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07:39 AM ET 12.24 | Bengie Molina had plans, you see. He had a fishing trip to Alaska, a journey to Europe to "check out some soccer games" and an interest in maybe visiting the Little League World Series in Pennsylvania. He wanted to take his wife, a tennis fan, to one of the summer Grand Slam events. But Wimbledon will have to wait. There are other sites, all similar and only remotely scenic, that Molina will tour in 2013 -- the batting cages of the National League. ... Molina and the Cardinals are in the process of finalizing a contract that will make him the team's new assistant hitting coach. A formal announcement is expected after the holidays. Yadier Molina's older brother will replace John Mabry, who was promoted to hitting coach after Mark McGwire relocated.

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December 24, 2012  08:28 AM ET

Ex catchers make great coaches. I like entwining the Monlina family into the Cardinals organization.

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December 24, 2012  09:10 AM ET
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Bengie Molina a hitting coach? What's next, David Ortiz as your infield instructor?

He's only an assistant hitting coach. He'll be carrying the bats and the balls.

December 24, 2012  10:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Bengie Molina a hitting coach? What's next, David Ortiz as your infield instructor?

How about John Mayberry as Hitting Coach?

"Son... you grab this stick and swing it as hard as you can"...

December 24, 2012  10:59 AM ET

Yes, because all successful major league coaches and managers were HOF players. Oh wait, most great coaches and managers were bench warmers and most HOF players are horrible coaches.

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December 24, 2012  01:32 PM ET

There seems to be a great deal of baseball knowledge in the Molina family. I'm more than willing so see Bengie be given a shot at coaching. We've seen time and again that coaching and doing are very different activities.

I thought giving McGwire the job when he had no coaching experience was a bad idea. I was very wrong on that one. I'll give this one a chance before complaining.

December 24, 2012  02:17 PM ET
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He's only an assistant hitting coach. He'll be carrying the bats and the balls.

everything starts with a small assaigment, been assistant hitting coach should open bigger doors in 2 or 3 years from now, who knows eventually this bengie molina could become a cards new manager,,,

December 24, 2012  02:21 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

There seems to be a great deal of baseball knowledge in the Molina family. I'm more than willing so see Bengie be given a shot at coaching. We've seen time and again that coaching and doing are very different activities. I thought giving McGwire the job when he had no coaching experience was a bad idea. I was very wrong on that one. I'll give this one a chance before complaining.

yes its better just study the new assistant hitting coach, then after a one year in that position anybody could bring in their own opinion!!

December 24, 2012  02:24 PM ET
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Yes, because all successful major league coaches and managers were HOF players. Oh wait, most great coaches and managers were bench warmers and most HOF players are horrible coaches.

sometimes big hof players are just unable to solve the puzzle, could it be because they allways felt no need for that type of a job?? or they just didn't feel the need to be a part of instructors on any league at all??

 
December 24, 2012  04:43 PM ET
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everything starts with a small assaigment, been assistant hitting coach should open bigger doors in 2 or 3 years from now, who knows eventually this bengie molina could become a cards new manager,,,

I was being facetious.

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