November 10, 2012 by Matt Musico
Wondering exactly what this award is? I was too until I read about Yadier Molina capturing it for the second consecutive year. It’s an award that all Gold Glove winners in each league are eligible for, as fan voting decides who wins the Platinum award. This has only been around for two years, with Molina earning the honors for the NL both times.
His defensive prowess is well-known throughout Major League Baseball, but the youngest of the three Molina catchers has quickly become on of the best all-around players in the game. He’s won five straight Gold Glove awards, and put together a caught stealing percentage of 48%. In addition to these two accolades, Molina won the Fielding Bible award among NL catchers, the Wilson Sporting Goods best defender on his team, and is one of the finalists for best defensive player of the year in this year’s GIBBY awards.
He was also named one of the five finalists for NL MVP this season, as his offense has finally caught up to his defense. He enjoyed his second straight .300 season, sporting a .315/.373/.501 line with a career high in both home runs (22) and RBI (76).
This backstop is the complete package for the St. Louis Cardinals and is by far one of the best all-around players in the game today. Luckily for Mike Matheny and the Cardinals, he’s locked up until 2017 thanks to a 10-year/$96.5 million deal he signed back in 2008, with a club option for 2018. Talk about a bargain.