Kurt Suzuki has added 15 pounds and talks to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle about how that extra muscle is going to help keep him from getting fatigued and stuff. Is he … in the BSOHL? No! That was last year:
Last year at this time, Suzuki felt he was in the best shape of his life, but he says now that that doesn’t always translate to his sport.
“Triathlon runners are in great shape, but it’s not baseball shape,” he said. “My body fat percentage was under 10, and now it’s 12 – they want it at 12 1/2-15 because I lose so much during the season. You can’t be skin and bones when you’re a catcher.”
So he’s been eating a lot of food in addition to hitting the gym. The article includes the sentence “When I added carbs, I started seeing the weight coming.”
Don’t I know it, Kurt, don’t I know it.
Yadier Molina has two World Series rings, multiple Gold Gloves, Platinum Gloves, All-Star appearances and a Silver Slugger award. He now has an all-time record too.
The record: the most games caught with one team. Last night he caught his 1756th career game with the Cardinals, with ties him with Gabby Hartnett of the Cubs, who last caught in 1941 and set the record in 1940, his last season with Chicago. Molina will break the record next time he dons the tools of ignorance, likely tonight against the Phillies.
Given how badly catchers get beaten up — and Molina has taken a beating at times in his career — and given how well mastery of the position leads to a catcher earning journeyman status, as it were, it’s quite a thing to catch that many games for one team.
Given that Molina is under contract with the Cardinals for two more seasons and has stated his desire to retire a Cardinal many times, he’s likely to put that record so far out of reach that it’ll likely take at least another 78 years to break it, if indeed it is ever broken.