October 24, 2010 |
When the booze and tears flowed Saturday night in the visitors' locker room at Citizens Bank Park, someone was missing. Someone the San Francisco Giants cited as a reason why they were celebrating their coronation as the champions of the National League. Someone they described as a mentor. But not one player or coach lamented that Bengie Molina wasn't there with them. There was no reason for anyone to feel guilty that they traded the veteran catcher in late July. That's because Molina is also headed to the World Series ?
October 20, 2010 |
Reporting from New York The upstart, under-respected Texas Rangers, who started as the laughingstock Washington Senators, are one victory away from their first World Series. And they have three chances to do it, starting Wednesday at Yankee Stadium, where they already have won Games 3 and 4 of the American League Championship Series. Their latest triumph was a 10-3 rout Tuesday night over a New York Yankees team that has been outpitched and outhit while going down three games to one. Bengie Molina hit a key three-run home run to give the Rangers a 5-3 lead, and Josh Hamilton hit two solo shots, giving him four homers for the series.
October 6, 2010 |
Bengie Molina hit a home run Wednesday in his team's playoff opener. He had three hits in all, drove in two runs and caught a six-hitter. That would be the kind of performance you would entrust a veteran catcher to deliver in October, particularly one with a World Series championship ring. But Molina delivered for the Texas Rangers, not the San Francisco Giants. And the Giants, who dumped Molina three months ago, could not be happier. The Giants are happy for Molina, to be sure, and they would love to see him in the World Series.
July 23, 2010 |
Five years after the Angels went younger, cheaper and faster with their starting catcher, Bengie Molina has returned to the American League West to help the Texas Rangers try to lap his former team. And, in an ironic twist, the Rangers' pursuit of their first division title since 1999 picked up speed this month when Molina pulled into third base with a standup eighth-inning triple against the Boston Red Sox, completing perhaps the most unlikely cycle in baseball history. "I've been criticized so long about my speed, that I can't run and I'm the slowest guy," Molina said Friday before Rangers beat the Angels, 1-0, at Rangers Ballpark.
July 3, 2010
Helping out Manny Ramirez got Josh Byrnes fired. It wasn't just Ramirez, of course. But the Arizona Diamondbacks were well on their way to a second consecutive National League West championship in 2008 when the Boston Red Sox dumped Ramirez on the Dodgers. If Arizona had won, that might have bought a little more time and credibility for Byrnes, the Diamondbacks' general manager. The Dodgers, a .500 team until Ramirez showed up, roared past Arizona and into the playoffs.
June 30, 2010
The Texas Rangers have acquired catcher Bengie Molina from the San Francisco Giants in exchange for reliever Chris Ray and a player to be named, a source told MLB.com on Wednesday. Rangers General Manager Jon Daniels would not confirm the trade when talking to reporters Wednesday. The Giants, through a team spokesperson, said they had no comment. Marlins retain Rodriguez A day after being told he would manage the team for the rest of the season, Edwin Rodriguez watched the Florida Marlins lose to the New York Mets, 6-5, in the final game of a three-game series in San Juan, Puerto Rico.