Quick Q&A: with Giants Blogger about Bengie Molina

To be honest, I bet the Mets first push hard to trade for a starting catcher, like Pirates C Ryan Doumit, D-Backs C Chris Snyder or Rays C Dioner Navarro, and then, if all else fails go to a free-agent starting catcher, like Miguel Olivo, Benjie Molina or Rob Barajas, in hopes they take a one-year deal.

Molina appears to be the most controversial name of the bunch, among media and fans, so I sent an e-mail to Grant, from the Giants blog, McCovery Chronicles, and asked for his opinion of Molina, since he watched him play every day for the last three season.

Grant sent back an e-mail, which said:

“The more I think about it, the more I think that Molina is one of the worst everyday players in baseball, which is hard to do when you hit 20 home runs as a catcher.  But the on-base percentage is the league’s worst, and he’s certainly the worst baserunner in the game.  I should preface this by noting that I don’t put a lot of stock into things like game-calling, handling a pitching staff, or all of the other unquantifiables that people use to attribute value to a catcher.  I know that this isn’t everyone’s view, so your mileage may vary.  I think Tim Lincecum would have won two Cy Youngs with Mike Piazza behind the plate.  Others would disagree.  That’s where Molina’s value would really lie.

“Personally, I’m done watching Molina.  I’m tired of one-pitch outs, I’m tired of watching him stop at third when another Giant actually gets a hit with a runner in scoring position, and I’m tired of the organization believing that he’s indispensable. I’m not sure if I’d feel that way, though, if he were a No. 7 or No. 8 hitter.  So, maybe I’m not being fair by misdirecting frustration that should go towards the front office for putting Molina in a position to frustrate.”

To read more of Grant’s opinion on Molina, click here.

For what it’s worth, in the last day or so, I reached out to people in the Giants organization, and was told pitchers on the team feel Molina is terrific at game-calling, based on their pre-game approach, and the team believes he did a fantastic job communicating and working the their pitching staff, from older pitchers like Barry Zito to youngsters like Lincecum.




192 comments
David Di Gesu
David Di Gesu

I do notice a lot you your posts don't want to trade away prospects for a proven player. Sorry, unlike the Islanders teams around the league want equal value or close to it. Snow like the last 6 yrs will sign guys off the scrap heap or guys that know one wants.....They will pay a little more.


Dustin Penner and Dany Heatkey on the decline a dead ringer.

Scott Weinstein
Scott Weinstein

Glad that Boyle didn't sign here. He's not a difference maker and his best years are behind him.

tomba
tomba

"SELL THE TEAM CHIMP, SELL THE TEAM!"

David Di Gesu
David Di Gesu

Pitt. Penguins as reported by a few sources want Ryan Kessler.

The only way that can happen is by Pitt. freeing up Cap space.

This is Where Snow should be smart to make a move - though he's not that brit as is Wang.

Trade: 5th overall pick,, 3rd rounder, Top Prospect D-Man, Josh Bailey or Michael Grabner

For: James Neal and either Kris Latang or Paul Martin,

Trade: 5th Overall pick, 4th rounder, Top prospect D-man, and Josh Bailey.

For: James Neal and Rob Scuderi - but Pitt. has to at least eat up 1-1.5 mill of his salary.

TThen UFA Signings 

D- Markov (4 yrs @ 5.5 - 5.8 mill per)

F-  Dustin Penner or Dany Heatley (2-3 yrs @ 4 -4.5 mill. per.

Reason I mention Dustin Penner pr Heatly becuase they will be easier to sign playing here then the other UFA's.

Frank Trovato
Frank Trovato

A Contender? Toronto? These jokes just write themselves. 

gleichzahl
gleichzahl

i had zero interest in dan boyle.  imo it's not clownish that they can't manage to sign him.  it's clownish that they thought of this in the first place.  let the njd make that kind of move.

David Di Gesu
David Di Gesu

Chimpanzee can run this team better then the clowns in Wang and Snow!

David Di Gesu
David Di Gesu

Honestly if it's true 5.25 mill per year is not worth to sign Dan Boyle at this stage of his career.

I just don't get Wang - the Gremlin and Snow - the dark Vader, they Don't resign Matt Moulson and Mark Strait - 2 players that wanted to stay here and was better then any of the top 2 other then, JT & Okopso.

Again a chimpanzee can't run this better....I have my doubts Snow will even trade the 5th pick and get good value.

