in baseball: 1999 - 2000 - 2001 - 2002 - 2003 - 2004 - 2005 Events January-March January 8 - Ozzie Smith is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. ... The following are the events of the year 2003 that happened world-wide throughout the sport of baseball. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 2007 throughout the world. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 2000 throughout the world. ...


He first played two games for the Anaheim Angels in 1998, and after a handful of games in 1999, he became the Angels' regular catcher in 2000 and remained so through the 2005 season. Over his last few seasons with the Angels, his backup at catcher there was his brother José Molina. Their younger brother Yadier is also a catcher and plays for the St. Louis Cardinals. Major league affiliations American League (1961–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 11, 26, 29, 30, 42, 50 Name Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (2005–present) Anaheim Angels (1997-2004) California Angels (1965-1996) Los Angeles Angels (1961-1965) Other nicknames The Halos, The Wings, The Seraphs... This year in baseball 1995 - 1996 - 1997 - 1998 - 1999 - 2000 - 2001 - 2002 - 2003 - 2004 - 2005 Events January-March January 5 - Don Sutton, a 324-game winner is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame on his fifth try. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1999 throughout the world. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 2005 throughout the world. ... José Benjamin Molina (b. ... Yadier B. Molina (born July 13, 1982 in Bayamon, Puerto Rico) is a Major League Baseball catcher who plays for the St. ... Major league affiliations National League (1892–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 2, 6, 9, 14, 17, 20, 42, 42, 45, 85 Name St. ...


Molina was the catcher in the play in game 5 of the 2002 World Series when J.T. Snow lifted Darren Baker out of harm's way in front of Molina and ahead of David Bell. Dates October 19, 2002–October 27, 2002 MVP Troy Glaus (Anaheim) Television network FOX Announcers Joe Buck and Tim McCarver Umpires Jerry Crawford, Mike Reilly, Tim McClelland, Tim Tschida, Mike Winters, Angel Hernandez The 2002 World Series featured the Anaheim Angels (American League) and the San Francisco Giants (National League... Jack Thomas J.T. Snow, Jr. ... David Michael Bell (born September 14, 1972 in Cincinnati, Ohio) is a Major League Baseball third baseman who is presently a free agent. ...


Bengie Molina's contract with the Angels expired after the 2005 season, and the team decided not pursue his return because of the salary he would demand. He signed a 1-year $5 million contract with the Toronto Blue Jays, with a mutual option for a second year. While it was expected that he would catch the majority of the Jays' 2006 season with Gregg Zaun serving as his backup, Molina's difficulties with right-handed pitchers led to the Jays employing a platoon system. After the 2006 season, Molina became a free agent and signed with San Francisco. Major league affiliations American League (1977–present) East Division (1977–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 42 Name Toronto Blue Jays (1977–present) Other nicknames The Jays Ballpark Rogers Centre (1989–present) a. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 2006 throughout the world. ... Gregory Owen Gregg Zaun (born April 14, 1971 in Glendale, California) is a Major League Baseball player with the Toronto Blue Jays. ... A person who is right-handed is more dextrous with their right hand than with their left hand: they will write with their right hand, and probably also use this hand for tasks such as personal care, cooking, and so on. ... This article is about the player in baseball. ... The platoon system in baseball is a method of designating two players to a single defensive position -- usually one right-handed and one left-handed. ... In North American professional sports, particularly baseball, football, and basketball, a free agent is a team player whose contract with a team has expired, and the player is able to sign a contract with another team. ...


After signing with the Blue Jays, Molina expressed his anger at the Angels over how he parted company with them. "The way they let me go without a notice, without calling me, that said a lot," Molina said. "That's what really hurts me. I think I built a good relationship with them," he said. "They never let me know. They just threw me like a piece of trash."[1] Molina's agent, Alan Nero, later confirmed however, that both he and Molina had in fact received calls from the Angels informing them of the team's decisions. Nero suggested that Molina's comments to the contrary were borne from his disappointment and frustration over not being retained by the Angels, as he had hoped to be.


Molina hit his 100th home run on September 5, 2007 off of Jorge Julio in the sixth inning of a 5-3 win against the Colorado Rockies. [2] is the 248th day of the year (249th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 2007 throughout the world. ... Jorge Julio born Jorge Dandys Julio Tapia (March 3, 1979 in Caracas, Venezuela) is a Major League Baseball relief pitcher who plays for the Florida Marlins. ... Major league affiliations National League (1993–present) West Division (1993–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 42 Name Colorado Rockies (1993–present) Other nicknames The Rocks, The Rox, Blake Street Bombers, Hurdles Heroes. ...


