Yadier Molina

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It's not a World Series ring, but Yadier Molina is collecting baseball hardware. 

The St. Louis Cardinals' catcher won his fifth Rawlings Gold Glove award, which is decided by managers and and coaches. He is the first Cardinals catcher to win the award five times, and the first Cardinal since Jim Edmonds to take home five Gold Gloves in a row.

Molina is also considered a contender for the National League's Most Valuable Player, which will be announced Nov. 15.

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All-Star catcher Yadier Molina will be wearing the birds and the bat until 2017.

The St. Louis Cardinals announced on Thursday that Molina, a four-time Gold Glove winner, had signed a five-year, $75 million contract, with a mutual option for a sixth season.

The 29-year-old Molina has spent his entire career with the Cardinals. General manager John Mozeliak says the team considers him to be the best catcher in baseball.

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Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina's 2011 season won't only end with a team-earned World Series win, but also a personal accomplishment. Molina has garnered his fourth Rawlings Gold Glove award.