Molinas: ‘Uplifting, exciting’ watching Contreras brothers originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago
ST. LOUIS — Cubs catcher Willson Contreras and his little brother, William, aren’t the only people in baseball rooting for William to join Willson as a National League All-Star this year.
“That would be amazing,” said Bengie Molina, the eldest brother in baseball’s all-time royal family of catching.
“That was something I always thought about,” said Molina, who’s now a broadcaster for little brother Yadi’s Cardinals. “That was something in our heads. Winning championships together, it’s pretty special. Me and José, we did it. Coaching Yadi [as a member of the Cards’ staff] and almost winning with him in ’13 — all those moments.
“But can you imagine that — the All-Star game?” Bengie said.
Willson, the Cubs’ World Series-winning catcher as a rookie in 2016, is expected to earn a third career selection as the National League starter for next month’s game at Dodger Stadium. William, the Braves’ 24-year-old, second-year catcher, is second in fan voting among NL designated hitters.
“I mean, they went crazy when they played against each other,” Bengie said of the first-ever Contreras matchup in last week’s Cubs-Braves series at Wrigley Field. “So now you put them in the All-Star game together, it’s super amazing.”
It’s the one thing the three catching Molinas never pulled off.
Bengie, middle-brother José and baby Yadi each has two World Series rings, including a 2002 Angels championship shared by Bengie and José. They have 11 combined Gold Gloves (nine for Yadi; two for Bengie).
Yadi, who’s likely out of the running for next month’s game because of a knee injury, has all 10 Molina All-Star selections.
It’s still probably a long shot that William makes the All-Star team this year.
But a changing of the guard in family business of MLB catching is certainly underway.
And whether the Contreras brothers wind up meeting the…