Molina was announced as the Willie Mac Award winner for 2007 (for spirit and leadership) in a pregame ceremony on September 21, 2007. He got the most out of 1,617 votes from the fans. [3] Later in that September 21 game, Molina knocked in career RBI number 500 in the bottom of the first on a single that scored Dave Roberts. They eventually lost the game to the Cincinnati Reds 9-8 in 11 innings. In 2007 Molina walked only 2.9% of the time, the lowest percentage in the NL.[1] Willie McCovey The Willie Mac Award is named in honor of Willie McCovey. ... is the 264th day of the year (265th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Dave Roberts, born David Ray Roberts (May 31, 1972 in Okinawa, Japan), is a Major League Baseball center fielder who plays for the San Diego Padres. ... Major league affiliations National League (1890–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 5, 8, 10, 13, 18, 20, 24, 42 Name Cincinnati Reds (1958–present) Cincinnati Redlegs (1953-1958) Cincinnati Reds (1882-1953) Cincinnati Red Stockings (1876-1882) Other nicknames The Redlegs, The Big Red Machine...


Statistics

Regular season

Year Tm G AB BA OBP SLG 2B 3B HR RBI R BB SO SB TB H CS
1998 ANA 2 1 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1999 ANA 31 101 .257 .312 .337 5 0 1 10 8 6 6 0 34 26 1
2000 ANA 130 473 .281 .318 .421 20 2 14 71 59 23 33 1 199 133 0
2001 ANA 96 325 .262 .309 .351 11 0 6 40 31 16 51 0 114 85 1
2002 ANA 122 428 .245 .274 .322 18 0 5 47 34 15 34 0 138 105 0
2003 ANA 119 409 .281 .304 .443 24 0 14 71 37 13 31 1 181 115 1
2004 ANA 97 337 .276 .313 .404 13 0 10 54 36 18 35 0 136 93 1
2005 LAA 119 410 .295 .336 .446 17 0 15 69 45 27 41 0 183 121 2
2006 TOR 117 433 .284 .319 .467 20 1 19 57 44 19 47 1 202 123 1
2007 SF 134 497 .276 .298 .433 19 1 19 81 38 15 53 0 215 137 0
Totals: 967 3414 .275 .309 .411 147 4 103 500 332 152 331 3 1402 938 7

Main article: 1998 MLB Home Run Record Chase Mark McGwire set the single season home run record by hitting 70. ... Major league affiliations American League (1961–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 11, 26, 29, 30, 42, 50 Name Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (2005–present) Anaheim Angels (1997-2004) California Angels (1965-1996) Los Angeles Angels (1961-1965) Other nicknames The Halos, The Wings, The Seraphs... The 1999 Major League Baseball season ended with the New York Yankees defeating the Atlanta Braves in Game 4 of the World Series. ... The 2000 Major League Baseball Season ended with the New York Yankees defeating the New York Mets in Game 5 of the World Series. ... The 2001 Major League Baseball season finished with the Arizona Diamondbacks defeating the New York Yankees in a Game 7 of the 2001 World Series. ... The 2002 Major League Baseball season finished with the Anaheim Angels defeating the San Francisco Giants in Game 7 of the 2002 World Series. ... The 2003 MLB season was the 100th season of Major League Baseball. ... The 2004 MLB season was the 101st season of Major League Baseball. ... The 2005 MLB season was the 102nd season of Major League Baseball. ... In 2006, the Major League Baseball season ended with the National Leagues St. ... all of baseball, see 2007 in baseball. ...

Post-season statistics

Individual series statistics

Year Round Team Opp W/L G AB AVG OBP SLG 2B 3B HR RBI R BB SO SB TB H CS
2002 ALDS ANA NYY W 3-1 4 15 .267 .267 .400 2 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 6 4 0
2002 ALCS ANA MIN W 4-1 5 14 .214 .313 .357 0 1 0 2 0 1 2 0 5 3 0
2002 WS ANA SF W 4-3 7 21 .286 .375 .381 2 0 0 2 2 3 1 0 8 6 0
2004 ALDS ANA BOS L 0-3 3 6 .167 .167 .167 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 1 0
2005 ALDS LAA NYY W 3-2 5 18 .444 .444 .944 0 0 3 5 5 0 0 0 17 8 0
2005 ALCS LAA CHW L 1-4 5 17 .118 .118 .118 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 2 2 0

