Yadier Benjamin Molina, better known by his nickname Yadi, was born on the 13th July 1982, in Bayamón, Puerto Rico, and is a professional baseball player in the position of catcher in the Major League Baseball (MLB) for the St. Louis Cardinals. His career has been active since 2004.
Have you ever wondered how rich Yadier Molina is, as of late 2016? It has been estimated by authoritative sources that the total size of Molina’s net worth is as high as $45 million, which has been accumulated through his successful career as a professional baseball player.
Yadier Molina Net Worth $45 Million
Yadier Molina is the son of Benjamin Molina, Sr., who was known as an amateur baseball player and was elected into the Puerto Rican baseball Hall of Fame in 2002, and Gladys Matta; he is the younger brother of José and Bengie, both of whom are baseball players as well. Thanks to his father, who taught them all about sports, Yadier showed interest in baseball from the age of five. He went to Maestro Ladíslao Martínez High School in Vega Alta, where he played in the youth league, after which he was the starting catcher of the amateur league team the Hatillo Tigres, in a team filled with players around 10 years older than himself. Soon he caught the attention of the MLB scouts, and even before the draft that would change his life, Molina was on a trial with the Cincinnati Reds, and surely impressed scouts and coaches, but still, at the 2000 MLB Draft, he was selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the fourth round.
Yadier spent four years in the minor leagues developing his skills further, and then made his debut in the MLB on the 3rd June 2004. From that point, he became one of the best players of the St. Louis Cardinals. He made seven consecutive All-Star game appearances, from 2009 until 2015, also he has been the winner of the Gold Glove Award eight times, from 2008 until 2015. Furthermore, he has four Platinum Glove Award, which he won in 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2015, and most importantly, he has been a World Series champion twice with the St. Louis Cardinals, in 2006 and 2011. His net worth also soared with the Cardinals, as he signed a contract worth $75 million in 2012 for a period of five years, which will also grant him another $15 million for the 2018 season, and will certainly increase further his net worth.
Currently, Molina has made 108 home runs, and has a batting average of .285, while his RBI currently stands at 703.
Speaking about his personal life, Yadier Molina has been married to Wanda Torres since 2007, with whom he has three children. Yadier is a well-known philanthropist; he founded the charity organization Foundation 4, which helps children with cancer. He spends his time divided between his residences in Vega Alta, Puerto Rico, and Jupiter, Florida USA.
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