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Jorge Posada is back in the Yankees’ lineup … hitting seventh

May 17, 2011, 5:14 PM EDT

Jorge Posada

I’m not sure if all the drama was worth it for Jorge Posada, but at the very least he got his wish.

Posada is back in the Yankees’ lineup for tonight’s game against the Rays and he’s hitting seventh, rather than the ninth spot that bothered him so much over the weekend.

He’s started as the Yankees’ seventh-place hitter in 330 previous games, including 26 times this season, so presumably everything should be fine with Posada. Well, fine aside from the Yankees now having a No. 7 hitter with a .165 batting average and .626 OPS.

Brett Gardner is hitting eighth, with recent call-up Chris Dickerson batting ninth.

  1. toosoxy - May 17, 2011 at 5:17 PM

    Yikes. This is just a weird situation. I feel like there’s something going on in the PoDrama soap opera that we are not privy to…
    .165. Hah.

  2. proudlycanadian - May 17, 2011 at 8:33 PM

    In other Yankee news tonight, Jeter has struck out three times by the 6th inning. In the bottom of the 6th, he stood like a statue while a probable double play ball hit by Damon went by him. The vast majority of short stops would have got it and would have begun the double play.

  3. paperlions - May 17, 2011 at 8:50 PM

    So….what is the lesson here?
    Whine loudly and get your way?
    Spend the good will you build up over a decade wisely?
    I buy that Posada had a bad day, but if it was just a bad day and not batting 9th….why isn’t he batting 9th now?

    • chadjones27 - May 17, 2011 at 9:09 PM

      Probably because the dude they called up gets to bat 9th and they may want a more veteran guy in the 7th spot… or Joe Girardi caved in

  4. hittfamily - May 17, 2011 at 11:13 PM

    Not a Braves fan, but everytime I read about this guy and his complaining, it reminds me of Chipper Jones’ move to left field. The guy had won a gold glove and an MVP as a 3rd baseman. In the prime of his career, he moved to left field because the Braves had signed Vinny Castilla and lost Ryan Klesko. They had 2 3rd baseman and no left fielder. He didnt complain like Jorge and Michael Young, but rather spent the offseason learning a new position. He was a bad outfielder, and made some pretty embarassing plays in the process, but the team got better. He never asked to return to the infield, and did what was asked of him. That is a guy I want on my team.

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