WELCOME BACK: Molina was named the club's first base coach and catching instructor on Nov. 12…returns to the franchise where he completed his playing career with a World Series run in 2010 after being acquired by the Rangers in a July 1, 2010 trade with the San Francisco Giants.
2013: In his first coaching assignment, spent the 2013 season as the assistant hitting coach for the National League-champion St. Louis Cardinals…assisted first-year hitting coach John Mabry with an offense that led the N.L. in runs (783), on-base percentage (.332), and doubles (322)…Cardinals hitters also batted .330 with runners in scoring position, easily the highest in a season by any club since that stat was first tracked in 1974.
PLAYING CAREER: A career .274 hitter for the Angels (1998-2005), Blue Jays (2006), Giants (2007-10), and Rangers (2010), the two-time A.L. Gold Glove Award winner was the starting catcher for Anaheim's 2002 World Series champion club…led the A.L. in caught stealing percentage in each of his Gold Glove campaigns (2002 and 2003) and ranks in the top five all-time in fielding percentage (.994) among catchers (minimum 1000 games)…his Gold Glove in 2002 snapped Ivan Rodriguez's 10-year reign in the A.L. (all with Texas)…hit at least 15 home runs in five straight seasons from 2005-09, including a career-high 20 HR with San Francisco in 2009…was a member of four playoff teams (2002-04-05 with Angels; 2010 with Rangers), batting .393 (11-28) with runners in scoring position in his postseason career…homered in three straight games against the Yankees to open the 2005 ALDS…was acquired by Texas from San Francisco on July 1, 2010, along with cash considerations, in exchange for right-handed pitchers Chris Ray and Michael Main...had a postseason average of .293 (12-41) with two home runs and eight RBI in the Rangers' run to a first-ever World Series appearance that year…hit a go-ahead three-run homer in sixth inning of 2010 ALCS Game 4 at Yankee Stadium…his last major league game came as the Rangers' catcher in Game 5 of the 2010 World Series…hit for the cycle with Texas on July 16, 2010 at Boston's Fenway Park, when he became just the eighth player since 1900 to hit a grand slam as part of a cycle.
PERSONAL: Benjamin Jose Molina…resides in Yuma, Ariz. with wife Jamie…has three daughters: Kyshly (19), Kelssy (15), and Jayda (4)…is the older brother of Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina and Rays catcher Jose Molina…the trio's father, Benjamin, Sr., was inducted into the Puerto Rico Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame as a second baseman on Oct. 27, 2002, the same day of 2002 World Series Game 7.