A major league record for the Wainwright-Molina pitcher-catcher duo

Steve Overbey, The Associated Press

ST. LOUIS – Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright and catcher Yadier Molina combined for their 325th game on Wednesday, setting a major league record for most games combined for such duties.

Club duo from St. Louis eclipsed the 324 regular season points set by Mickey Lolich and Bill Freehan with the Detroit Tigers from 1963 to 1975.

Wainwright and Molina received a standing ovation from the Busch Stadium crowd when they entered the dugout before a game against the Milwaukee Brewers.

“A lot has happened in that time, and that’s why I think this record is so great,” Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol said. I don’t think another duo will come close.”

Molina excelled in a 4-1 win for his team: he hit a one-out single to break a 1-1 tie and pinned a runner at second base trying to steal.

Towels with the number 325 were given to supporters upon arrival at the stadium.

Wainwright’s first shot was a quick one when Christian Yelich struck out.

After the first inning, Wainwright and Molina’s career highlights were shown on a giant screen.

Wainwright and Molina teamed up for the first time on April 6, 2007 in Houston. Wainwright posted a 4-2 win, the first of his 213 wins with Molina at receiver.

Molina, at age 40, has already hinted that he will retire at the end of the season.

Wainwright, 41, has yet to make up his mind on the matter.

The closest pairing is with the Cubs: Kyle Hendricks and Willson Contreras have appeared in 105 games together.

As of April 6, 2007, there were only six active players in the big leagues – Albert Pujols, Nelson Cruz, Miguel Cabrera, Zack Greinke, Rich Hill and Justin Verlander.

Wainwright and Molina are great friends off the court. Wainwright introduced Molina to NHL hockey. In 2019, they attended several matches together as St. Louis Blues were on their way to winning the Stanley Cup.

Last November, Wainwright and his family celebrated American Thanksgiving at the Molina residence in Puerto Rico.

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