Ozzie to Present Clemente Award to Yadi

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The St. Louis Cardinals will recognize catcher Yadier Molina for his 2018 Roberto Clemente Award win during a pregame ceremony on Friday night. Major League Baseball bestows the Roberto Clemente Award annually to the player who best represents the game of Baseball through extraordinary character, community involvement, philanthropy and positive contributions, both on and off the field.
Molina was selected as the 2018 recipient for his charitable work through Foundation 4, an organization he and his wife Wanda established in 2010 to benefit youth impacted by poverty, abuse and cancer, as well as his ongoing humanitarian efforts to aid in the recovery from Hurricane Maria that devastated Puerto Rico in 2017.
Previous Cardinals to win the Roberto Clemente Award include Carlos Beltran (2013), Albert Pujols (2008), Ozzie Smith (1995) and Lou Brock (1975). Roberto Clemente’s son, Luis Clemente, and Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith will be on hand to present Molina with the prestigious award.
“Yadi had to miss the ceremony during the 2018 World Series because he was managing the Puerto Rico national team, so we wanted to make sure he knows we appreciate his ongoing contributions by presenting this award in person,” said Luis Clemente.
Fans will have the opportunity to learn more about the award during two Artifact Spotlight presentations at the Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum on Friday afternoon at 3P PM and 3:30 PM. Additionally, the award will be available for photo opportunities on Saturday from 10 AM-12:30 PM in the Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum before it is placed in its display case where it will remain through August. Visit cardinals.com/museum for museum hours and ticket information.
The Cardinals are also celebrating Molina’s achievement Friday with a Yadier Molina and Roberto Clemente Double Bobblehead, presented by Coca-Cola and Walmart, available to 30,000 fans ages 16 and older. Visit cardinals.com/promotions for more information.
For more information about Molina’s charitable foundation, Fundación 4, visit yadiermolina4.com

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Pena Traded to The Giants

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The Giants announced Thursday that they’ve acquired catcher Francisco Pena from the Cardinals in exchange for cash. Pena, who was not on the St. Louis 40-man roster, will report to Triple-A Sacramento.
San Francisco recently brought veteran backstop Stephen Vogt from Sacramento up to the big leagues, so Pena will step into the spot that had previously been occupied by Vogt. In six games for Triple-A Memphis so far in 2019, Pena has batted .333/.429/.611 with a homer in 21 plate appearances, although that type of production shouldn’t be expected moving forward. Pena is a career .216/.249/.311 hitter at the MLB level and owns a .253/.298/.455 slash in just under 1400 PAs at the Triple-A level. Pena, 29, has caught 32 percent of would-be base thieves at the Triple-A level in his career and has generally received positive marks for pitch framing, though he did struggle in that regard both in the Majors and the minors with the Cards last season.
Stockpiling depth behind the plate has been a clear priority for new Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi in the first year of his tenure with his new organization. Under Zaidi, the Giants have signed or acquired Vogt, Pena, Erik Kratz, Tom Murphy and Rene Rivera, although the latter two are no longer in the organization. (Murphy was traded to the Mariners, while Rivera was released and signed with the Mets on a minor league deal.)

Source: Steve Adams