Former Giant Bengie Molina a scout for Rangers

BOB ELLIOTT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:22 AM ET

SAN FRANCISCO — Don Welke, Mike Anderson, Greg Smith and Russ Ardolina scouted the San Francisco Giants for the Texas Rangers.

Yet, unlike most post-season teams the Rangers have a distinct advantage.

Their catcher Bengie Molina spent 31/2 seasons with the Giants before being dealt to Texas on July 1 for Chris Ray and minor-leaguer Michael Main.

Giants fans gave Molina a standing ovation when he was introduced before the opener of the 106th World Series on Wednesday night, warming up Texas starter Cliff Lee in the right-field bullpen.

Molina said on Tuesday that the Rangers scout did such a good job on scouting Giants hitters, he couldn’t add anything to the reports.

Maybe.

Yet, rather than checking a binder or trying to remember what was said in the hitter’s meeting, the Rangers have their own Google search engine in their own dugout in Molina.

It’s like Molina switched sides during the cold war.

A double secret agent wearing Texas blue after all those years in black and orange.

“What’s this guy throw Beng?”

“How’s this guy going to try to get me out when he gets to 1-2, Beng?”

Molina knows Game 1 starter Tim Lincecum well. Lincecum credits Molina with his success on the way to winning two Cy Young Awards and when youngster Buster Posey took over he said the final pitcher to come over to his side was Lincecum.

Molina sent Lincecum text messages earlier in the season when he noticed mistakes. Not now.

“Bengie was the first to tell us whatever we needed, let us know,” Michael Young said. “Once you get out on the field, scouting reports go out the window. We’re going to try to use it as best we can.”

Molina admitted when he stepped into the batter’s box against his old team, taps the shin guards of his replacement Wednesday, Posey, he’ll be emotional.

He knows it’s a business and will concentrate on bringing the first World Series title to Texas.

Molina is the only player of the 50 introduced Wednesday who knows he’ll be getting a Series ring. He just does not know whether it says: 2010 World Series champions Texas Rangers.

Or: 2010 World Series champions San Francisco Giants.

“I’ve already won my ring,” Molina said with a smile, “it’s a good thing.”

Molina, the ex-Blue Jay catcher, doesn’t refer to the opposing team as the Giants, but rather “his brothers”.

“No matter how much I say or how much information I give, it’s not going to guarantee a win,” Molina said. “It’s not going to guarantee anything.”

Rangers hitting coach Clint Hurdle says Molina “is a like a scout on the ground.”

“He’s caught them, knows a lot of the tendencies,” Hurd said . “It’s very unique, most definitely. We’ll see how capable we are of putting it into play.”

In Molina, the Rangers trust.


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