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Yadier Molina starts record label

Yadier Molina spends months each year coming up to the plate and cranking out hits. In 2012, the St. Louis Cardinals catcher collected 159 on his way to a .315 batting average, both career bests.

Now, the 30-year-old hopes to extend his hit-making skills into the music business.

Back home in Puerto Rico for the World Baseball Classic, the backstop announced Molina Records’ first launch, an upcoming disc from Venezuelan rapper Oma 206.

Molina says he started his label last year due to his love of music, particularly reggaeton, salsa and vallenato. In Puerto Rico, he has built a recording studio, which is now operational.

“For me this is a hobby. For some people it’s golf, but for me it’s music. I really believe I’ll do some great things,” Molina told news agency EFE on Friday.

Last spring, when Molina came to terms with the Cardinals on a five-year, $75 million contract, the five-time Gold Glove Award winner became wealthy on an entirely new level.

As previously reported, Molina purchased a $7.15 million home near the Cardinals’ Florida base in Jupiter last August and established a charity, Fundacion 4.

Now as a budding music mogul, Molina could hit up his baseball bosses for some tips in operating his newest endeavor. The wife of Cardinals team president Bill DeWitt III, Ira, runs her own urban music label, Notifi Records.

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25 Responses to “Yadier Molina starts record label”

  1. JumboShrimp says:

    Yadier has squatted and caught a lot of high speed pitches, earning money the hard way.

    Someone with money must need to find things to do with it, hence the new house. Looks like a great place to kick back after a spring training joust.

  2. crdswmn says:

    There must be life after baseball, after all.

    Going to be the Puerto Rican Berry Gordy, huh? 😉

  3. blingboy says:

    Two things I wondered about on the drive home from work.

    1. Scrabble and Freeman are out for a while, so as of right now the loogie depth chart is Choate and who?

    2. Do we get an announcement about the 5th starter tomorrow, before Matheny leaves for a few days?

    • Brian Walton says:

      Wow! And here I believed I think about this stuff too much! 😉

      OK, I will play along.

      1. My guess is Lyons, who has quietly pitched pretty well. But if was up to me, I’d probably just go with an extra righty for awhile. Sanchez has been one of the best relievers in camp but there is no room for him.

      2. Another way to ask the question is how soon does Matheny want to get to a five-man rotation? If I was him, I would not be in any hurry with so much time remaining in camp. Then again, I would not have voted Rosenthal off the island so quickly, either.

      Starters after the day off have not been announced yet, but Kelly’s next turn would be Thursday and Miller on Friday. Really small numbers, but Kelly’s ERA is 2.25 with Miller’s at 5.40.

      P.S. Thinking about it some more, Matheny could still not declare and move to a five-man rotation by pitching Kelly and Miller on the same day. Let them alternate starts each fifth day until declaring a winner.

      What is he going to do, you ask? I have no idea. 😉

      • blingboy says:

        I would have bet you were going to say ” Siegrist is already on the 40 man roster”.

        • Brian Walton says:

          Good thing you asked, then. 😉

          Siegrist’s control has been very iffy this spring to date. It looks like he needs a bit more time, which is not surprising since he has only 32 IP at Springfield and zero innings pitched at Memphis.

          You do make a good point about the 40-man in that they will almost certainly need room for guys like Wong, Taveras and Wacha before the season is out.

          P.S. For subscribers, I just posted my second weekly Cardinals spring training prospect hype report. I’ve had Lyons above Siegrist both weeks.

  4. crdswmn says:

    Did anyone see the fight in the Canada/Mexico game? I didn’t see it live because I don’t ger MLB network, but I saw video clips. Man, a couple of Canada guys were beating the crap out of Afredo Aceves, It was nasty.

    Can they impose fines on these guys since they are not playing for an MLB team?

  5. JumboShrimp says:

    One of the stories of the spring is Pete Kozma continuing his winning ways, driving in both runs yesterday. Has an OPS above 1100 in the early going.
    Pete encountered negativism from the get go, a high school kid trashed in real time by Keith Law during the 2007 draft coverage. Pete racked up some errors at AA, so was doubted defensively. Many wrote him off as a hitter in the minors.
    After helping the Cards into the playoffs and past the Nationals, and now with Furcal out of the picture, Pete must be feeling hopeful that he will get a fair chance to play. He is rising to the occasion.

