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Angels add Molina as catching coordinator

ANAHEIM -- Jose Molina has rejoined the Angels as a catching coordinator, a position that will have the longtime catcher work with Minor Leaguers throughout their system, the team announced Friday. 

Molina enjoyed a 15-year Major League career from 1999 to 2014 and spent the better part of seven seasons with the Angels. Now 40, Molina was with the Angels from 2001-07, spending the first five years as a backup to his brother, Bengie, and winning a World Series championship in 2002. His other brother, Yadier Molina, is the starting catcher for the Cardinals.

Molina, who also won a championship with the Yankees in 2009, appeared in 947 Major League games, throwing out 37 percent of would-be basestealers -- second only to Ivan Rodriguez among those with at least 4,000 innings behind the plate since 1999 -- and committing just 39 errors.

Molina's 25 career pickoffs are tied with Thurman Munson for fourth most all time, behind only Rodriguez (79), Jim Sundberg (52) and Bob Boone (33).

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