In 2006, Giants catcher Mike Matheny
suffered a concussion, after suffering hits to the head from several foul balls. This landed him on the DL, and eventually, his career was over, leaving the Giants with a gaping hole at catcher. That offseason, Brian Sabean sought to fill the need.
So what did he do? He went out and got Bengie Molina
, signing him to a three-year $16MM deal
.“We needed a front-line catcher,” Sabean said. “We weren’t comfortable as an organization going forward with [Eliezer] Alfonzo in general as the No. 1 guy. The chance to get somebody experienced, especially somebody who can drive in runs, was very attractive. ... With name recognition and his background, it certainly gives us a comfort level. Believe me, that’s nothing to take away from...