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Bengie Molina

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Bengie Molina
Known primarily for his well above average defensive skills, Bengie Molina did not get enough credit for his hitting acumen. He may have been far from a power hitter, but he had decent contact and was a very smart and selfless player at the plate. Molina won two Gold Gloves for the Angels and helped them win a World Series in 2002.


 

The Bullet Points:
Country of Origin:
Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico

Eligible In:
The 2016 Vote

Position:
Catcher

Played for:
Anaheim/Los Angeles Angels
Toronto Blue Jays
San Francisco Giants
Texas Rangers

Major Accolades and Awards:
Gold Glove (2) (AL) (2002 & 2003)
World Series Rings (1) (Anaheim Angels, 2002)

Other Points of Note:
None

Notable All Time Rankings:
None

Vote Percentage Received for the Hall of Fame:
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Should Be Inducted As A:
Anaheim Angel

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0 #1 Darryl Tahirali 2013-06-13 19:41
Bengie will be one-and-done his first year on the ballot. The catching Molina brother to watch is of course Yadier now that he's shown that he can hit at the big-league level, which was not the case in the first few years of his career.

As a Giants fan, I got to watch Bengie bat clean-up--yes, clean-up--for SF in 2009. He didn't make anyone forget Matt Williams, let alone Barry Bonds, as the run-producer--B engie produced at a.266/.283/.446 , 19 HR, 73 RBI clip--but he wasn't, say, Dave Kingman at his suckiest.

However, I live in Orange County, California, and have been to many Angels games, so I got to see Bengie many times during his stint in Anaheim (and now--ugh!--"Ana heim of Los Angeles"; stupid, stupid). Watching him waddle to the plate, I used to call him "the Penguin," but I guess the name didn't stick because the Southland already has/had another Penguin: Ron Cey of the Dodgers.

Still, I was sorry to see Bengie leave the Giants in 2010, although I guess there was this kid in the farm system who could catch and hit a little--Buster something . . . Getting traded to the Rangers, Bengie had the last laugh: No matter who won the '10 World Series, he was going to get a ring anyway. (The write-up on this page should be updated--he did receive a ring in '10 from the Giants.)
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