Jorge Posada’s Career With the Yankees Is Over

It’s official. According to the Yankees’ Jorge Posada, he will NOT be returning to the Yankees for the 2012 season. But after the Yankees made it clear towards the end of the 2011 season that his services were no longer needed, you pretty much figured this was coming.

Posada was part of the ‘core four’ in the late 1990’s. A group of four Yankees that consisted of Posada, Derek Jeter, Andy Pettitte, and Mariano Rivera. The four came up through the minors together and continued their togetherness stretch on up into the 2000’s. They won four World Series titles in a five year span–earning the name ‘core four’. Three of the ‘core four’ members (Jeter, Posada, and Rivera) played together for 17 consecutive years (1994-2011.) Andy Pettitte’s retirement earlier this year (Febuary 4th) caused the ‘core four’ to become the ‘key three’. Which now–with Posada’s career as a Yankee over–makes Jeter and Rivera the last remaining members of the 1990’s Yankees.

You know Posada wishes that his time with the Yankees could continue for at least another season. A wish made apparent by the following statement that he made yesterday:

I will always be a Yankee. The New York Yankees, for me, is my second family. It’d be tough to put on another uniform for real and learn a new set of rules. But it’s one of those things where I have to see if I wanna keep playing. At the end of the day, it’s a business. You look back and you wish there were some things that could’ve gone differently, but they didn’t. Everything happened for a reason. I’m not bitter at the Yankees. I’m not bitter at Joe Girardi. I’m not bitter at Brian Cashman. It just happens.

It may “just happen”, but I hate to see him go. I’ve been a fan of Posada for as long as I can remember. I feel that he’s a great guy–on and off the field–and is one of the most unappreciated players in all of MLB. (At least as far as last season goes.)

In honor of Posada’s fantastic career as a Yankee, I decided to talk about some of the highlights from his career:

Jorge Posada’s Major League Debut–September 4, 1995

Posada’s first game of his career in 1995 was also his only game of the year. He didn’t play another game in a Yankee uniform until 1996 when he played in eight games. He didn’t make the post season roster that season, however.

Jorge Posada’s First World Series Ring–October 21, 1998 

The 1998 World Series saw the New York Yankees taking on the San Diego Padres. The Padre’s were no match for the Yankees, as they were swept in four games. Posada had one home run in the entire series, but with the help of his teamates, was able to win his first World Series title, and ring. Posada, and the Yankees, would go on to win three more World Series titles. (1999, 2000, and 2009.)

Jorge Posada’s First All-Star Game–July 11, 2000

Posada was lucky enough to be on a winning team for the first All-Star game of his career. The year 2000 saw the American League winning 6-3. Posada has been in four All-Star games since, (2001, 2002, 2003, and 2007), with the American League team coming out on top every single time. (Unless you consider the 2002 All-Star game as a no-win for both teams. That years game ended in a 7-7 tie, after both teams ran out of players.)

Jorge Posada’s First Silver Slugger Award–October of 2000

Jorge won the first of his five career Silver Slugger Awards in 2000. That season he hit 28 home runs and  collected 86 RBI’s off of 145 hits. Posada has won four Silver Slugger Awards since 2000. (2001, 2001, 2003, and 2007.)

Jorge Posada’s 1,000th Career RBI–July 23, 2010

Most of the fans in the stands for this game were there to witness Alex Rodriguez hit his 600th home run of his career. They didn’t get to see that, however they did get to see something just as awesome. For it was in this game that Posada collected his 1,000th RBI of his career off of a double to center field.

As you can see, Jorge Posada has had an amazing career with the New York Yankees. Whether he’ll come back to play for another team for the 2012 season is still yet to be seen. Posada did however make the following statement regarding his thoughts on next season:

I started working out again on Nov. 1 like I always do, but I have no idea what’s gonna happen. A lot of teams called after the season was over. I’m undecided. I don’t know if I wanna play or stay home. I’m having fun with the kids and my family, but I don’t know what I wanna do. I don’t wanna make the mistake of telling you that I’m not gonna play or telling you that I am gonna play when I don’t know what I wanna do.

No matter what happens, Posada will always hold a spot in Yankee history as one of the “good guys.” He was a great player on the field, and an even better person off of it. When a Major League ballplayer is as grounded as Posada is, it’s hard to not respect him. As they say, “respect is earned, not given.” I can tell you this: Jorge Rafael Posada has earned my respect.

Should Posada give up baseball altogether? Or should he come back and play with another team for the 2012 season? Let me know what you think:

12 Comments

I can’t believe it’s over, it’s been so many years of seeing Posada in pinstripes. It was a great career and he should always be remembered as a champion.
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I feel the exact same way. It’s hard to believe that Posada won’t be playing in Yankee stadium next season.

I love Posada but I want to see him retire a Yankee. I cannot imagine him finishing his career with any other team.

Ron

There was a game in September (which I didn’t blog about because I eventually lost all the pictures) where I got to be behind the batting cage for the extent of betting practice. While other players were acting a bit arrogant, there were two players that came back to greet us common folk. The two were Johnny Damon and Jorge Posada. Damon was a bit rushed because he was in the current hitting group at the moment, but Posada shook my hand twice and I could tell he sincerly ment the second. This was not a good moment for him and he could have easily taken out his frustration on the Yankee fan, but after he shook my hand, he went down the line and signed every single persons’ knick knacks. He will be missed as a person, that is a guarantee.

RON-
I agree. Even if he comes back for another season he’ll always be known as a Yankee.
MATEO-
That’s awesome! I had people bad mouth Damon in one of my past blog entries but I’ve never heard or seen anything that could make me not like the guy. As for Posada, he’s one of those guys that’s going to be nice no matter what.

Im not much of a Yankee fan, but Jorge Posada is one of the good men in baseball, I’d love to see him player for another year!

I would too. Baseball needs more guys like him.

the Yankees will not be the same without Jorge Pasada-I miss seeing him behind the plate-he sees everything that is going on and lets the other players know it- He is really a PRO- bring him back to pinstripes

Agreed. It didn’t seem right this past season with Russell Martin behind the plate. It REALLY won’t seem right to see him in another uni. That is, if he chooses to come back.

While I am definitely NOT a Yankee fan, (I’m not embarrassed to say I’m a Royals fan), I have a higher respect for a player who knows when it’s time for him to leave the game and not try to hold on to the point where he’s more of a liability to his team, rather than an asset. It’s hard as hell to walk away from a career that he’s loved and played for so many years. He will be missed as a player by all the Yankee fans as well as his teammates, but not as a person.

He isn’t really walking away, he’s being “forced” away by the Yankees. You could tell he wasn’t wanted last season.

I’m a die hard Ranger fan, being from Texas. I enjoy watching each team. They are a family amoung themselves. I love Jorge Posada, but I love him as a Yankee. He will always be part of the “core”. He can’t wear anything but a pin-strip. You can’t take the strips off of a Tiger. I think he is a very smart guy and will do what’s right for him. Here’s to you kid…….

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