Cardinals’ Yadier Molina catches 2,000th career game with Nationals in town

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Molina catches 2,000th career game with Nationals in town originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina became just the sixth player in MLB history Wednesday to start his 2,000th game behind the plate. Facing the Nationals at Busch Stadium, starter Adam Wainwright fired the first pitch to Trea Turner before the game was paused for a standing ovation.

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“It’s incredible, it really is,” Nationals manager Davey Martinez said on a Zoom call before the game. “The position…catching, is tough as we all know it. To get 2,000 games in, congratulations to Yadi. That’s unbelievable. He’s still got a long way to go in his career but he’s had an amazing career.”

Molina is the first catcher to start 2,000 or more games for one team. It was fitting that he did so with Wainwright on the mound. The duo has started 277 games together, which ranks sixth all-time for the most games ever played by a starter-catcher battery.

The other five catchers to achieve the feat are Hall of Famers Iván Rodríguez, Carlton Fisk and Gary Carter as well as All-Stars Jason Kendall and Bob Boone. Molina is a nine-time All-Star, nine-time Gold Glove winner and two-time World Series champion.