If the first round of voting is any indication of who is heading to the all-star game (which usually is the case), Yadier Molina is well on his way to be nominated for his sixth straight All-Star appearance. In the voting report released Wednesday, Molina was the leading nominee among NL catchers, with 640,464 votes.
Molina, whose 2014 season has been off to a great start, leads the league in caught stealing percentage at 44.78%. He has hit .317 with five home runs and 23 RBIs. He has played in four of the five All-Star-Games he was voted into, with a batting record of 3-for-6 and one RBI batted in.
Mike Matheny noted, “He continues to impress us. There are little things that happen in real time that you really don’t prepare for — the instincts, just the way he thinks about the game, the way he thinks about our team. He’s just a great asset to our pitching staff as a whole. He kind of sets a tone. That’s what you ask your leaders to do, and I don’t think he could do it any better.”
Molina has played in four of the five All-Star Games to which he was voted, going 3-for-6 with a run scored and an RBI.
You can cast your votes for All-Star Game starters at MLB.com or the Cardinals’ club site until Thursday, July 3, at 10:59 p.m. CST. The 2014 All-Star Game will be played at Target Field in Minneapolis on Tuesday, July 15.