June 3, 1971 |
New York City, New York
|August 15, 1996, for the Oakland Athletics|
|Last MLB appearance|
|May 6, 2002, for the Baltimore Orioles|
|Runs batted in||8|
Islay "Izzy" Molina (born June 3, 1971 in New York City, New York) is a former Major League Baseball catcher for the Oakland Athletics and Baltimore Orioles. Molina is not related to the brothers Bengie, Jose, and Yadier Molina, although like Izzy, all three are catchers.
Molina was drafted out of high school by the Oakland Athletics in the 22nd round of the 1990 Major League Baseball Draft and made his professional debut that same year for the Arizona League Athletics where he batted .339 in 39 games. He made his major league debut for Oakland on August 15, 1996. Molina left the Athletics via free agency after the 1998 season. On October 26, 1998, he signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks, but was traded to the New York Yankees with Ben Ford for Darren Holmes in spring training 1999.
He signed a minor-league contract with the Baltimore Orioles on November 20, 2001. He began the 2002 season with the Double-A Bowie Baysox and was promoted to the Triple-A Rochester Red Wings. Two weeks after his contract was purchased from the Red Wings on May 3, he cleared waivers and was outrighted to the Baysox on May 17. During this stint he made his only appearance with the Orioles in a 9–4 defeat to the Cleveland Indians at Camden Yards on May 6. He had a fifth-inning single in three at bats and scored a run as the starting catcher. Molina last played professional baseball in 2003 with the Orioles Single-A, Double-A, and Triple-A teams.
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference