Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Cards Owner Says Molina-Matheny Flare-Up Was 'Unfortunate'

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Cards Owner Says Molina-Matheny Flare-Up Was 'Unfortunate'

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Speaking in Cooperstown, N.Y., where he was attending Hall of Fame-related meetings Saturday, Cardinals chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. said he thought the firestorm that emanated on Friday after Gold Glove catcher Yadier Molina went on Instagram to argue that he was not tired, as he thought had been insinuated by manager Mike Matheny, was "unfortunate.

"I think Yadi didn't read the situation the way Mike meant it," DeWitt told Post-Dispatch columnist Jose de Jesus Ortiz.

"Mike didn't say he was tired. He sort of didn't finish the sentence that (Molina) was a little banged up and it was good to give him a day, and it made sense for Carson Kelly to catch Weaver, who's had a lot of success at Triple-A.

"Yadi misunderstood what (Matheny) said and took it to mean he was tired, which was not it. (Matheny) said he was banged up. Mike's explained that. The fact that (Molina) put it on Instagram, I think, was a mistake. I think he should have gone to Mike and discussed it rather than blow up the social media world.

"These things happen throughout a season, and you just want them to stay in the clubhouse and not get some overly public issues out like that. But I think Mike handled it pretty well."

DeWitt went on to say, "I didn't like that situation. That wasn't necessary, and I think there's better ways to express your displeasures than tweeting or Instagramming the world."

Had he been in St. Louis, DeWitt said he would have broached the subject with Molina. "Mo (president of baseball operations John Mozeliak) is there and talked to him, and Mike's talked to him," said DeWitt.

Matheny responded, "Great," when asked how he and Molina were doing Saturday.

"The conversations we have, the things we do inside all the time, are not necessarily anybody else's business," said Matheny. "Unfortunately, some things went public. Things happen like this all the time. They just don't normally get out."

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