Molinas: Watching the Contrera Brothers was initially “uplifting and thrilling” on NBC Sports activities Chicago
ST. LOUIS – Cubs catcher Willson Contreras and his little brother William aren’t the one individuals who need baseball to hitch Willson on this yr’s Nationwide League star match.
“That may be wonderful,” stated Bengie Molina, the oldest brother within the baseball household of all time.
“That is what I’ve all the time thought,” stated Molina, who’s now the presenter of little brother Yadi’s Cardinals. “It was one thing in our heads. Collectively to win the championships, it is fairly particular. Me and José, we did it. Yadi’s steerage [as a member of the Cards’ staff] and nearly gained with him within the yr 13 – all these moments.
“However are you able to think about that – a recreation of stars?” stated Bengie.
Willson, a catcher who gained the Cubs World Championship as a newcomer in 2016, will earn his third profession alternative because the starter for the Nationwide League subsequent month at Dodger Stadium. William, the courageous 24-year-old second-year catcher, is second amongst NL beaters in a fan vote.
“I feel they went loopy enjoying in opposition to one another,” Bengie stated of Contreras’ first recreation of all time in final week’s Cubs-Braves collection at Wrigley Subject. “Now you set them collectively within the Star Sport, it is extraordinarily wonderful.”
That is one factor that the three Molina who tried have been by no means capable of do.
Bengiel, center brother Josel, and child Yadi each have two World Sequence rings, together with the 2002 Angel Championship, shared by Bengie and José. They’ve 11 mixed gold gloves (9 for Yadi; two for Bengie).
Yadi, who’s prone to be out of play subsequent month because of a knee damage, has all 10 Molina star selections.
William’s entry into the Star Workforce this yr might be a great distance off.
Nevertheless, the MLB seize household enterprise is certainly present process a shift.
And no matter whether or not the Brothers Contreras meet the bar set by the Molina brothers, the Molinas benefit from the efficiency so long as there are not any comparisons.
“I do not suppose it is honest,” Bengie stated. “I do not suppose it is honest to them. I do not suppose it is honest to us.
“I feel the 2 males I’ve seen are very, very gifted,” he added. “They’re actually robust youngsters. They appear to be very cohesive, family-wise. It is a highly effective man. … Simply to have a look at them. I do not see that a lot right this moment.
“It is vitally distinctive for us to see it, very uplifting. Very thrilling for me. Each time I see it [Willson], man, this man has a lot expertise that it’s unimaginable. I’ve by no means had half his expertise. “
Willson, who is predicted to change inside two weeks after the Star Sport (if not earlier than the sport), has been within the huge leagues for six years and per week. William made his debut firstly of the 2020 pandemic season, enjoying 4 video games earlier than returning to a 52-player newcomer season final yr.
Bengie stated he thinks it is too early to start out evaluating the 2 units of brothers, who’ve a traditionally uncommon frequent success with huge corporations.
Molina has been caught in important tournaments yearly since 1998 – and not less than as soon as within the final 14 of the 20 playoffs. Molina’s run ends this yr as Yadi (who’s away from the Cardinals for rehab). ), having stated that that is his final season.
Bengie stated he is simply having fun with what the Contreras brothers are doing proper now.
“I adore it,” he stated. “As a result of I have been there.”
And he helps the likelihood for Willson and William to share a clubhouse on the identical group, even when it is only for one recreation – partly as a result of he stated they’d by no means count on to be on the identical group for a similar season.
“It isn’t a damaging factor. They’re simply good,” he stated. “They’re each No. 1 catchers.”
After a 13-year excessive league profession that did not final as a few years as both of his brothers, Bengie is aware of how uncommon household success is.
“What our household, as Molina, did, I’ve all the time stated, ‘When Yadi retires and we play dominoes at dwelling or have enjoyable within the pool, it seems how superior we had a profession,'” Bengie stated. We’ll look forward to that.
“We grew up very humble, so we do not like to speak a lot about us. However it’s actually uncommon. I hope folks know that it’s actually uncommon for 3 brothers to be in the identical place and succeed.
Subsequently, comparisons with MLB’s next-generation catch charges will not be honest, he stated.
“I do know they’re gifted, and I do know they in all probability have a superb profession,” Bengie stated. “However after they’re completed, we’ll have that dialog.”
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