Posted August 29, 2012

Yadier Molina injury: Cardinals catcher leaves game after home-plate collision

MLB

St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina left his team’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates after the second inning after he was involved in a collision with third baseman Josh Harrison at home plate.

MLB.com has the video:

Harrison was trying to score from second on a single to right by Jose Tabata. Molina took a shoulder to the head from Harrison but held onto the ball for the final out of the inning. An athletic trainer, coaches and teammates converged at home plate to tend to Molina, who was helped off the field. He was replaced by Tony Cruz when St. Louis took the field in the third.

ESPN’s Buster Olney tweeted that it did not seem like a dirty play by Harrison:

Here’s the official word on Molina’s condition, from Will Graves of the Associated Press:


7 comments
JakeStich
JakeStich

Yaddi says the play was clean, and it was.

JanSchaefer
JanSchaefer

Blake2:  You are truly a baseball guru. Thank you for your insight .

What a pleasure it is to hear from such sharp minds  as yours.

Blake2
Blake2

Jan, you obviously don't know much about baseball and you are obviously a cardinal homer.  Harrison's hit on Molina was clean, and he had every right to go through the catcher.  No remark made by Alan was vain or juvenile, he was just speaking the truth.  What does Molina winning a gold glove and going to the all star game have anything to do with this situation?  If a catcher is blocking the plate, then at some point in time he will get hit, that's baseball.

JanSchaefer
JanSchaefer

Alan8: Your remark to me shows your a vain and a little juvenile.  I made no degrading comments to you but not so, you to me just because we disagree. 1. Was the runner safe or out?  2.Has Molina ever made the all star team and won a gold glove? Molina was just doing his job and that was the best way to do it. Harrison could have done things differently.

KathleenStuparitz
KathleenStuparitz

Molina totally blocked his access to the plate - he had nowhere to get an appendage in there to touch home plate - he had no choice but to go through him - next time, Yady, move over a little bit!

Alan8
Alan8

If Yadi didn't want to get hit he wouldn't have been in front of the plate blocking it. Go ahead, I'll give you a minute to scroll up to the picture above and see how he's clearly in front. It's not incumbent upon the runner to try to avoid the catcher if said catcher is 'up the line.' Anyone who has ever played the game knows this (I was a catcher myself and I never complained when there was contact when I was blocking the plate) and that's why every - and I do mean every - analyst would agree that this is a clean play. 

 

Learn the game first before you start popping off.

JanSchaefer
JanSchaefer

Clean play?  Ever heard of sliding?  Could he slide around one side or the other of the catcher rather than trying to go through him? 

Where did he hit the catcher? Lower bidy? Chest? Arm pit area?  No--the hit was to the head.  Direct head hitting is illegel in the NFL but not in MLB?  How much sense does that make?