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.
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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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