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Jorge Posada asks out of lineup after Yankees drop him to ninth

May 14, 2011, 4:17 PM EDT

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9:20 p.m. EDT: Sources told FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal that Posada asked out of the lineup due to back stiffness, contradicting pretty much everything that’s come out over the last hour and a half.  Maybe there’s some truth to it, but it sounds like spin.  In speaking with reporters just before 8 p.m., GM Brian Cashman made it clear that Posada’s exit from the lineup was not injury-related.

8:45 p.m. EDT: Buster Olney tweets:

To be clear:Posada said to reporters at 4 p.m. that he understood move to 9th spot, blamed himself.At 6 pm, he told Girardi something else.

8:30 p.m. EDT: A source told YES Network’s Jack Curry that Posada told manager Joe Girardi that he was “insulted” to be batting ninth and that he went on to throw “a hissy fit.”

The Yankees are believed to be weighing docking Posada’s pay as a result of the incident.  Indications are that Posada is not leaning towards retirement.

8:00 p.m. EDT: GM Brian Cashman says Jorge Posada asked out of the lineup after being dropped to the ninth spot.   While indications were that he was fine was being dropped, obviously, it wasn’t the case.  One wonders if he might be suddenly weighing retirement.

6:40 p.m. EDT: The Yankees just scratched Posada from the lineup.  No reason was given.  Andruw Jones has replaced him as the DH and No. 9 hitter.

Early word was that Posada was OK with the switch to the ninth spot in the lineup.  He indicated that it was an appropriate move given his struggles.

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For the first time in exactly 12 years, Jorge Posada is batting out of the ninth spot.

In a 4-for-25 slump over the past 10 days, Posada was dropped to the very bottom in the Yankees lineup for Saturday’s game against the Red Sox.

He last opened a game batting ninth on May 14, 1999.

Posada is hitting just .165/.272/.349 for the year. He has six homers, but the last one of them came on April 23. He’s driven in four runs in his last 16 starts.

Likely also influencing manager Joe Girardi’s decision is the fact that Posada hasn’t excelled against Red Sox starter Josh Beckett. He’s 11-for-42 with one homer and four RBI versus the right-hander, good for a 668 OPS. Most of his teammates have fared quite a bit better, as evidenced by Beckett’s career 5.90 ERA in 23 starts against the Bombers.

  1. yankeesfanlen - May 14, 2011 at 5:32 PM

    Well, fine, but how is this supposed to help at all? Now instead of the Gardner/Jeter black hole that is our 9-1, we have Posada there.
    We’ll see tonight how this little window-dressing scenario comes out.

  2. pisano - May 14, 2011 at 6:22 PM

    That doesn’t solve the problem, the problem is having him in the line up. He was a good player, but it’s over for him. There are two guys producing in that line up, that’s Cano and Granderson the rest are outs. They need to make major changes asap or they can forget the post season.

    • purdueman - May 14, 2011 at 6:49 PM

      Simply a case of Father Time catching up with the creaky, aging Yankees. And to think… half the Yankees infield (and 2/3rds of the skill positions), will be occupied by aging, declining players for the next 2 1/2 years too! EHHHH?????

  3. deathmonkey41 - May 14, 2011 at 6:47 PM

    Yeah, forget dropping him IN the lineup, they need to drop him FROM the lineup. Time to bring up Jorge Vazquez. He strikes out a lot, but at least he can occasionally get a hit in a big situation. Posada has failed every single time.

  4. fist72 - May 14, 2011 at 7:59 PM

    Time to retire Jorge… At least Jeter throws in spark from time to way long time.

  5. purdueman - May 14, 2011 at 8:25 PM

    smarterthan… looks like you got censored! (your f-bomb laden post is gone!).

    I have to just sit back and have a good laugh as goofball Nick Swisher grips under the weight of his huge club only option at the end of the season. I hope that a-hole winds up below the Mendoza line at the end of the season and the Yankees give him a wedgie out the door!

    • aceshigh11 - May 14, 2011 at 8:29 PM

      I hear you…Swisher always reminds me of an overgrown frat boy.

      • purdueman - May 14, 2011 at 8:46 PM

        aceshigh… EXCELLENT description about goofball Swisher! He’s a disgrace to the Pinstripe uniform. It’s a shame that the once proud Yankees would have to resort to bringing in someone of his ilk into the clubhouse… just a shame! The Yankees have always been about proud men… not spoiled frat boys like Swisher who just assume head up a pantie raid at a sorority house than take on the likes of the Red Sox.

      • belichickee - May 14, 2011 at 10:40 PM

        Ok Purdueman, it’s “just as soon” and not “just assume”. I mean really, when you read that back did “just assume head up a pantie raid” make a bit of sense to you?

      • purdueman - May 14, 2011 at 10:59 PM

        belich.. important thing is, you got the point! I was posting while getting dinner on, watching tv, feeding the dog and clearing out the refrig, so please, cut me some slack.

  6. aceshigh11 - May 14, 2011 at 8:28 PM

    Jorge has had a long, great career. He’s stayed productive far longer than most aging catchers, who take a real beating physically.

    I think he’s letting pride get the best of him, and it’s not going to play well with Yankee fans.

    No shame in eyeing retirement. Enjoy life and bang your incredibly hot wife, George.

    • deathmonkey41 - May 14, 2011 at 8:37 PM

      Agreed. Thanks for the memories Jorge- you’ve been a class guy and a great player, but your past doesn’t justify your position in a production spot of the lineup today. And yes, you should go home and bang your wife.

  7. frankvzappa - May 14, 2011 at 9:01 PM

    This is hilarious. Just like the saga of the Jeter contract, it just goes to show you what a bunch of whiny little bitches the yankees are as an organization. I can’t wait to hear their pathetic excuses after they finish getting swept by the Sox.

    • nixonotis - May 14, 2011 at 9:31 PM

      Right, this is a Yankee thing, not an aging superstar thing. Are you a Red Sox fan or a Yankee hater?

    • paperlions - May 14, 2011 at 9:35 PM

      Brandon Phillips, is that you?

  8. paperlions - May 14, 2011 at 9:37 PM

    Some people that have no rooting interest in either team have been pointing out for a couple of years that the Yankee’s and Phillie’s lineups were getting old fast and might experience a couple of down years because of old guys with too many years left on their contracts. Every time those people are shouted down. They are still good teams, but old teams do best early in the year…before injuries and the dog days of summer beat down on old bodies.

    • nixonotis - May 14, 2011 at 10:23 PM

      Joe Buck mentioned during tonight’s game that the testing for amphetamines has made baseball much more of a young man’s game and I can’t disagree.

  9. ryanmallettsbluntwrap - May 14, 2011 at 9:47 PM

    Surely the Yankees would have won this game tonight if Posada was playing . As for Joes ejection on the non strikeout call , that ball was clearly low .

  10. Gordon - May 14, 2011 at 11:21 PM

    Posada ain’t retiring. The Yanks owe him $13 mil!

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