Poor judgement costs both the All-Star catcher and his team.
Watching the tension-filled Cardinals-Brewers game Tuesday, I was prepared for some kind of fireworks. What I didnât see coming was St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina going ballistic. The All-Star catcher has been hitting well this season, and has been as stellar behind the plate as usual. Heâs been a steady producer in a lineup of big hitters and has been a steadying influence for the pitching staff.
So why did Molina fly off the handle Tuesday night? There didnât seem to be anything brewing between Yadi and home plate umpire Rob Drake. In fact, Drake seemed tardy in warning both benches when Cardinals reliever Jason Motteâs first attempt to hit Ryan Braun failed.
And the pitch that Drake called Molina out on just wasnât that bad. In fact, it could have been argued by the Brewers had it been called a ball. Evidently, Molina felt the Cardinalsâ pitchers werenât getting the same breaks their opponents were from Drake. But isnât there a better, more diplomatic way to handle that?
Iâm not sure what, but I believe it was more than just one missed pitch that lit Molinaâs fuse. He exploded as Iâve never seen before. And his actions will hurt his team. If Molina doesnât appeal the suspension, which all players do, heâll miss some or all of the Milwaukee series in St. Louis next week. If he accepts the punishment beginning tonight at Florida, heâll miss the first game Tuesday night against the Brew Crew â if none of the four scheduled games in Florida are hurricaned out. At any rate, this is not a time for the Cardinals to lose their catcher.
Molina has been one of my favorite players to watch. He battles at the plate, is a defensive force behind it and has a cannon. But this time, his poor judgment could cost his team. And why? No sound reason at all.