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Jeter did not have whole Posada story

Posted on: May 17, 2011 3:59 pm
By Evan Brunell

Girardi, Posada, JeterTime for one last volley in the Jorge Posada fiasco he found himself embroiled in with manager Joe Girardi.

Derek Jeter inserted himself into the controversy by defending Posada and saying he thought the longtime backstop, in his first year as a full-time DH, did not need to apologize to the team and that Posada should be allowed to take a day to gather himself.

Except he didn't have the full story, so Jeter's comments only served to inflame Yankees brass, who held a conference call with Jeter recently to clear the air.

Jeter told his bosses, according to Sports Illustrated's Jon Heyman, that Posada had only told Jeter that he asked for a break -- not that he had refused to play. There's a difference between asking for a break and refusing to play, and Posada crossed that line. After being apprised of the real situation, Jeter was then absolved of any wrongdoing by the brass.

Heyman added that the "underlying issue" is that Posada does not like nor trust Girardi, stemming from when they were teammates. Girardi played for the Yankees from 1996-99, and in that time period was constantly jockeying for playing time with Posada, who was an up-and-coming catcher that eventually received the majority of playing time before Girardi departed. It's easy to see how there could be friction between two former teammates competing for the same job, and there is likely many behind-the-scenes stories we will never hear.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 6, 2011 10:33 am

Jeter did not have whole Posada story

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Since: Jul 22, 2010
Posted on: May 18, 2011 5:48 pm
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Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: May 18, 2011 5:44 pm

Jeter did not have whole Posada story

Joe gotta go!

Since: Oct 7, 2009
Posted on: May 18, 2011 3:45 pm

Jeter did not have whole Posada story

   I think if Giradi justs keeps his nose where it belongs, the rest will fall into place. ARod and Posada will eventually have good years - ARod because he's still productive, and Jorge because the rest to his legs will allow him a good year. Swisher will come around also - he's an emotional player and will take his place when eveybody else in the lineup starts to jell. Grandy's having a career year, Cano is steady. No worries about Tex. I have to say here that I think Jeter is in a true decline...and I'm not sure he can bring his numbers up to respectability. I will be surprised if he ever does again.
   Pitching, of course, is the key to winning consistancy. Colon has morphed into a different, and productive pitcher. CC is always solid, and maybe Rothschild can do a little more work with AJ. Who knows, Hughes could come back the last third of the season and help them.
    Next year some changes will have to be made.

Since: May 15, 2011
Posted on: May 18, 2011 1:35 pm

Jeter did not have whole Posada story

There are more than a few Yankees who are struggling.  

I feel bad watching Jeter struggle.  Last night was especially painful.  BA .253 with OBP .309 does not a lead-off hitter make. 2009 seems like a life time away. However, hitting Gardner lead-off vs. a lefty does not seem like an option.  

A-Rod showed some life last night.  For a change he had a couple of good swings.  POSADA!  Two hits.   How about that.  Swisher had a great season last year....I'm not sure what's going on this season.

It is a long season.  We are approximately 1/4 of the way through.  A lot can happen.  The next 25 games will be key.  That would put about 40% of the season in the rearview mirror.  Assessing the season at that point would make more sense.  36-29 would be a satisfactory record.  How about 31-34?

Chris Dickerson's 1st game with the Yanks--a base hit and a sacrifice bunt.  Can anyone say little ball?  Still, there were 9 NY strike outs.  Giving them 47 for the last 5 games.  Way too many.

Since: Jan 24, 2010
Posted on: May 18, 2011 1:21 pm

Jeter did not have whole Posada story

Nothing like seeing the New York Yankees do what they do best, become the Bronx zoo that they are.

Since: Oct 10, 2006
Posted on: May 18, 2011 10:51 am

Jeter did not have whole Posada story

Posada, swisher, Jeter all could bat ninth at this point. I am a huge Jeter fan and it is so hard to see him struggle like this. I like Jorge but it is time to step into the front office and retire and Swisher needs to be let go or try to trade him for a draft pick. The order should be gardner, Granderson Cano Tex A rod (go get a real dh and insert here) Martin, Jeter, (swisher unless you can find another right fielder). I have no idea what the yanks will do with a trade or free agency at the end of the year but they sure as heck need to get an arm and two bats with one being able to play the outfield.

Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: May 18, 2011 10:41 am

Jeter did not have whole Posada story

Jeter is the one who should be batting 9th and sitting a couple of games a week.  Jeter is KILLING the Yankees offense.

Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: May 18, 2011 10:39 am

Jeter did not have whole Posada story

Cashman is a joke. Since the big boss died he's been riding on his high horse and thinks all of a sudden he knows baseball. He has a big mouth and the great yankee years are in the past. Even if they win a world series, as a yankees fan I wouldn't enjoy it as much as I did in the past.

As for Girardi, he's not a good manager and his mis-management of the bullpen and of his veteran players prove it. Posada was not the only hitter in that lineup that has been slumping and last year when Jeter was going through his horrible stretch and hitting into double plays left and right, not once did he move him down to 7th, 8th or 9th. He has it out for Posada because Posada is a strong personality and took his job from him over 10 years ago. This is just a way to justify getting rid of Posada at the end of the year.

The writing was on the wall 2 years ago when Girardi sat Posada for Burnett's starts. Everyone knew that was Girardi taking his jabs at Posada and he's going for the knockout this year.

Pena should have gotten the job and should get it.

Since: Apr 23, 2010
Posted on: May 18, 2011 4:51 am

Jeter did not have whole Posada story

Posada can't hit thats why is playing the 9 spot not because of their past friction.

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