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ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - Beloved Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina is one of four players to grace separate covers for Sports Illustrated's issue previewing the 2014 Major League Baseball season.

Masahiro Tanaka, the former star in the Japanese league and new pitcher for the New York Yankees, graces the national cover of the March 31 issue. Molina is the cover boy for three regional covers, along with Anaheim Angels outfield Mike Trout, and Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano.

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Writer Ben Reiter explains why Molina is the game's best catcher as well as a darkhorse MVP candidate.

The preview issue, on newsstands today, features in-depth scouting reports on all 30 teams and a World Series prediction.

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