Yadier Molina passes Albert Pujols as Cardinals’ all-time post-season hits leader

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With a second-inning single to left field off of Giants starter Jake Peavy, Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina passed Albert Pujols as the team’s all-time post-season hits leader with 89, per Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY.

As a Cardinal, Pujols hit .330/.439/.607 with 18 home runs and 52 RBI in 321 plate appearances across 74 playoff games. Entering Sunday night’s NLCS Game 2, Molina was batting .289/.343/.374 with three home runs and 31 RBI in 332 plate appearances in 85 playoff games.

Obviously, the record doesn’t have a whole lot of correlation to actual production; it’s merely a function of opportunity.

O’Day retires following 15 seasons for 6 major league teams

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ATLANTA (AP) Right-hander Darren O'Day, who posted a 4.15 ERA in 28 games with the Atlanta Braves in 2022, announced Monday he is retiring after 15 seasons for six teams in the major leagues.

O’Day said on his Twitter account “it’s finally time to hang ’em up.”

“The mental, physical and time demands have finally outweighed my love for the game,” O’Day said.

O’Day, 40, featured an unconventional sidearm delivery. He was 42-21 with a 2.59 ERA in 644 games, all in relief. He made his major league debut in 2008 with the Angels and pitched seven seasons, from 2012-18, for the Baltimore Orioles.

He posted a 4.43 ERA in 30 postseason games, including the 2010 World Series with the Texas Rangers.

O’Day also pitched for the New York Mets and New York Yankees. He pitched for the Braves in 2019-20 before returning for his second stint with the team last season. He became a free agent following the season.

He set a career high with six saves for Baltimore in 2015, when he was 6-2 with a 1.52 ERA and was an AL All-Star.