The 2002 American League Division Series (ALDS), the opening round of the 2002 American League playoffs, began on Tuesday, October 1, and ended on Sunday, October 6, with the champions of the three AL divisions – along with a wild card team – participating in two best-of-five series. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 23, 32, 37, 44, 49 Name New York Yankees (1913–present) New York Highlanders (1903-1912) Baltimore Orioles (1901-1902) (Also referred to as... The 2002 American League Championship Series was a matchup between the Wild Card Champion Anaheim Angels and the Central Division Champion Minnesota Twins. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 3, 6, 14, 29, 34, 42 Name Minnesota Twins (1961–present) Washington Nationals/Senators (1901-1960) Other nicknames The Twinkies Ballpark Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 1982-present Metropolitan Stadium (1961-1981) Griffith Stadium (1911-1960... Dates October 19, 2002–October 27, 2002 MVP Troy Glaus (Anaheim) Television network FOX Announcers Joe Buck and Tim McCarver Umpires Jerry Crawford, Mike Reilly, Tim McClelland, Tim Tschida, Mike Winters, Angel Hernandez The 2002 World Series featured the Anaheim Angels (American League) and the San Francisco Giants (National League... In the 2004 American League Division Series, the Boston Red Sox swept the Anaheim Angels in 3 games, and the New York Yankees defeated the Minnesota Twins 3 games to 1. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 4, 8, 9, 27, 42 Name Boston Red Sox (1908–present) Boston Americans (1901-1907) Other nicknames The BoSox, The Olde Towne Team, The Sox Ballpark Fenway Park (1912–present) Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds... The 2005 American League Division Series (ALDS), the opening round of the 2005 American League playoffs, began on Tuesday, October 4, and ended on Monday, October 10, with the champions of the three AL divisions – along with a wild card team – participating in two best-of-five series. ... The 2005 American League Championship Series (ALCS), the second round of the 2005 American League playoffs, matched the Central Division champion Chicago White Sox against the Western Division champion Los Angeles Angels. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 2, 3, 4, 9, 11, 16, 19, 42, 72 Name Chicago White Sox (1904–present) Other nicknames The Sox, The South Siders, The ChiSox, The Pale Hose, The Good Guys, The Go-Go Sox, The...

2002 post-season totals

G AB AVG OBP SLG 2B 3B HR RBI R BB SO SB TB H CS
16 50 .260 .327 .380 4 1 0 6 2 4 4 0 19 13 0

2004 post-season totals

G AB AVG OBP SLG 2B 3B HR RBI R BB SO SB TB H CS
3 6 .167 .167 .167 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 1 0

2005 post-season totals

G AB AVG OBP SLG 2B 3B HR RBI R BB SO SB TB H CS
10 35 .285 .285 .542 0 0 3 6 5 0 2 0 19 10 0

Cumulative post-season totals

G AB AVG OBP SLG 2B 3B HR RBI R BB SO SB TB H CS
29 91 .264 .302 .409 4 1 3 12 7 4 8 0 39 24 0

Minor league statistics

G AB AVG OBP SLG 2B 3B HR RBI R BB SO SB TB H CS
479 1712 .299 .389 .447 104 9 44 279 212 253 118 4 762 512 11

References

  1. ^ Molina angry at Angels; Hillenbrand to stay with Jays. Associated Press (February 9, 2006).
  2. ^ 762 is no match for 100; Molina hits career milestone, Bonds extends record. San Francisco Chronicle (September 6, 2007).
  3. ^ Molina wins 'Willie Mac' Award. MLB.com (September 21, 2007).

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Bengie Molina at AllExperts (515 words)
Benjamin José ("Bengie" or "Ben") Molina (born July 20, 1974 in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico) is a Major League Baseball catcher, currently with the Toronto Blue Jays.
Molina won a Gold Glove as the top defensive player at his position in consecutive seasons in 2002 and 2003.
Bengie Molina's contract with the Angels expired after the 2005 season, and the team decided not pursue his return because of the salary he would demand.
Bengie Molina - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (493 words)
Benjamin José ("Bengie" or "Ben") Molina (born July 20, 1974 in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico) is a Major League Baseball catcher, currently with the San Francisco Giants.
Molina graduaded from the Maestro Ladí High School in Vega Alta, Puerto Rico.
Molina's ability to make proven contact with the ball is evident in the difficulty opposing pitchers have in striking him out.
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