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Rangers catcher Molina leaning toward retirement after season

October 27, 2010

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— This World Series run might be it for Bengie Molina.

The 36-year-old Texas Rangers catcher said Tuesday he is leaning toward retiring after this year, his 13th major league season.

“It’s a possibility. It’s more a yes than a no right now,” Molina said before the Rangers took the field for a workout at AT&T Park. “I’m not saying for sure because something can happen in the winter and it can get worked out. But as for now, yes.”

Molina, whose brothers Jose and Yadier are also big league catchers, had hoped for a multiyear contract last winter and didn’t get it. Instead, he re-signed for $4.5 million and a fourth season with the San Francisco Giants.

They wound up trading him to Texas on July 1 to make room at catcher for talented rookie Buster Posey.

Molina also went to the playoffs three times with the Angels and won a World Series in 2002. He will get another ring regardless how the Rangers fare, because of his contributions to both clubs.

Molina said he has no hard feelings toward the Giants and is proud of Posey.

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