The rebuilding should be over in its 9th yr. Drafting any player in this years draft from 3 and on...will take 3yrs to even be considered NHL ready. By then JT will be gone!!!!

jepliberty
jepliberty

Dan Boyle won't sign with Islanders, Surprised? I wonder if there was a poll of every player in the NHL and ask them if they all was free agents to sign with any club, how many would express the sentiments of the title of this thread?

dinbigd
dinbigd

Until this teams management gets serious about winning all we can do is speculate.What's up w/ the sale? Are Isles for sale or not? NHL owners really need to weigh in on this dysfunctional franchise.

Sam Sam
Sam Sam

Tom Gilbert of the Florida Panthers is a free agent and is a solid puck moving righty defenseman who won't be that expensive that Snow would probably go after.  I think Gilbert paired with Reinhart would be fine.

Sam Sam
Sam Sam

Boyle made it clear he will test free agency July 1, how are the Isles going to get anything for him?  What team is that moronic to give us something for a 7 day window to talk to someone?

doc942
doc942

Not a big deal.  I liked the trade... but not bothered by the outcome.  If Garth can get a mid round pick in return it is a wash.

Martin Flatley
Martin Flatley

For Snow to think that Boyle (38) would rather sign with a rebuilding team rather than a contender at this late stage of his career shows just how out of touch he really is.

David Di Gesu
David Di Gesu

I would not be the least bit surprised if Garth Snow get only a 4th, 5th, or 6th round pick for Dan Boyle. Knowing he's made some stellar trades the last few times.

They need to trade the 5th pick, at least 2 prospect D-man, Josh Bailey, and Michael Grabner for the right price/trade.

A Gimpanzee can run this team better then the 2 clowns we have in Wang and Snow.

mrcisback
mrcisback

  Let me see, Dan Boyle wants to play for a contender including Toronto. Maybe somebody better inform Boyle that Toronto is slightly better then the Islanders if at all. I wasn't to crazy when they traded for Boyle's right anyway. I think he was the only defenseman on San Jose who was a plus minus in the negative.

sf

vegasvlo
vegasvlo

Bye Bye Danny boy. Life goes on.

Brian Bradley
Brian Bradley

I wish snow would trade dk and orange for a 5th round pick. This way they couldn't clog the threads up with their repetitive dribble all day Everyday

sparkey
sparkey

As far as i`m concerned, let Boyle sign with the just so incredible Maple Leafs or this big contender he thinks will want him and I hope he ends up having a miserable last few years. Screw you too Dan

Don22
Don22

@David Di Gesu Is this a reply to someone specific?  Can't tell.


Sooner or later the Isles are going to need to trade some of the young talent.  They won't all be able to play in the same lineup.  A few of them have the same type of roles. I don't think Garth is adverse to trading some of the prospects for the right deal, but I also don't think he is going to go the Milbury route of selling off good prospects for quick fixes that won't work long term.

Macacawitz
Macacawitz

@Jason Zimmermann He was originally drafted by the Islanders.  Like a lot of other guys who went on to have long, successful careers in other places.

Don22
Don22

@David Di Gesu Didn't you write the same thing the other day?  All 4 Pitt guys have some sort of no trade clauses (Neal starts next year). and I can't see them trading Neal or Letang.  Don't forget they also have their own UFA to sign in Niskanen and Orpik.  


I don't mind any of your UFA signing ideas, although I think maybe Penner is the only one that might consider signing. And I don't know if I give him more than 2 years/3 mil

dinbigd
dinbigd

@Sam Sam Not a bad idea. Anything at this point is better than staying the course.

isles23
isles23

Agreed doc. One of those situations were if he was signed good, if not no biggie. He wasn't going to be the glue for the team, just a vet to help the kids along is all I ever saw him as.

isles23
isles23

David, get only a 4th round pick? Considering we traded a 5th rounder to get him that would be moving up a round for nothing. I can say so many things right now but I'm going to be nice and just smh.

dkdk
dkdk

Hey MrC .... I think I would rather be spurned by an older defenseman at this point than have one come just for a last payday like Visnovsky. So while I really liked Boyle a lot in the day I agree it is probably best to look elsewhere. I just hope elsewhere is better than Carkner, Martinek, etc.

tpjm
tpjm

@Brian Bradley Bingo Brian. What will these 2 losers do when Wang sells most of the team?

dkdk
dkdk

Brian, truth hurts? Here's a tip skip everything I post. This is still America or close to it, there is no gun to your head to read it. That is all.

tpjm
tpjm

@snostorm I'm ecstatic that you're so butthurt pissed about moving to BROOKLYN that you mention it in basically every post. I hope you're as miserable as you appear.

jepliberty
jepliberty

@snostorm 

He should [Snow] have the intestinal fortitude to either quit, or purchase that book that Wang never finished, titled 'Hockey For Dummies' perhaps he would learn something, at least of how to make a viable trade to benefit this team that he was made GM of, at least that would be my wish at the moment, but unfortunately ineptitude is rewarded here, I guess that old adage applies, you know Birds of a feather, stick together.

