Yadier Molina: The Lone Puerto Rican in the 2010 All-Star Game

Tony MenendezCorrespondent IJuly 6, 2010

PITTSBURGH - MAY 09:  Yadier Molina #4 of the St. Louis Cardinals hits a two run single against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the game on May 9, 2010 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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This upcoming 2010 Major League Baseball All-Star Game, Yadier Molina will be the lone Puerto Rican shining with the best of the best in Anaheim.

There is no doubt, the youngest of the Molina brothers deserved the accolade from the fans to be the starting catcher in the National League lineup.

Not just because the fans wanted to award him with his second consecutive All-Star experience when he celebrates his 28th birthday the same night its play the mid-summer classic game, but Yadier is validating why he is the best defensive catcher in the National League.

Close to the midway point of this season he has thrown out 47.4 percent of would-be base stealers and has the major league lead in innings caught, numbers that are on pace to help him win his third career Gold Glove Award.

There is no doubt his defensive skills are offseting his offensive woes, so far his hitting have been his poorest since 2006, batting for .229, three homers with 31 RBI.

As for the rest of the Puerto Rican players in the majors, the only one that deserved to be considered and was completely snubbed was Alex Rios.

The Chicago White Sox outfielder is playing like an all-star.

Rios is hitting .307, slugging .516, has 13 home runs, and 18 doubles all while playing Gold Glove-caliber defense.

A recent series between the New York Mets and Florida Marlins in San Juan was a complete success and there is hope among islanders for greatness once more.

Looking back at the 1997 All-Star Game, a player from Puerto Rico either scored or batted in every run. Sandy Alomar Jr., playing for the Cleveland Indians and one of eight Puerto Ricans in the game, was named the Most Valuable Player, and Kansas City Royals pitcher Jose Rosado got the win.

Puerto Ricans in All-Star Games (2001-2010)

2001 (Seattle): Roberto Alomar, Juan Gonzalez, Edgar Martinez, Jorge Posada, Ivan Rodriguez, Bernie Williams

2002 (Milwaukee): Jose Hernandez, Mike Lowell, Jorge Posada, Benito Santiago, Jose Vidro

2003 (Chicago): Carlos Delgado, Javier Lopez, Mike Lowell, Edgar Martinez, Jorge Posada, Jose Vidro

2004 (Houston): Carlos Beltran, Mike Lowell, Ivan Rodriguez, Javier Vazquez

2005 (Detroit): Carlos Beltran, Felipe Lopez, Ivan Rodriguez

2006 (Pittsburgh): Carlos Beltran, Alexis Rios, Ivan Rodriguez

2007 (San Francisco): Carlos Beltran, Mike Lowell, Jorge Posada, Alexis Rios, Ivan Rodriguez

2008 (New York): Geovany Soto

2009 (St. Louis); Yadier Molina, Carlos Beltran (withdrew from game due to right knee injury)

2010 (Anaheim): Yadier Molina


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