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Jorge Posada to announce retirement Tuesday

Posted on: January 23, 2012 10:07 am
Edited on: January 24, 2012 6:49 pm
 
By Matt Snyder

Yankees catcher Jorge Posada will retire from baseball. The official announcement will come at a press conference Tuesday at 11 a.m. ET in Yankee Stadium.

Posada will go down in history as a very valued member of the Yankee family.

Posada, 40, 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. He played 17 consecutive years with Jeter and Rivera, making them one of the most prolific teammate trios in professional sports history.

Posada 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. He has five World Series rings and 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.

In terms of the Yankees leaderboard, Posada ranks seventh in doubles and walks, eighth in homers and 11th in RBI. He has homered in 29 different ballparks, which is the most in history for a Yankees player.

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 up 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: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2012 8:38 am
 

Jorge Posada to announce retirement Tuesday

Is he going to pout at his retirement ceremony like he did when they wanted him to bat 9th?




Since: Dec 13, 2011
Posted on: January 24, 2012 6:54 am
 

Jorge Posada to announce retirement Tuesday

The Ears is Done , One of the Most overated Yankees in Modern history , he Couldn't have thrown out Boog Powell. Haha



Since: Jan 18, 2012
Posted on: January 24, 2012 6:50 am
 

Jorge Posada to announce retirement Tuesday

Jeter may be the Captain of the Yanks but the heart and soul of the team was Posada.


Unlike many his stats were natural and not tainted by Steroids.  I wonder how many more votes he will get from the HOF voters because of that.


Posada played the game the way you should.  

Just like Ted Williams once said about Phil Rizzuto I think the same could be said about Posada.  If Posada had played for Boston how many more Championships would they have won?  I say a heck of lot more.


As much as I dislike the Yankees I never found it hard to root for a guy like Posada.    &nbs
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Since: Oct 3, 2010
Posted on: January 23, 2012 6:28 pm
 

Jorge Posada to announce retirement Tuesday

"Hip Hip, Jorge!"




Since: Jan 29, 2007
Posted on: January 23, 2012 6:18 pm
 

Jorge Posada to announce retirement Tuesday

MTR.......

I'll start by saying that I am NOT advocating Posada for the HOF.  However, "difference maker" is not what gets you in the HOF.  There are 13 catchers in the HOF.  The last two catchers to enter the HOF were Carlton Fisk (in 2000) and Gary Carter (in 2003).  Posada's numbers are comparable to both when you factor in that Carter (2,296) played in 467 more games than Posada (1,829) and Fisk (2,499) played in 670 more games than Posada (1,829).  If you project Posada's numbers over 2,296 games or 2,499 games, all of his stats are comparable.  A simple analysis...yes.  100% accurate, no.  But when you look at Posada's numbers compared to the other 13, "don't hold your breath" isn't a fair statement.

And "had the good fortune to be on teams that won a lot of championships" is irrelevant......using that as a criteria, would you argue that Yogi Berra doesn't belong in the Hall?  I would think (hope!) not.

Again, do I think he will make it in......unlikely.  Do I think it would be an embarrassment to Cooperstown if he winds up in the Hall...hell no!  There are a few far less deserving souls in the Hall already.



Since: Feb 10, 2007
Posted on: January 23, 2012 4:59 pm
 

Jorge Posada to announce retirement Tuesday

I thought dumbo retired already ... yawn.



Since: Sep 5, 2010
Posted on: January 23, 2012 4:35 pm
 

Jorge Posada to announce retirement Tuesday

I have absolutely nothing against the guy - seemed like a pretty good and classy player - but what I can't believe is that he is only 40 years old?!?!?



Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: January 23, 2012 4:28 pm
 

Jorge Posada to announce retirement Tuesday

Good luck Jorge. Stuck around a little too long but it was fun to watch you over the years.



Since: Nov 30, 2011
Posted on: January 23, 2012 2:53 pm
 

Jorge Posada to announce retirement Tuesday

Thank goodness, now he won't destroy another fantasy baseball season!Laughing



Since: Aug 10, 2007
Posted on: January 23, 2012 2:32 pm
 

Jorge Posada to announce retirement Tuesday

Great player, great guy.


Kudo's Jorge - enjoy your retirement.  


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