dkdk
dkdk

It clearly is the owner snostorm, but snow is a huge component of that as every kid and their family knows how he was hired and how unqualified he is.

dkdk
dkdk

Brooklyn 's new spiffy arena is right around the corner and I was led to believe that the UFAs would be fighting on the streets to sign here. Could it be that wang and snow are the problem as every expert commentator has been saying?

erika
erika

@Macacawitz @Jason Zimmermann Met him and his wife several times...both were complete jerks, a rarity in the sport of hockey where my encounters with players has been 99% positive! incidentaly,  guys like Bossy, Gillies, Turgeon and Palfy were awesome! Darius Kasperitis was also a hoot...lot of fun!

doc942
doc942

@dkdk Revisionist history.  Visnovsky did not come here "for a last payday" as you say.  In fact, he was criticized heavily for NOT wanting to be here.  He had his reasons... sick child, wanting to play at home, confusion with his no trade clause etc etc etc.  I don't think that he should have been criticized for that situation at all and in fact, I think he was a good addition until he got hurt... now it looks as though he is a shell of his previous self.  It's too bad.  Was a good player.

camb33
camb33

@tpjm @Brian Bradley  probably talk hockey, with wang still around its kind of hard to do that, got it ya shill?

Brian Bradley
Brian Bradley

I dont read anything you guys post simply because you havent said anything new in a long time. Besides, its hard to avoid seeing your posts when you two comprise 98% of each comment thread. You two should just start texting each other or even better just send messages to on another on Facebook this way you can continue to 'like' each others posts till your fingers hurt. That is all

Don22
Don22

@orange2327 @dkdk  I wouldn't make that trade.  You guys are worth at least a #1 pick each.  But if they considered taking Bailey too, I might consider it.  ;-)

dkdk
dkdk

Orange if I wasn't indoctrinated in 1972 I would gladly accept a trade at this point.

jepliberty
jepliberty

@dkdk 

Exactly right dk, they are fighting each other on long lines trying to be 1st to sign with this team, just because they are moving to Bklyn. and that great hallowed hockey arena, known as the Barc.

bammer26
bammer26

@dkdk- The only fights we will see @ the billion dollar BC will come from the off center score board from Hockeyfights.com during home games..

dkdk
dkdk

Your view of freedom of speech ties back nicely to Obamas so for that you should be proud. So let's see when people share opinions they are "ganging up" and when people form some web based friendship that is also wrong. Good to know Bradley, good to know.

And by the way getting a 5th rounder from orange and myself is almost what snow got for Vanek.

dkdk
dkdk

Oh I get that snostorm, but perception wise the snow hiring is what truly made snow a laughingstock. His being in the GM chair epitomizes the wang disaster.

dkdk
dkdk

Hey orange .... We know that, but how many years were hearing about the Arena and all of the posts guaranteeing success and free agent signings when we left the Coli?

dkdk
dkdk

You know when we posted something new? When halak signed which was great. When we trade for Kane like so many thing we will, we will talk hockey. When we sign Gaborik as a UFA we will talk hockey. When we don't go ofer November we will talk hockey. When we win a round we will talk hockey. When wang gives us an effin reason to talk hockey we do. When does the clown owner gives us a chance to talk hockey? It is like Hayley's Comet.

dkdk
dkdk

I think in his fantasy league they have the rule that the commissioner has to approve all trades.

bammer26
bammer26

@orange2327 - LOLz, you just beat me to it Vic...! There will be better brawls OUTSIDE in that parking lot for sure. Hell, we should line up milk crates for VIP seating and standing room only with a free beer and make a mint on game nights. Rag games will be considered premium nights and fans will have to supply own crates and wheels for seating along with a BYOB...

bammer26
bammer26

And we can guarantee our patrons no obstructed views...maybe we can talk to corporate Pathmark to set up coffee/hot chocolate for those brisk nights in January..along with a buy one-get one free Wang azz warmers for those hard plastic crates.

dkdk
dkdk

Yep orange, but there are still a few that won't come to the defense of the dead horse so it needs to keep being kicked.

Same as Joe Louis arena being as bad or worse than the Coli and Detroit being America's version of Chernobyl (sadly enough) and yet they haven't missed the playoffs in what 23 years give or take?

dkdk
dkdk

Good old Bettman keeps the coyotes more than competitive for years and does ungats for us. Maybe he wants to have an owner shorter than him in he league.

dkdk
dkdk

Look at our other team, the mets ..... The Piazza led Mets drew 3.5m when Shea was rat infested and falling down. CitiField is a palace and they can't give seats away. There is no mystery about sports. You have good players and winning product people will show regardless of where the venue is.

jepliberty
jepliberty

@orange2327 

Yeah a Napoleon complex, and both with the same demeanor, can we exile Wang to the island of Elba also?

