Albert Pujols and Yadier Molina honored during final Chase field trip
Albert Pujol, Yadier Molina Honored during last Chase field visit
PHOENIX, Aug. 21 — As Hall of Fame greats and future members Albert Pujols and Yadier Molina retired at the end of the season, the weekend of Aug. 19-21 marked their last visit to Chase Field. . Before Sunday’s game, the Arizona Diamondbacks honored the pair in a pregame ceremony. With Molina leaving the team after Friday night’s game due to an affair in Puerto Rico, longtime teammate and friend Adam Wainwright replaced him.
Diamondbacks pitchers Zac Gallen, Mark Melancon and Ian Kennedy, along with first baseman coach Dave McKay, represented the team at the ceremony. Melancon and Kennedy, both 37, are the oldest players on the team. Gallen started his career in the Cardinals system before being traded to the Miami Marlins before making his major league debut. McKay, the Cardinals coach from 1996 to 2011, coached Molina and Pujols for their first eight and 11 seasons, respectively.
The Diamondbacks had a large congratulatory portrait for each player. It contained the player’s shirt number, in the font and color scheme found on Cardinals’ uniforms, in the centre. Inside the number it was written “
After showing a video montage of each player’s career highlights, the Diamondbacks presented checks for $10,000 to each player’s charity. Kennedy and McKay presented the check to the Pujols Family Foundation. This organization helps children and families in the United States who are living with Down syndrome as well as promoting humanitarian missions in the Dominican Republic. Gallen and Melancon presented the check to the Yadier Molina Fundación 4. This organization helps children in his native Puerto Rico who are in need due to “abuse, neglect, cancer, illness or poverty”.
Yadier Molina’s career
Molina, a member of the 2006 and 2011 World Series champions, made his debut in 2004 and spent his entire career with the Cardinals. He is one of the best defensive receivers of all time, ranking second all-time in Total Zone Fielding Runs Above Average (Rtot on Baseball Reference, available 1953-present) and first in Defensive Runs Saved (DRS on Baseball Reference and Fangraphs, available from 2003 to present). Molina has nine Golden Gloves as a receiver, third all-time behind Ivan Rodriguez (13) and Johnny Bench (10). In addition, he is first all-time in strikeouts by a receiver and fourth in defensive games as a receiver.
Offensively, Molina is up for the seekers as well. On Friday night, he passed Yogi Berra for fifth on the career hits list by major receivers (2,152). On the same list, he’s also sixth in doubles (405) – he needs three to pass AJ Pierzynski for fifth – and 10th in total goals (3,090), needing 24 to pass Lance Parrish. Additionally, on May 7 of that season, he became the 14th leading receiver with 1,000 career major league RBIs. Limiting the stats to when he was in the lineup as a catcher, he’s fourth in hits (2,130, needing 16 to pass Carlton Fisk and 31 to pass Jason Kendall), second in doubles (401) , 10th in RBI (998), and fifth in total bases (3,058).
Career of Albert Pujols
Pujols is one of the greatest hitters in major league history. On Saturday night, he went 4 for 4, including career home runs 691 and 692 (fifth all-time) while passing Stan Musial for second place in career total bases. He is also 10th in hits (3,355), fifth in doubles (681), third in RBI (2,187), second in intentional walks (316) and 12th in runs scored (1,897). Pujols is also one of seven players in major league history to have both 500 home runs and 3,000 hits, both considered among the pinnacles of greatness in hitting.
Pujols also had an outstanding defensive career as a first baseman, although it was overshadowed by his move to designated hitter once the age was established. At Rtot as a first baseman, he is fourth all-time but first all-time by straight hand pitchers. For the DRS as a first baseman, he is the first all-time, with 137. In addition, he holds the single season record of 31 DRS, accomplished in 2007, and 26 Rtot, accomplished the same year.
Pujols needs five homers to pass Alex Rodriguez for fourth all-time. If he reaches 700, he will be the fourth player to do so, joining Babe Ruth, Henry Aaron and Barry Bonds. Both Pujols and Molina will be eligible for the Hall of Fame in 2028. Pujols is a slam-dunk contender. Although Molina is not as guaranteed as Pujols, he will probably succeed without problems.
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PHOENIX, Aug. 21 — Members of the Arizona Diamondbacks present charity checks to Adam Wainwright and Albert Pujols, both of the St. Louis Cardinals, during a pregame ceremony honoring Pujols and the missing Yadier Molina at Chase Field. Pujols and Molina will retire at the end of the season. Present are (left to right) Zac Gallen, Mark Melancon, Wainwright (representing Molina), Pujols, coach Dave McKay and Ian Kennedy. (Photo by Evan Thompson)
Albert Pujol, Yadier Molina, Adam Wainwright, Zac Gallen, Mark Melancon, Ian Kennedy, Dave McKay, Ivan Rodriguez, Johnny Bench, Yogi Berra, AJ Pierzynski, Lance Parrish, Carlton Fisk, Jason Kendall, Stan Musial, Alex Rodriguez, Babe Ruth, Henry Aaron , Barry Bonds