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Bengie Molina officially retires with a party

Posted on: February 26, 2012 6:54 pm
 
By Matt Snyder

What, you didn't know that Bengie Molina wasn't retired yet? Hard to blame anyone who didn't, because he did not play at all in 2011. He just had never offically announced his retirement. Saturday night (via CSNBayArea.com), in the form of a retirement party with former Giants teammates, it happened. So he's now off the free agency market.

Molina, 37, retires with a career line of .274/.307/.411 with 144 home runs and 711 RBI in 1,362 regular-season games. He has two World Series rings (he got a ring from the 2010 Giants, even though he was traded July 1 of that season), just like his two brothers, Yadier and Jose. Bengie Molina played for the Angels, Blue Jays, Giants and Rangers. He won the AL Gold Glove in 2002 and 2003, when he was the Angels' starting catcher.

Up next for Molina? Take it away, CSNBayArea.com:
Next up for Molina is some traveling, fishing and enjoying time with his wife and two daughters. He wants to take a trip to see the Olympics in London. Then, in a year or two, he plans to look for a coaching position where he can make an impact. His late father, Benjamin, was deeply invested in youth baseball in Puerto Rico until the day he died of a heart attack in 2008. He was crossing the street with boxes of baseballs in his hands when he collapsed.

“I want to dedicate myself to do what my dad did: teaching kids how to play, and also how to be a better person and how to love their families,” Bengie said. “I’m going to try to pass it on.”

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Comments

Since: May 20, 2007
Posted on: February 27, 2012 5:32 pm
 

Bengie Molina officially retires with a party

Sorry Bengie.... Just one fat joke.....

Retired???? I just saw him out at AT&T and he was still rounding third!

Love you man!



Since: Jun 2, 2009
Posted on: February 27, 2012 2:54 pm
 

Bengie Molina officially retires with a party

This guy was great!  I loved him in Toronto... for a season.  Really going to miss his speed.



Since: Sep 12, 2011
Posted on: February 27, 2012 1:44 pm
 

Bengie Molina officially retires with a party

Best of luck to Bengie. (Perhaps the slowest runner I ever saw)



Since: Jun 15, 2009
Posted on: February 27, 2012 1:33 pm
 

Bengie Molina officially retires with a party

 Bengie was a classy guy and a great catcher. Sad to see him hang em up. Thanks for the year with the Jays. Nobody chugged the bases like ol Bengie. All the best to you mang



Since: Oct 28, 2006
Posted on: February 26, 2012 9:27 pm
 

Bengie Molina officially retires with a party

Nice to see a player, from any sport, who wants to give back to the youth and the game that made him wealthy. It's always cheesy when these guys say that they have a foundation to help because everybody knows foundation is just another word for tax shelter.



Since: Nov 20, 2011
Posted on: February 26, 2012 9:16 pm
 

Bengie Molina officially retires with a party

He sounds like a true class act.  Always seemed a little underrated.  He put up some pretty good numbers for someone considered a defensive specialist.


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