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What Other Position Could Yadi play besides Catcher

One thing I read about Buster Posey recently was how he might soon be moved out of the catcher position to make sure they could keep his bat around as long as possible. This got me thinking about Yadier Molina, as he’s gotten to be a pretty good hitter himself the last few years.

I searched for someone who was similar physically to Yadi and found Carlos Santana.

Both are 5 Foot 11, Yadi weighs 220, while Santana is at 210, so not a huge difference there.

Santana started out as primarily a catcher, in recent years he has played Catcher, First Base, Third Base, Left Field and been a DH. DH is out, and we’re full of Outfielders, but First or Third? Hmmmm…

Now as to whether he has no value at a position beyond the plate, consider these numbers from 2011 to 2013…

Year Batting Average On Base Percentage Slugging Percentage
2011 .305 .349 .465
2012 .315 .373 .501
2013 .319 .359 .477
2014 .282 .333 .386

Not bad eh? Certainly above average. That might’ve been average on, say, Harvey’s Wallbangers, but certainly isn’t nowadays.¬†Yadi’s 2014 numbers may have been a little lower, but he was injured part of the year, as well as the fact that catchers is the most draining position on the diamond. Sure, it may not have appeared that way from 2011 to 2013, but he’s getting older, so his body isn’t as durable as it used to be. Plus, I remember a shot of Yadi in the dugout during the middle of season, when summer is it’s hottest, he looked the skinniest I’d ever seen him, like he had sweated off all of his fat and muscle. Why do you think Posey will probably move to another position or that Santana has caught increasingly less games?

Now, I know we’ll miss him on defense. We’ll miss his arm, his psychic link with the pitchers, and all of his other skills, but I keep hearing everyone call Tony Cruz Yadi jr. Let’s find out if that’s warranted. Plus, if Yadi’s in the infield, I guarantee he’ll still be like a coach out there. Yes, I know Tony’s bat needs work, but I never said this plan was flawless.

Plus, Yadi doesn’t have to play out there full time. In addition to days off, he can platoon at First Base with Matt Adams, or spell Matt Carpenter at Third Base. He certainly has the arm for it. First and Third are less demanding positions while still allowing us to keep his above average bat in the lineup.

Just some food for thought.

As always, thanks for reading.

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Admiring Yadi and Waino…

This isn’t my typical post, backed with stats and whatnot…

Rather, I simply wanted to admire the toughness of our two leaders, Adam Wainwright and Yadier Molina.

Did you know, that other than in his Tommy John year, Waino has averaged 225.8 Innings pitched in the last five years he’s been active?

Did you know, that until this year, Yadi had not appeared in fewer than 136 games in the past five years? That’s pretty good for a catcher, which is the most demanding position on the field.

Neither of these stats include the playoffs, and given that the Cards have been to at least the NLCS the past four years, they’ve accumulated quite a few innings/appearances. there.

So when Yadi acts like he’s going to play again in this series, regardless of a strained oblique, or when Waino acts like he’s not going to miss a start, despite struggling in his last two outings, not making out of the fifth inning in either one, I just smile and nod, not surprised at all. I fully expect both of them to return in this series. Not only that, I expect them to contribute.

Is that realistic? Probably not. But that’s what we’ve come to expect of those two. They’ve always found a way to contribute, always found a way to be involved.

We have other options, to be sure, but those two are so used to carrying the load, they’re not going to sit idly by. I half expect Mike Matheny to be forced to chain them to the bench to keep them out of the game.

And when they do force their way in, as I expect them to, I’m going to be watching, holding my breath, expecting something special, as they’ve given me no reason to expect anything less.

Thanks for reading.