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Yadier Molina Taking First Official Step to Retirement

Adam Taylor McKillop
St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina took an official step towards his retirement.
St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina took an official step towards his retirement. / ASSOCIATED PRESS

The St. Louis Cardinals went through an emotional campaign during the 2022 MLB regular season. St. Louis endured a year-long farewell tour for the future Hall of Fame talents of Yadier Molina and Albert Pujols. It was a bittersweet goodbye until the final lights on their distinguished careers flickered out.

A furious second-half run (towards 700 home runs) gave the Cardinals fanbase a sliver of hope that Pujols would possibly return in 2023. Until he signed his official retirement paperwork on Monday.

Although there was an even smaller chance of Molina changing his mind on retirement, some in the Cardinals fanbase likely held onto that minute hope. Until Tuesday.

Cardinals insider Derrick Goold reported that Molina intends to officially file his retirement paperwork before the end of the World Series, according to Molina's rep.

This marks the official end to an illustrious career that spanned 19 years, two World Series titles, 10 All-Star games and 9 Gold Glove awards.

At least the Cardinals can recreate the retirement tour with Adam Wainwright next season. Wainwright announced he will return to the franchise in 2023.

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