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Jorge Posada to retire from baseball

Posted on: January 7, 2012 2:51 pm
Edited on: January 7, 2012 9:43 pm
 
By Matt Snyder

Long-time Yankee Jorge Posada will announce his retirement from baseball in the next few weeks, CBSSports.com insider Jon Heyman has confirmed. The news was first reported by Sweeny Murti of WFAN.

While it would be a stretch to say Posada is one of the very best Yankees of all-time, he's certainly someone who will go down in history as a very important member of the storied franchise.

Posada, 40, was a member of four World Series championship teams (and, yes, he does have five rings -- he just wasn't on the '96 playoff roster), made the All-Star team five times and also won five Silver Sluggers. He joined with Andy Pettitte, Mariano Rivera and Derek Jeter as the nucleus for the Yankees over an extended period of time, becoming known as the Core Four.

Posada definitely saw his fair share of winning. By 1997 he was getting some important at-bats and in 1998 he was the primary catcher. The only season the Yankees didn't make the playoffs with Posada on the roster was 2008. In addition to the four championships, Posada also played in two other World Series.

Over the course of his career, Posada hit 275 home runs while amassing 900 runs scored and 1,065 RBI. His career .273/.374/.474 line is outstanding for a catcher. The only catchers who hit more homers in their career were Mike Piazza, Johnny Bench, Carlton Fisk, Yogi Berra, Gary Carter, Lance Parrish and Ivan Rodriguez.

Hall of Fame?
Using Baseball-Reference.com's similarity scores, four of the top ten most similar players to Posada in baseball history are currently in the Hall of Fame.

Speaking of which, Posada does have a shot at enshrinement. It will probably be a tall order, though, with several loaded ballots coming through the ringer in the next five seasons.

Whether the Hall comes calling or not, Posada should be proud of his baseball career. It's been a great one.

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Comments

Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: January 9, 2012 3:06 pm
 

Jorge Posada to retire from baseball

Jorge Good luck with your life beyound baseball and thanks for the memories .I like to thank you for having a hot wife also she isnt bad on the eyes .



Since: Jun 27, 2011
Posted on: January 9, 2012 2:50 pm
 

Jorge Posada to retire from baseball

Good Luck. Good career with great teams, though you are not a Hall of Famer...



Since: Oct 25, 2007
Posted on: January 9, 2012 2:34 pm
 

Jorge Posada to retire from baseball

We're going to be dealing with the Jorge Posadas of the world on an increasinlgly frequent basis going forward, solid players who because of when they played made sure to stay in shape and cash those unbelieveably large paychecks for as long as possible resulting in their accumulating big career numbers.  Craig Biggio, for example, shouldn't be mentioned in the same breath skill wise as Joe Morgan or even Ryne Sandberg and yet he's getting serious consideration as a candidate for the Hall.  As a catcher who would you want, Posada or Bench?  Posada or Carter?  Posada or Piazza?  He's basically Gene Tenance with a better batting average and last I checked there weren't too many folks soliciting votes for Gene.

As recently as the 60s it was hardly uncommon for players to get a job in the off season and for middle of the road players to give up on the major leagues in order to get a "real" job.  Certainly, you've got to be good to be able to hang around for 15 seasons or longer but good should hardly be enough to get you into the Hall of Fame.   Enjoy your rings, enjoy your old timer's day games and certainly enjoy the lifestyle afforded to talented players of this generation, but managing to stick around for a long time by itself shoudn't get anybody into the Hall of Fame.



Since: Oct 27, 2009
Posted on: January 9, 2012 1:59 pm
 

Jorge Posada to retire from baseball

Jorge was an average catcher but his bat sure did have some magic in it. He came to play every day, worked hard, respected his teammates, his organization, his sport, his family and, as a life long Yankees fan, I do not believe Jorge is a hall of famer, BUT he is an all time Yankee great. Berra, Howard, Munson, Posada......pretty good company to be in!!

I route for guys who talk with their play more than their mouths, and that was Jorge. He was a leader in the clubhouse, had the respect of his teammates, was an integral part of 5 WS championships and seems to be an all around good guy.....still doesn't make him a hall of famer. He wasn't; at his best, for 4-5 years he was really good, but he was never great. You have to have been GREAT at some point. That's why Mattingly is closer to Jorge for me; for 3-4 years he was arguably the best player in the game, you can't say that about Jorge.

I'm not trying to be mean at all and, I get it, with so many PED situations, greedy self-centered jerkoff players and the like, it is easy to want to raise the stature of someone who was a really good player and who represented their sport so well BUT, if we are talking about the best of the best, the true cream of the crop well, that's pushing it.

Anyway, I love Jorge, I thank him for the memories, will cheer him when he has his Yankee day and will wish him all the best with the rest of his life.




Since: Dec 14, 2007
Posted on: January 9, 2012 12:27 pm
 

Jorge Posada to retire from baseball

Well said jack_sprat, the guy was the real deal, and I'll be there applauding with you when the time comes.


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Since: Jan 9, 2012
Posted on: January 9, 2012 11:59 am
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Since: Mar 9, 2007
Posted on: January 9, 2012 8:28 am
 

Jorge Posada to retire from baseball

Future hall of fame inductee and should get his number retired too by the Yanks. One of the best catchers of his generation and continuing a long line of all-time great Yankee catchers.



Since: Oct 10, 2006
Posted on: January 9, 2012 6:47 am
 

Jorge Posada to retire from baseball

I couldn't have said that any better...and won't try to...



Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: January 9, 2012 2:38 am
 

Jorge Posada to retire from baseball

"Although I've been a long time Yankee hater, Posada represents the generation of Yankees you couldn't help but respect. He along with Jeter, Rivera, and even Pettite (props to Andy for admitting his use) have given the Yankees a foundation for sustained success for nearly two decades. Sure they all made a lot of money in their careers, but Posada was one of the rare breed of catchers who could contribute in many areas of the game. 

In the age of steroids, players like Posada will make the hall long before the likes of Bonds, A-Rod, McGwire, etc, and I'll be the first one to stand up and applaud, Yankee hater or not. Enjoy retirement Jorge, and thanks for all the years of being a model athlete with your off-field, and on-field behaviour."  --xrisanderson

There's seldom been anything less than honorable about the Yankees organization. It's their classless fans that bring them down. 



Since: Jan 8, 2012
Posted on: January 8, 2012 9:04 pm
 

Jorge Posada to retire from baseball

Happy Trails!


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