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Yadier Molina enjoys having family around for this postseason run

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By John Bailey By John Bailey

(BaseballStL) -- This isn't the first time Cards catcher Yadier Molina has been to a World Series.  But it's certainly the first time he's done it with his own brother on the coaching staff.  Molina's older brother, Bengie, joined the organization as assistant hitting coach this offseason when John Mabry was promoted following the departure of Mark McGwire to Los Angeles.  

So having family with him every step of the way this season makes this moment extra special.

"I didn't play together with him, I played with my older brother, Jose, in winter ball," Yadier Molina said. "We had fun there but I never played with Bengie.  Having him on my side with him as a coach and me as a player is amazing."

Molina has worked hand in hand with these young pitchers since Day 1 of spring training.  He's like a second coach on the field and guides these young kids through the rigors of a game.  And don't forget, it was Molina who first said NLCS MVP Michael Wacha was Major League ready in March.

"Since spring training I've been telling people that he is something else.  The guy is unbelievable.  He's got the heart.  He has the talent.  Every pitch you can see him concentrate.  You can see him focus.  This guy is unbelievable," Molina said.

It's not just Wacha though.  It's the entire staff of young kids.  From Trevor Rosenthal to Carlos Martinez to Seth Maness and Kevin Siegrist, Mike Matheny has handed the keys to this team to guys who are barely legal to drink alcohol. 

"They work hard.  They really want it.  They are winners," Molina said. "That comes from the minor leagues in the organization.  They're doing a great job with the players down there trying to teach them to respect the game.  They're prepared for when they get here."


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