Bengie Molina Stats

Bengie Molina was born on Saturday, July 20, 1974, in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico. Molina was 24 years old when he broke into the big leagues on September 21, 1998, with the Anaheim Angels. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Bengie Molina baseball stats page.

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"Before he settled in for a career behind the plate, before he became a 233-pounder with the speed of a snow plow, Bengie Molina was a lithe and rangy shortstop for Arizona Western Community College. Yes, that Bengie Molina. The player that Giants manager Bruce Bochy has diplomatically described as "not being born with the gift of speed" first set out to make the majors as the next Ozzie Smith . He had deft hands, a rifle arm and enough speed that he usually hit in the No. 2 hole. To this day, when Molina plays in alumni games, he trots out to his old shortstop position and shows off his balletic gifts. "He's good, too," said John Stratton, the Matadors' coach since 1984. "The body doesn't look the part, but the action still does. He's got those quick feet and those smooth hands." Suffice to say, things worked out just fine with the position switch. Molina enters this season as one the greatest offensive catchers in Giants history. His .278 average since joining the team in 2007 is the highest among all San Francisco catchers with at least 350 games. No Giants backstop can match his 256 RBIs over a three-year span. But once upon a time, in a uniform size far, far away, Molina was a scrappy middle infielder with a decent set of wheels." - Sportswriter Daniel Brown in The Mercury News (03/18/2010, 'Bengie Molina chased down his dream,' Source )

Bengie Molina

Bengie Molina Autograph on a 2005 Topps Total Baseball Card (#323)

Bengie Molina Autograph on a 2005 Topps Total Baseball Card (#323)

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Birth Name:
Benjamin José Molina ( Twitter : @BengieMolina1 )
Nickname:
Ben - Bengie - Big Money
Born On:
07-20-1974  (Cancer)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico
Year of Death Data Died On:
Still Living ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Still Living
Cemetery:
n/a
High School:
Maestro Ladí High School (Vega Alta, PR)
College:
Arizona Western Community College
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Right
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Right
Player Height Chart Height:
5-11
Player Weight Chart Weight:
225
First Game:
09-21-1998 (Age 24)
Last Game:
11-01-2010
Draft:
Undrafted Free Agent

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Bengie Molina Pitching Stats

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Bengie Molina Hitting Stats

1998 24 Angels 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1999 25 Angels 31 101 8 26 5 0 1 0 10 6 0 6 0 0 2 5 .257 .312 .337
2000 26 Angels 130 473 59 133 20 2 14 1 71 23 0 33 4 7 6 17 .281 .318 .421
2001 27 Angels 96 325 31 85 11 0 6 0 40 16 3 51 2 4 8 8 .262 .309 .351
2002 28 Angels 122 428 34 105 18 0 5 0 47 15 3 34 6 6 4 15 .245 .274 .322
2003 29 Angels 119 409 37 115 24 0 14 0 71 13 2 31 2 4 2 17 .281 .304 .443
2004 30 Angels 97 337 36 93 13 0 10 1 54 18 1 35 2 4 2 18 .276 .313 .404
2005 31 Angels 119 410 45 121 17 0 15 0 69 27 2 41 5 6 1 14 .295 .336 .446
2006 32 Blue Jays 117 433 44 123 20 1 19 1 57 19 1 47 0 2 4 15 .284 .319 .467
2007 33 Giants 134 497 38 137 19 1 19 1 81 15 2 53 1 2 2 13 .276 .298 .433
2008 34 Giants 145 530 46 155 33 0 16 0 95 19 5 38 0 11 9 23 .292 .322 .445
2009 35 Giants 132 491 52 130 25 1 20 0 80 13 3 68 0 11 5 14 .265 .285 .442
2010 36 Giants 61 202 17 52 6 0 3 0 17 14 4 19 0 2 3 7 .257 .312 .332
2010 36 Rangers 57 175 10 42 6 1 2 1 19 10 0 15 5 4 1 7 .240 .279 .320
13 Years 1,362 4,812 457 1,317 217 6 144 5 711 208 26 471 27 63 49 173 .274 .307 .411

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Bengie Molina Fielding Stats

1998 Angels C 2 0 9 1 0.5 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000 3.00
1999 Angels C 30 30 768 213 7.1 211 192 19 2 2 3 15 10 .991 7.42
2000 Angels C 127 123 3,276 752 5.9 745 685 60 7 9 6 70 40 .991 6.14
2001 Angels C 94 89 2,345 568 6.0 563 527 36 5 4 4 60 28 .991 6.48
2002 Angels C 121 114 3,043 768 6.3 767 707 60 1 6 5 43 35 .999 6.81
2003 Angels C 117 109 2,849 740 6.3 735 672 63 5 10 4 45 36 .993 6.97
2004 Angels C 89 89 2,286 656 7.4 653 597 56 3 5 6 51 18 .995 7.71
2005 Angels C 105 100 2,619 691 6.6 688 641 47 3 5 10 44 20 .996 7.09
2006 Blue Jays C 99 98 2,526 664 6.7 662 614 48 2 6 11 68 15 .997 7.08
2007 Giants C 129 125 3,312 877 6.8 869 808 61 8 4 16 53 23 .991 7.08
2008 Giants C 136 132 3,384 1,063 7.8 1,058 987 71 5 6 5 68 36 .995 8.44
2009 Giants C 123 120 3,126 1,024 8.3 1,019 942 77 5 8 4 85 25 .995 8.80
2010 Giants C 58 55 1,374 433 7.5 432 396 36 1 4 3 79 24 .998 8.49
2010 Rangers C 55 50 1,317 384 7.0 379 355 24 5 1 1 0 0 .987 7.77
C Totals 1,285 1,234 32,234 8,834 6.9 8,782 8,124 658 52 70 78 681 310 .994 7.36
13 Years 1,285 1,234 32,234 8,834 6.9 8,782 8,124 658 52 70 78 681 310 .994 7.36

