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Full Name: Jose Benjamin (Matta) Molina Primary Position: C
Height/Weight: 6' 2"/245 First Game: September 6, 1999
Birthdate: June 3, 1975 MLB Experience: 8 years
Birthplace: Bayamon, Puerto Rico
Bat/Throw: Right/Right


Biography

Jose Molina (Jose Benjamin (Matta) Molina) was born on June 3, 1975 in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. He made his Major League debut on September 6, 1999 for the Chicago Cubs. In 2004, his rookie year, he hit .261 with 3 home runs and 25 RBI. Molina played for the Chicago Cubs and Anaheim Angels over the course of his 7 year career.

]]. At 6' 2" and weighing 220 pounds, Molina is taller and more slender than his older brother Bengie Molina, who now plays for the Toronto Blue Jays. Their younger brother, Yadier Molina, is also a catcher, playing for the 2006 World Series champions, the St. Louis Cardinals. The three brothers are the only in MLB history to win World Series championship rings.

José Molina's first major league team was the Chicago Cubs, for whom he played 10 games in 1999. He joined the then-Anaheim Angels in 2001, but played only a handful of games before establishing himself during the 2002 season as the Angels backup catcher for his brother, Bengie.

Following Bengie's departure from the Angels, José Molina entered the 2006 season as the Angels' new starting catcher, though it was generally expected that rookie Jeff Mathis would also see substantial time handling the team's catching duties over the course of the season. However, Mathis struggled during the first month of the season and was demoted to the minor leagues. Molina's own offensive struggles, however, cast doubt on whether that move will result in increased playing time for him. The promising offensive performance of Mathis' replacement on the roster, rookie Mike Napoli, has once again relegated Molina to the role of a backup catcher; that was until he was traded to the New York Yankees during the 2008 MLB season.

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Batting Stats

Year Team G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS AVG OBP SLG OPS
1999 CHC 10 19 3 5 1 0 0 1 2 4 0 0 .263 .333 .316 .649
2001 ANA 15 37 8 10 3 0 2 4 3 8 0 0 .270 .325 .514 .839
2002 ANA 29 70 5 19 3 0 0 5 5 15 0 2 .271 .312 .314 .626
2003 ANA 53 114 12 21 4 0 0 6 1 26 0 0 .184 .210 .219 .429
2004 ANA 73 203 26 53 10 2 3 25 10 52 4 1 .261 .296 .374 .670
2005 LAA 75 184 14 42 4 0 6 25 13 41 2 0 .228 .286 .348 .634
2006 LAA 78 225 18 54 17 0 4 22 9 49 1 0 .240 .273 .369 .642
2007 LAA 40 125 9 28 8 0 0 10 3 30 2 1 .224 .242 .288 .530
2007 NYY 29 66 9 21 5 0 1 9 2 13 0 0 .318 .333 .439 .773
Career 402 1043 104 253 55 2 16 107 48 238 9 4 .243 .279 .345 .624

Fielding Stats

Year Team POS G GS INN PO TC A E DP FPCT
1999 CHC C 10 7 57 44 49 5 0 1 1.000
2001 ANA C 15 12 103 78 84 6 0 1 1.000
2002 ANA C 29 24 210 155 174 16 3 3 .983
2003 ANA C 53 39 332 221 239 17 1 0 .996
2004 ANA 1B 2 0 6 5 6 1 0 2 1.000
2004 ANA C 70 57 524 441 481 37 3 4 .994
2005 LAA C 65 53 480 408 452 41 3 6 .993
2005 LAA 1B 4 1 10 10 10 0 0 2 1.000
2006 LAA 1B 3 0 5 4 4 0 0 2 1.000
2006 LAA C 76 71 603 502 560 50 8 4 .986
2007 LAA C 40 37 323 283 304 17 4 2 .987
2007 NYY C 29 16 169 153 166 13 0 1 1.000
Total 412 320 2853 2329 2555 204 22 28 .991

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