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Gustavo Molina may be the Yankees’ backup catcher

Jacque Jones, Gustavo Molina

Boston Red Sox catcher Gustavo Molina tags out Minnesota Twins’ Jacque Jones at home plate in the seventh inning of a spring training baseball game in Fort Myers, Fla., Saturday, March 6, 2010. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)


There are rumblings emanating from Tampa that, as suggested yesterday, Jesus Montero won’t be the Yankees’ backup catcher. But not so fast, Austin Romine fans! Your man won’t be either. The real number two: Gustavo Molina.

I normally don’t give a diddly durn about backup catchers, but Molina, you’ll recall, had a nice little feature written about him by Ben Shpigel of the New York Times earlier this spring. The hook: Molina has no chance to make the club, but he tries his damndest all the same.

That trying paid off. Good for Gustavo. And, though he’s not related to Jose, Bengie and Yadier, Viva Molina!