Signed through 2011 with a club option for 2012.
Became a Cardinal
Selected in the fourth round (113th overall) of the June, 2000 First-Year Player Draft. Received a $325,000 signing bonus.
Played in 136 games, batting .262 with 6 home runs and a career-best 62 RBI. His 122 hits ranked 2nd among NL catchers. Missed final 12 games of the season with a sore right knee, but still led all MLB catchers in innings played (1138.0), games started (130) and assists (79). Led all NL catchers with 465 at bats and eight stolen bases.
Led the majors in games started by a catcher (136), the most by a Cardinals catcher since 1977 (Ted Simmons, 139). Also led the majors with eight pickoffs, increasing his career total to 34. Swiped nine bases, tying the Cardinals single season record for a catcher.
Molina missed the last couple of weeks of the season due to a bruised thigh he suffered from a play at the plate when Cubs pitcher Ted Lilly rammed him while trying to score. Molina also had to deal with a bruised foot and concussion during the season, but still managed to set a career high in, at-bats (444), hits (135), RBIs (56) and runs scored (37). He finished the season, hitting .304/.349/392, new career highs in each category. One of the best defensive catchers in the majors, with probably the best arm.
The season took its toll on Molina's body, he missed almost the whole month of June because of a fractured left wrist, suffered a concussion in September, before he underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee.
Molina improved to .275/.340/.368 in 2007.
Molina struggled at the plate during the regular season, hitting just .216 with six home runs in 129 games. He caught 41% of would-be-base stealers, and picked off seven runners.
Molina was one of the Cardinals best hitters in the post-season. In 16 games, he hit .358/.424/.547 with two home runs and eight RBI, including a dramatic game-winning home run in the top of the ninth inning in game seven of the NLCS.
Molina was called up to the Majors for the first time on June 3, 2004, to replace injured catcher Mike Matheny. He threw out 50% of would-be-base stealers in 51 games and hit .267 that season. In 2005, he absolutely shut down the opponent's running game, throwing out 17 of 31 (55%) runners attempting to steal.
Molina's two older brothers, Bengie and José, are also major league catchers.
National League All-Star: 2009, 2010, 2011
National League Gold Glove Awards: 2008-11