Yadier Molina sponsors Puerto Rican youth and junior teams
HAVANA, Cuba, March 27, 2017 – Yadier Molina, the stellar
catcher of St Louis Cardinals in Major League Baseball, have
started his sponsorship of the youth and junior volleyball
program of Puerto Rico with the team taking part in the IV U18
Pan American Cup looking for a ticket to the world championship.
“He has a sport attire company and had the initiative to
cooperate with our plans with the new talents because he likes
the youth and sport and it is his way to contribute to the
society,” said Dr. Anthony Melendez, vice president of Puerto
said that by the intermediation of Glorimar Ortega, former
setter of the Puerto Rican national team, he contacted the FPV
to make his dream to come true.
“This is the first tournament he is sponsoring and he will do it
also with the U20 team,” said a well pleased Melendez.
“As a gratitude to him we are using the sign M4 in our uniforms,
which represents the first letter of his name and the number he
uses in his baseball jersey,” he said.
“We encourage baseball player that wants to collaborate not only
with volleyball but with other sport disciplines in need of
financial help, to join this initiative that comes from the
feeling of Molina,” he said.
Yadier Benjamin Massa Molina, nicknamed Yadi, has won two crowns
at Major League Baseball level playing for St Louis.
just won the silver medal at the World Baseball Classic where he
was elected the catcher of the All-Star Team.
The outstanding catcher of 1.80 meters tall was born on July 13,
1982 in Bayamon and over the first ten years of his career he
has participated in seven post seasons with the Cardinals. Just
after his debut he rapidly gained reputation as the owner of one
of the strongest and most accurate arms behind de plate.
Since his debut in the Major Leagues in 2004, Molina has played
only for one team and he has been selected to seven consecutive
All-Star Games starting in 2009. He has won also eight Rawlings
Gold Gloves and one Silver Bat.
was born within a baseball family, being raised in the
neighborhood of Espinosa in Dorado. His father was an amateur
second baseman in the Isla del Encanto and his two older
brothers, Bengie and Jose, were standout catchers in Major
Leagues and he learned from them the art of catching.