Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina won his 7th consecutive gold glove award yesterday evening and has made history as a result. Molina joins Ivan Rodriguez and Johnny Bench as the only catchers to win seven in a row and is now tied for third on the all time list for most gold glove awards won as a catcher.
Although Molina only caught 107 games due to injury, he still threw out 48% of would be base stealers, which was the best number in all of baseball. Molina also posted a cERA (a statistic which measures the earned run average of pitchers while a certain catcher is catching) of 3.19, which was the best among all of this years gold glove catcher candidates. His 8 defensive runs saved and 1.5 defensive WAR were also extremely impressive considering Molina was injured for about one-third of the 2014 season.
Molina is not only the backbone of the Cardinals defense, but the glue of the Cards pitching staff as well. Pitcher Shelby Miller described it best when he summed up Molina’s value to the team with the simple statement, “I pretty much worship the ground he walks on.” Let’s hope the unquestioned leader of the Cardinals continues his excellence behind the plate for the foreseeable future.