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MLB Lockout Could Prevent Adam Wainwright and Yadier Molina From Making History in 2022

Larry Rupp
The MLB lockout could prevent Adam Wainwright and Yadier Molina from making history in 2022.
The MLB lockout could prevent Adam Wainwright and Yadier Molina from making history in 2022. / Joe Sargent/GettyImages

Pitchers and catchers were already supposed to report to spring training, but that hasn't happened as the MLB lockout remains in full swing. A potential delay to the start of the regular season could even keep St. Louis Cardinals' battery of Adam Wainwright and Yadier Molina from making history.

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Wainwright & Molina only need 20 more starts together to overtake the Detroit Tigers duo of Mickey Lolich and Bill Freehan for the most regular-season starts as a battery in MLB history. Of course, Lolich and Freehan's partnership lasted 13 years (1963-75) and saw one World Series title in 1963.

Meanwhile, Wainwright has been dicing it up with Molina's guidance behind the plate since 2005 and the battery has 305 starts to its name. The Cardinals have emerged victorious in 200 of those games and wouldn't have been able to earn the Commissioner's Trophy in 2011 without their long-time stars.

Both Wainwright and Molin signed one-year deals to return to St. Louis for the 2022 season, which will be their franchise record 18th year spent as teammates. With how much roster turnover there is in today's MLB, it's tough to imagine this record ever coming close to being broken again.

Neither side of the MLB lockout seems to be budging at this point. Talks are resuming with every passing day, though. Commissioner Rob Manfred claims there are no plans to change the start date from March 31, so it'll be interesting to see if his unrelenting optimism ends up paying off.

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