HONOLULU — Whereas Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina is all enterprise in his preparation, the longtime backstop famous that he has a particular off-the-field mission throughout his temporary keep in Hawaii: testing the seashores.

Molina is a part of a gaggle of Main Leaguers understanding in Hawaii throughout a stopover journey that started Saturday afternoon at Les Murakami Stadium on the College of Hawaii at Manoa campus in Honolulu. He’s joined by fellow 2018 All-Stars J.T. Realmuto (Marlins catcher), Mitch Haniger (Mariners outfielder) and Eugenio Suarez (Reds infielder), in addition to star rookie outfielders Juan Soto (Nationals) and Ronald Acuna Jr. (Braves).

HONOLULU — Whereas Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina is all enterprise in his preparation, the longtime backstop famous that he has a particular off-the-field mission throughout his temporary keep in Hawaii: testing the seashores.

Molina is a part of a gaggle of Main Leaguers understanding in Hawaii throughout a stopover journey that started Saturday afternoon at Les Murakami Stadium on the College of Hawaii at Manoa campus in Honolulu. He’s joined by fellow 2018 All-Stars J.T. Realmuto (Marlins catcher), Mitch Haniger (Mariners outfielder) and Eugenio Suarez (Reds infielder), in addition to star rookie outfielders Juan Soto (Nationals) and Ronald Acuna Jr. (Braves).

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Gamers, coaches and help employees are spending the weekend on Oahu earlier than heading to Japan for the 2018 Japan All-Star Sequence, which pits MLB gamers towards counterparts from Nippon Skilled Baseball in seven video games from Nov. 8-15. On Saturday, gamers engaged in gentle warmup drills and took batting apply in entrance of an brisk crowd that included an array of youth baseball gamers and their households.

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Molina, a local of Puerto Rico, enjoys spending his off time within the water, and Cardinals teammate Kolten Wong — who hails from Hawaii and went to high school on the UH at Manoa — stuffed him in previous to the journey about which locations to go to and learn how to finest benefit from the 50th state.

“[Wong] instructed me the place to go, and I am completely happy to be right here for him,” Molina stated. “I like the water, so he instructed me [about some beach] spots to go.”

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Molina, who has performed his whole 15-year profession with the Cardinals, was requested if he nonetheless deliberate on retiring after the 2020 season.

“Proper now, sure, however in two years, issues can occur,” Molina stated. “That is my first time right here, and it is nice. It is like Puerto Rico with the climate, and it is a terrific place to be, so I am glad I am right here.”

The MLB squad is led by Marlins supervisor Don Mattingly, who is worked up to work with a comparatively younger forged of rising and established expertise in a novel setting.

“It is thrilling to be right here. I have been right here quite a lot of occasions for trip, so it is most likely considered one of my favourite locations on the planet to go,” Mattingly stated.

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Mattingly hopes to impart his knowledge upon the subsequent wave of superstars in the course of the Hawaii Exercise and All-Star Sequence, whereas additionally doing his finest to maintain the gamers protected.

“We would like guys to stroll out of right here wholesome, have a terrific expertise and, once we get to Japan, play at full velocity and signify Main League Baseball effectively,” Mattingly stated. “It is a terrific likelihood to calm down somewhat bit and prepare for the journey.”

The All-Star Sequence extends a longtime custom that dates again to 1908, and can mark the 37th time that Main Leaguers have toured Japan for exhibition video games. The collection might be performed in Tokyo, Hiroshima and Nagoya, and MLB Community will present in depth protection, together with stay recreation telecasts from Nov. 9-15.

Kyle Galdeira is a contributor to MLB.com.



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