The 2022 MLB postseason is set to begin next week, meaning the last days of Yadier Molina's playing career are in front of him. The iconic St. Louis Cardinals catcher announced at the start of the season that this would be his last, however, the 40-year-old has no plans to step away from baseball once his MLB career is over.
It was announced on Thursday that Molina will serve as Team Puerto Rico's manager for the upcoming World Baseball Classic. The fifth edition of the tournament takes place over a two-week span in March 2023 and will be hosted by Japan, Taiwan and the United States.
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Though Molina has never managed at the event, he's no stranger to the World Baseball Classic. The 10-time MLB All-Star has represented Puerto Rico in all four of the previous WBCs, winning silver in both 2013 and 2017 — the two years that he was also named to the All-World Baseball Classic Team.
It'll be interesting to see how Molina's 2,200-plus games of MLB experience will help him in his new role. He's often referred to as one of the best to ever call a game behind the plate, but now he must focus on an entire lineup rather than the connection with his pitcher.
The good news for Puerto Rican baseball fans is that Molina will have some experience by the time the WBC rolls around. It was announced in April that the two-time World Series champion would manage Navegantes del Magallanes in the Venezuelan Winter League, so hopefully he gains experience this winter that'll help his country succeed.
Fortunately, Molina will have a talented roster to help him secure gold. Javier Baez, Carlos Correa and Marcus Stroman have already committed to the team, while there are still plenty of big names — like Francisco Lindor and Edwin Diaz — who could return from the 2017 roster.
After having one of the best MLB careers of all time for a catcher, the pressure is on for Molina to continue his success at the 2023 World Baseball Classic.
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