  6. JumboShrimp says:

    Another encouraging sign is Descalso hitting about .950 OPS, also picking up where he left off last season.
    Back in 2006, it was Yadier Molina’s second full season as a starter. Yadier seemed hopeless, with an OPS under 600. But he grew into the excellent hitter he is today. Descalso could follow the same upward. If Descaslo stays healthy, I expect him to hit for a much better average in 2013.

  7. JumboShrimp says:

    Last April, the starting SS at AA was a Garcia, though not Greg from California, but Jose from Venezuela. Greg Garcia was probably liked, but he began the season on the AA bench for a few weeks, until given more playing time.
    Now according to intrepid reporters for the post DIspatch, Greg has moved ahead of Ryan Jackson at SS, even though Greg is hitting under .200 in spring training.
    Whereas Ryan Jackson was the Univ of Miami candidate for the top 2 draft rounds going into the 2009 amateur season, Greg Garcia was the SS for the Univ of Hawaii, unmentioned in pre-draft amateur coverage. Garcia did not have power or speed or a strong arm. His assets are sure hands, a left swing, and a playable arm.

  8. JumboShrimp says:

    After being whitewashed at home by the Mets, its time for the boys to head back to Yadier’s house and hang out by the pool and think about finding new recording talent for Molina records. Save their baseball energy for the regular season.
    Good to play Shane and Pete on alternate days, to ensure we have one determined hitter.

  9. blingboy says:

    Maybe Wiggy was signed more as 3B/1B depth than as a RH bat off the bench.

    Niether Freese nor Craig have been Cal Ripkens. So Mo asks himself who is the backup? Not Carpenter, hopefully, as he will be playing 2B.

    Descalso, then. Well, except if Furcal’s elbow, which is fine, is actually not fine. Then there is Kozma out there. So Descalso is backing up/waiting in the wings, as to both Kozma at short, and Carpenter at 2nd. A rather key role IMO. He can’t be available to do that if he’s filling in at 3rd or 1st.

    So Mo finds a guy, a veteran, will make the routine plays, clubhouse guy, etc.

    It would be bad form to say we signed this guy because Furcal’s elbow might not be fine and David and Allen are not Cal Ripkens. So the new guy is a RH bat off the bench. Never mind he’s a bad RH bat and even worse off the bench. (OPS as PH under .500 the last two years.)

    • Brian Walton says:

      From the 12/14 press release:

      “Wigginton gives us that right-handed bat with punch that we were looking for,” said Cardinals Senior Vice President/General Manager John Mozeliak. “He’s a veteran player who offers versatility and depth to our roster.”

      • blingboy says:

        See, I was right. That sounds much better than “we signed this guy because Furcal’s elbow might not be fine and David and Allen are not Cal Ripkens”.

        We need to be realistic, Brian. Nobody would hire Wiggy for his bat.

        • JumboShrimp says:

          Wiggy can pinch-hit and backup 4 corner positions. The likeliest place is RF to give Beltran off-days. No one would hire Wigginton for defense, running, or batting vs. RHPs. We are left with batting vs. LHPs.

          • blingboy says:

            “Wiggy can pinch-hit . . . ”

            Says who? Last year he hit .152 as a PH. The year before .154.

            • JumboShrimp says:

              The same guy who recommended Mo sign LHPs Tallet and J C Romero recommended Wigginton too.

              • blingboy says:

                Mo and the Cards front office have all the numbers and know how to crunch them. So Mo knew Wiggy was not bat off the bench.

              • JumboShrimp says:

                They know how to evaluate and make a lot of good decisions. Its still hard to fathom Wiggy.

                The two year deal was driven by market demand. If we could have signed him for one year, we gladly would have.
                Mo prefers to sign guys early, so grabbed Wigginton because available. Walt had more patience. My guess is the Cards fooled themselves into thinking they needed a right swinger off the bench. I was fine with Shane alone, but we added Wiggy and Christian for Memphis. Its like we want to have extra folks to bat against flamethrowing Chapman of the Reds.

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