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Should Jorge Posada Retire?

Jorge Posada, Joe Girardi (Image from NYTIMES.com)

With recent news of Jorge Posada’s benching for younger players, many are wondering if Posada’s legacy will be tarnished by this. Many great players went through the same thing without ruining their legacy. Posada is batting .230 this year, which is well below his career average, and that makes him look like a lesser player than he really is.

Does anyone remember that Babe Ruth batted .181 his final season? Out of Hank Aaron, Mickey Mantle, Cal Ripken and Willie Mays, do you know which one batted above .240 their final year? The answer is none of them. Does anyone think that any of their legacies were tarnished by poor endings to their careers? Most certainly not.

Wake up Posada

One thing Posada needs to realize is that perhaps it is time to hang up the cleats. There are better players on the New York Yankees than Jorge Posada, and playing Posada over any of those players would be detrimental to the team. Due to Posada’s excellent career with the Yankees, dropping him from the roster midseason would make the Yankees look quite evil and most likely, that will not happen.

But the manager, Joe Girardi, does have to do what is best for the team, meaning Posada will not play in many games the rest of the way. I would imagine that Posada would want what is best for the team, and he did not seem to have a problem taking away playing time from Girardi when he was getting old in the 1990’s. Posada is in the last year of his contract and should not seek a new one. He could not start for any team, and it would be sad to see a former star player like that just waste away on the bench.

What Will Most Likely Happen?

Most likely, Posada will be kept on the roster through the end of the regular season and then into the playoffs, but how much he will actually play is unknown. He does serve a need on the team in that he can catch in an emergency, DH and pinch hit. The one thing he definitely cannot do is bat against left handed pitchers because he bats only a paltry .103. This is a cause for concern, because in the playoffs, if the Yankees were to use Posada as a pinch hitter it is almost a guarantee the opposing team would bring in a left handed pitcher to face him. What Posada should do is join his friend Andy Pettite in retirement and spend more time with his family.

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3 comments for “Should Jorge Posada Retire?”

  1. I don’t think he’s gonna retire and shouldn’t . If anything bring up Montero and lose Cervelli he can’t be trusted to throw anyone out.As far Girardi doing whats best for the team I doubt that. Making the decision the bench Posada was the right one but what about A.J. Burnett,So what if he’s making 16 million does that buy him the spot in the Yankees eyes. The Yankees have to pay him regardless so why nit give yourself the best chance to win with Nova on the mound.

    Posted by Mike | August 14, 2011, 12:29 pm
  2. Thank you for the comment. You think that Posada would be okay just being a role player? As far as Burnett, this is two years in a row of mediocrity, if he wasnt making so much, he’d probably be gone.

    Posted by Saltzy | August 14, 2011, 4:43 pm
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