Don22
Don22

@dkdk I don't disagree. But with the Mets, at that time they were also offering richer contracts.  FAs would come for the money and deal with the deficiencies in the building.  I'm not saying the building is the reason for sure, but it at least has contributed.  The lack of a winning culture is the bigger culprit no doubt.

bammer26
bammer26

@dkdk - I would rather spend $30 bucks and sit in the mezzanine green seats at Shea than any seat in Citi. The new place has no ambiance, sure many amenities and restaurants, but how much can you eat during 9 innings? I still remember the one Piazza hit vs. the Braves to straight away center field. That ball was crushed and left the park quickly.


And let's not go to the Strawberry days. Man, that line up in '86 was fun. Dykstra, Straw, and that pitching staff. Sid Fernandez was lights out...

bammer26
bammer26

Here ya go dk and Vic. Probably pizzing off alot of the Yankme fans...


I was at this game. When that ball cleared the left field line, you could hear the roar in Suffolk..the place was jumping.


http://youtu.be/PpPyc2ghAvQ

dkdk
dkdk

3 peas in a pod

dkdk
dkdk

I was very lucky I had seats to the clinchers against San Fran and St Louis leading up to the Subway Series. I had good seats in the divisional series but pretty high upper bowl for the NLCS and the whole bowl was bouncing. For a second we really thought it was going to come down. It was crazy. Now citifield is a huge food court with a diamond in the middle of it

dkdk
dkdk

That one must have been awesome to be at

dkdk
dkdk

I liked a lot of the role players back then too. Kelvin Chapman, Teufel, and I had a soft spot for Walt Terrell.

bammer26
bammer26

@orange2327 - Yeah man, Bobby OOhhhhhhh...how about Bobby Bonilla going old school gangster in the locker room...LOL


Agreed, that '99 playoff year, Shea was smoking. You could hear the buzz driving in and parking in the lots.

bammer26
bammer26

@dkdk- Man, it was great. They were down 8 zip, and no one left. One guy in front of me kept chanting "we want rocker" and soon it was cascading thru Shea. Once they got a few runs in, you could feel something was brewing...


Boy, those John Rocker nights were epic as well...

dkdk
dkdk

Yeah rocker was a crazy time for that window of time.

dkdk
dkdk

The one guy I was really wrong about was Kevin Elster I always thought his bat would come around and become a big time player. Never happened but always had a solid glove. I think he may have averaged nearly a half a point per game ... Lol

dkdk
dkdk

Yep, I think the first memory I had of sports as a kid was Ralph Kiner and Lidsay Nelson. My Grandpa was a crazy Met fan so I always remember seeing those guys and recognising their voices even before I had a clue about what baseball really was.

bammer26
bammer26

@dkdk Kiner's Korner on WWOR channel nine. That was religion after a game, win or lose..

dkdk
dkdk

Danny Heap pinch hitting.

dkdk
dkdk

Oh that was epic. I used to a big Dale Murphy fan too back in the Launching Pad days.

bammer26
bammer26

@orange2327 - Epic battles there. I hated Vince Coleman, fker could run the bases and always found a way to hurt us..

dkdk
dkdk

God did I hate those Cardinal teams. Coleman, McGee, Herr, Clark. Ugh!

bammer26
bammer26

@dkdk- Yep, McGee was another one that could fly. When those two got on, it was bad news for the dude calling the signals for the opposing team. 

dkdk
dkdk

McGee was one ugly dude. Like Eddie Johnstone on the rags.

dkdk
dkdk

Ugh, how did I forget that prick. John Tudor always seemed so pompous too.

bammer26
bammer26

@dkdk  LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL, dude, I can't believe you just came up with Eddie Johnstone for the Rags...! That man was given the ugly stick by the puck gods...that big snozzer, those big bug eyes, and he was missing what the whole bottom row of his bicuspids..


I can still hear Jim Gordon and the Big Whistle calling his name during games...

bammer26
bammer26

@dkdk - And he threw nothing but off speed junk...! So aggravating..LOL

bammer26
bammer26

@orange2327 - That Royal's team was loaded back then. Remember Darrell Porter behind the plate..? RIP

bammer26
bammer26

@orange2327 - That was highway robbery. He got many many death threats during the off season and finally had to relocate his family..

dkdk
dkdk

86 was great. If you told me then that they would only have one title I would have thought you were crazy! Then again I never thought I would see an active player named GM either so .....