Cardinals bring back Yadier Molina in front-office role

Yadier Molina has returned to the St. Louis Cardinals in the role of special assistant to team president John Mozeliak.

Molina, 41, played 19 seasons for the Cardinals and retired after the 2022 season, serving as the manager for Puerto Rico in the 2023 World Baseball Classic.

“We are excited to welcome Yadi back to the St. Louis Cardinals,” said Mozeliak. “He will provide invaluable help at the major league level, as well as spend time with our minor league teams in his new role with the team.”

A nine-time Gold Glove award winner and 10-time National League All-Star, Molina played in the World Series four times (2004, 2006, 2011, 2013) and won World Series championships in 2006 and 2011.

Molina was drafted by the Cardinals in the fourth round (113th overall selection) of the 2000 Major League Baseball draft out of Bayamon, Puerto Rico. He batted .277 with 176 homers and 1,022 RBIs in 2,224 games from 2004-22.