Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Hochman: Wrong Time and Place for Molina's Posts

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Hochman: Wrong Time and Place for Molina's Posts

Article excerpt

Yadi sure is getting some stuff off his chest protector.

And the timing just couldn't be worse.

It's clear that Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina is frustrated, but I don't like this approach to showing it unveiling two Instagram posts that take shots at manager Mike Matheny.

I can't believe Yadi doubled-down.

Molina is shooing aside the notion of future repercussions in the name of present frustration.

He's just a complex fellow, this legendary catcher of ours. He yearns for his team to win, prepares his body to play every danged game, even at age 35. Yet he unabashedly posts things on Instagram that could affect the team culture and chemistry and possibly divide an already fragile clubhouse.

I guess things for Yadi must have gotten pretty bad then, huh?

Before we jump deeper into this, a quick refresher.

Last Thursday: Matheny started Carson Kelly and said: "Yadi's caught a lot. Yesterday, just kind of watching him go around the bases, too, you could tell that he's, you know ..."

Last Friday: Molina displayed his anger about those comments on Instagram and told the media he had to defend himself.

Monday: Molina posted a photo of himself and former Cards coach Jose Oquendo, the fan and player favorite who is no longer on Matheny's staff. Molina posted under the photo: "missing this men right here 'secret weapon' old school baseball."

Now, some folks have wondered if the Oquendo post isn't related to the first post that Yadi just misses Jose and wanted to give him a shout-out. I don't buy it, but let's say that it was it's still a terrible look.

Oquendo is The Guy Who Didn't Get The Manager Job. So on Friday, Molina goes to Instagram and takes shots at the guy who did get the manager job ... and three days later posts praise about The Guy Who Didn't Get The Manager Job? Even if he meant it in a harmless way, it's doing harm.

And really, it's not even up to us to decide how it looks it's how the players will see it, how Matheny will see it, how management will see it. …

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