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Yanks' Posada not thinking retirement

Feb 28, 2010, 10:27 AM EDT

Jorge Posada will turn 39 this season and has battled a multitude of injuries the past few season, but he’s not even considering retirement at this point.

“I am going to make it tough, that’s the way I was brought up,” Posada told the New York Post on Saturday.  “I don’t want to go away.  i am having fun and enjoy playing.  To tell you the truth, they are going to really have to rip [the uniform] off me”
The Yankees boast a crop of talented, young catchers like Francisco Cervelli, Austin Romine and 20-year-old Jesus Montero, but the club will have no problem finding a spot for the 38-year-old Posada for at least the next two seasons.  Why?  Because he’s a switch-hitter and is still making noise at the plate.  Posada batted .285/.363/.522 with 22 home runs and 81 RBI last season over 383 at-bats and heads into 2010 as the Yanks’ primary starter.  HIP! HIP! … anyone?
  1. Ben - Feb 28, 2010 at 11:04 AM

    Alrighty then, let the battle for catcher began!

  2. Old Gator - Feb 28, 2010 at 12:01 PM

    Jorge, the Borg have implanted a small electrode just behind your right ear. Every time you put that mask on, it transmits a prerecorded series of obsessions and corny sound bits to your brain. Take a pair of needle nosed pliers and have your hair stylist pull it out next time you go in to have your head waxed. You will be amazed at how much more inviting a summer of billfishing in the Gulf Stream looks to you.

  3. Rays fan - Feb 28, 2010 at 12:06 PM

    No reason Posada should retire as long as he stays healthy. He’ll remain the Yankees’ starting catcher as long as (a) he’s not being outperformed by one of the younger guys, (b) isn’t a regular on the DL, and (c) doesn’t demand more years or $$ on contracts than the Yankees want to give him.

  4. YankfanDean - Feb 28, 2010 at 12:24 PM

    More power to him!!!He’s still producing, at and behind the plate and having fun to boot.He doesn’t get enough kudos..What a great mentor/role model for that Montero kid!!!

  5. Beanster - Feb 28, 2010 at 12:41 PM

    At least we have not had to endure any inane gene pool comments from Scott Boras.

  6. Larry - Feb 28, 2010 at 3:16 PM

    Put it this way, Since 1996 how many catchers would you rather have had than Posada.
    Piazza and Pudge, thats it. In the last 5 years, you can definately add Mauer and maybe Martinez but thats it..

  7. Nasty Boy - Feb 28, 2010 at 8:08 PM

    That’s all well & good, but what are the Yankee’s considering. I personally like Jorge, but he is far from one of the top catchers at throwing runners out. It seems teams try to run on him. I look for him to play alot of DH down the road.

  8. Charlie - Mar 1, 2010 at 9:41 AM

    It’s not Jorge that I’m concerned about. Who will be the #2 catcher come April. Molina was dreadful most of the season, too out of shape to hit or run. Cervelli is the future and he should get at least 50 starts this year!

  9. DSFC - Mar 1, 2010 at 10:30 AM

    Cervelli is the future….backup catcher. If Montero can catch adequately enough, he’ll be the starter. Otherwise, it’ll be Romine. Cervelli is never going to hit enough to be more than a (defensively outstanding) backup.

  10. moreflagsmorefun - Mar 1, 2010 at 10:43 AM

    Who cares, is this a issue for Cash, if he is not worried, don’t worry, just chill and watch the game.I will tell Cash to call you if he can’t figure out what to do at catcher.
    buh bye

  11. moreflagsmorefun - Mar 1, 2010 at 10:44 AM

    Who cares, is this a issue for Cash, if he is not worried, don’t worry, just chill and watch the game.I will tell Cash to call you if he can’t figure out what to do at catcher.
    buh bye

  12. YANKEES1996 - Mar 1, 2010 at 12:25 PM

    Jorge goes into this season as the starter and we have Cervelli behind him which is good. Nick Johnson is only signed for one season as the DH and that would be a perfect fit for Posada. His hitting is still better than average, he could even give Cervelli a rest every now and then next year.

  13. bosox fan - Mar 1, 2010 at 12:56 PM

    If Jorge is so great, why don’t any Yankee pitchers want to pitch to him? As a Sox fan i could never figure out why they didn’t tell those pitchers to shut up and throw what jorge said to throw. just sayin’…..

  14. BASEBALL FAN - Mar 1, 2010 at 1:31 PM

    JUST SHUT UP, SHUT UP, SHUT UP! GEORGE SHOULD PLAY UNTIL HE CAN NOT PLAY AT THE LEVEL DEMANDED. EVEN THEN IF HE WANTS TO KEEP PLAYING IN MEXICO OR JAPAN HELL PLAY UNTIL YOU CANT RUN ANYMORE, IT IS HIS LIFE AND HIS DECISION; BESIDES, BILLFISHING IN THE GULFSTREAM IS NOT ALL THAT EXCITING ANYWAY. BE GLAD TO SHOW YOU SOME REAL FISHING, ULTRAL-LITE TACKLE AND LAGUNA MADRE REDFISH, NOW THATS EXCITING! BRING ON BASEBALL AND LET THE CHIPS FALL WERE THEY MAY.

  15. Wizard of Ozola - Mar 1, 2010 at 4:42 PM

    reply to fish fanatics : only kind of trolling Jorge going be doing is for tiger’s ex-hoes. I figure 40 pound test and a C-note for bait.Head up top Campbell Rive, BC for 60 pound Salmons !. That’s FISHING ! The man should be a DH on double-headers and in August, keep him fresh for the playoffs.J.R. is a headcase, he only wants to throw to himself, let him throw horseshoes.He makes Schiling sound sane. RUMOR : MIKE PIAZZA TO COME OUT OF RETIREMENT AND PLAY FOR A RING FOR THE YANKES FOR ONE YEAR, NOW THAT ROGER IS GONE AND BURIED.

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