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Bengie Molina Miscellaneous Stats

1998 Angels 0 0 .000 1 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 - - -
1999 Angels 0 1 .000 1 0 0 101.0 16.8 10.1 - - -
2000 Angels 1 0 1.000 2 0 2 33.8 14.3 6.7 - - -
2001 Angels 0 1 .000 5 0 1 54.2 6.4 8.1 - - -
2002 Angels 0 0 .000 7 0 0 85.6 12.6 9.1 - - -
2003 Angels 1 1 .500 8 0 0 29.2 13.2 5.8 - - -
2004 Angels 0 1 .000 12 0 5 33.7 9.6 6.2 - - -
2005 Angels 0 2 .000 7 0 0 27.3 10.0 5.9 - - -
2006 Blue Jays 1 1 .500 3 0 0 22.8 9.2 7.6 - - -
2007 Giants 0 0 .000 7 0 0 26.2 9.4 6.1 - - -
2008 Giants 0 0 .000 11 0 0 33.1 13.9 5.6 - - -
2009 Giants 0 0 .000 11 0 0 24.6 7.2 6.1 - - -
2010 Giants 0 0 .000 5 0 0 67.3 10.6 11.9 - - -
2010 Rangers 0 0 .000 1 0 0 87.5 11.7 9.2 - - -
13 Years 3 7 .300 81 0 8 33.4 10.2 6.8 - - -

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Bengie Molina Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1998 Anaheim Angels 63 $170,000.00 - -
1999 Anaheim Angels 63 $200,000.00 - -
2000 Anaheim Angels 5 , 1 $210,000.00 - -
2001 Anaheim Angels 1 $350,000.00 - -
2002 Anaheim Angels 1 $350,000.00 - Stats
2003 Anaheim Angels 1 $1,425,000.00 - -
2004 Anaheim Angels 1 $2,025,000.00 - -
2005 Los Angeles Angels 1 $3,000,000.00 - -
2006 Toronto Blue Jays 1 $4,500,000.00 - -
2007 San Francisco Giants 1 $4,000,000.00 - -
2008 San Francisco Giants 1 $6,250,000.00 - -
2009 San Francisco Giants 1 $6,500,000.00 - -
2010 San Francisco Giants 1 $4,500,000.00 - -
2010 Texas Rangers 11 $4,500,000.00 - Stats
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Did you know that Bengie Molina is one of only eight players in Major League history to have played for both the American and National League teams that reached the World Series during the same season? Did you know that of the elite eight, only three of them actually appeared in a World Series game for one of the two teams (they appear below in bold print)?

Bengie Molina hit a home run on September 26, 2008 , but didn't score a run - the only player in baseball history to homer, but not get credit for a run . How did it happen? The AP wrote:

"It was kind of like a twilight zone thing. It was a pretty weird situation," Dave Roberts said.

In the sixth, Molina lined the first pitch from Scott Proctor to the roof in right and the ball ricocheted onto the grass below. Molina stayed at first and Emmanuel Burriss rushed out to pinch run before anybody could stop him, while ( Bruce ) Bochy hustled out to argue. After a brief discussion, the umpiring crew headed to the replay booth in the hidden umpire room behind home plate.

After about two minutes, they returned and crew chief Tim Welke signaled the home run -- the second time since baseball began using instant replay that an on-field call was overturned. Dodgers manager Joe Torre came out for an explanation.

"I was curious to see how long it would take," Torre said. "I didn't have any problem with it. The thing that made it interesting was the fact this wrinkle [ Burriss ] was added and made it longer. It was lighthearted. There was no arguing."

After a total delay of about 15 minutes, the crew ruled Burriss had to stay in the game and he was credited for the run scored, prompting San Francisco to play the game under protest.

"We conferred and decided to use the replay. We took a look and the ball clearly hit the green part of the wall, which is part of the ground rules that a ball hitting any part of the green thing it's a home run," Welke said. " Bochy wanted to reinsert Molina into the game but he doesn't get another bite at that. We know the rules. Once a pinch-runner touches a base he's in the game whether he's put in or not. Bochy wanted to protest the game. You can't go back and revisit history.

"We informed the official scorer that the game was being protested. In retrospect, he should have come out and discussed it before the pinch-runner. There is a rule that covers pinch-runners and that's the one we went by. ... The system worked and we got it right."

Source of Excerpt: Associated Press. September 27, 2008. Molina's instant-replay homer sparks Giant's 10th-inning defeat of Dodgers. Full Story .

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