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One Molina brother on Willson, William Contreras: ‘Very uplifting’

One Molina brother on Willson, William Contreras: 'Very uplifting'

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…

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