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Report: If Posada isn’t hitting by the All-Star break, he’s gone

May 19, 2011, 11:30 AM EST

Posada

That’s the implication from Andrew Marchand’s story over at ESPN New York today, which says that the Yankees “will reconsider Jorge Posada‘s future with the team if his numbers don’t improve by the All-Star break.”

I’m not sure how else you can read that other than to say that he’d be released if he’s not hitting by then. I mean, what else could “reconsider his future” mean?  Every player’s future is being considered by his team at all times.  For this to be any sort of news, it has to mean that the Yankees would cut the Ringo of their Core Four* if he can’t find his stroke.

So get cracking, Jorge!  In a world in which teams carry 12 and 13 pitchers at a time, there isn’t much room on the roster for a part-time DH who can’t do the one thing that DHs normally do.

*Note: this is not a slam on Ringo or Posada. I love both of them. Even named a cat after Ringo once (though he may have been named after the cat in the Dada song “Here Today, Gone Tomorrow,” I’ll never tell). But let’s be honest: Jeter is Lennon, Rivera is McCartney, Pettitte is George Harrison and Posada, for all of his charms, has to be Ringo by the process of elimination.  Also: this makes Joe Girardi Pete Best!

  1. alexpoterack - May 19, 2011 at 11:41 AM

    Dude, you SO have Jeter and Rivera backwards in the Beatles analogy

    • Mark Armour - May 19, 2011 at 11:58 AM

      Totally agree with flipping Jeter and Rivera.

      • rsnorth - May 19, 2011 at 12:32 PM

        Agree with Jeter & Rivera flip as Paul and John. Pettitte apropos to George H. for his spirituality.
        Girardi, as a player, was about as close to the Core Four as Pete Best’s drumsticks.

    • aleskel - May 19, 2011 at 12:38 PM

      I dunno, it’s hard to may the analogy work. Lennon was the “cool” one with all the hipness cache, but McCartney was the creative leader and the hardest worker who kept things going. So that would make Jeter both Lennon AND McCartney.

    • smorris793 - May 19, 2011 at 1:39 PM

      Disagree, I think Craig nailed it. Lennon/Jeter-Get all the attention. Paul/Mo-Slightly more reserved but probably more important to the team

  2. yankeesfanlen - May 19, 2011 at 11:45 AM

    This is typical ESPN New York rubbish. Later in the article, a “Yankee insider” (or two, maybe insider A and/or Insider B) says that they will probably keep him.
    Stuck with Grumpy we are.

  3. pellypell - May 19, 2011 at 11:47 AM

    I believe that would make Cashman the Yoko Ono of this mess.

    • Lukehart80 - May 19, 2011 at 12:13 PM

      I think old age is the Yoko Ono of this band.

    • royhobbs39 - May 19, 2011 at 2:30 PM

      Obviously A-Rod is the Yoko Ono.

  4. pisano - May 19, 2011 at 11:47 AM

    Guess what, if things don’t change by June 1st. they should eat their losses and cut him. The Rays aren’t going away they have a solid team and Boston will do what they have to to contend/win so the Yankees have to make some moves and quick.

    • uyf1950 - May 19, 2011 at 11:56 AM

      My friend, did you read the piece here and on ESPN that said the Red Sox are checking out Millwood. Where is all the indignation and ridicule from fans. The same ridicule and indignation when the Yankees were looking at him.

      • pisano - May 20, 2011 at 12:29 AM

        Again partner, things that other teams do don’t apply to the Yankees. If another team grabs a pitcher off the scrap heap the consensus is “well maybe he can help” if the Yankees get that same pitcher they are slandered for picking up a retread. Go figure.

  5. Jay Seaver - May 19, 2011 at 11:54 AM

    Who does that make Bernie Williams – Stuart Sutcliffe? Seems like he’d be more than that.

    • benjdwilson - May 19, 2011 at 12:02 PM

      How about Bernie Williams as Billy Preston?

      Seriously, though – check out Billy Preston’s picture in his Wikipedia page:

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billy_Preston

  6. karaterobot - May 19, 2011 at 12:00 PM

    Cut him loose, Yanks, he can come to the Twins. His .179 is better than Drew Butera.

  7. uyf1950 - May 19, 2011 at 12:08 PM

    For those fans that think the Yankees are on the wrong side of the contract for both Jeter and Posada. Apparently the Yankees aren’t the only team in that situation. Anyone take take a look at Adam Dunn’s numbers so far this year and he’s in the 1st year of his 4 year $56M contract.

    • skipperxc - May 19, 2011 at 1:08 PM

      While true that Dunn isn’t hitting up to his standards, he’s still outperforming Posada and he’s only 31 to Jorge’s 39. Hard to say he’s done at such a (comparatively) young age, though it admittedly isn’t out of the question.

      • uyf1950 - May 19, 2011 at 3:07 PM

        My friend, the point I was making and I think you missed is that Posada’s contract is up after this year. The White Sox/Dunn still have 3 years left after this one. They both better hope that he isn’t done (no pun intended).

  8. koufaxmitzvah - May 19, 2011 at 12:21 PM

    Dada was a pretty good band. “Here Today, Gone Tomorrow” deserves a pet named after it. Props to you, Craig.

  9. stackers1 - May 19, 2011 at 12:32 PM

    Brian Cashman would have to be Sir Seorge Martin.

  10. deathmonkey41 - May 19, 2011 at 1:16 PM

    I don’t understand the indignation of fans that think Posada is being treated unfairly. He’s being paid 13 mil to hit and isn’t do a lick of it. Giving him to the All Star break to figure it out is more than generous. His catching skills have always been atrocious and his hitting has been declining the past few years.

  11. metalhead65 - May 19, 2011 at 1:35 PM

    what the hell is a Dada? and how can you possibly include them in the same sentence as the Beatles?

  12. heynerdlinger - May 19, 2011 at 2:00 PM

    Wouldn’t the Rolling Stones make a much better analogy?

    Jeter / Mick Jagger
    Posada / Charlie Watts
    Pettitte / Keith Richards
    Rivera / Ron Wood

  13. nixonotis - May 19, 2011 at 2:30 PM

    I don’t see Jeter as Lennon, I think of him more as a ground ball to second base.

    • kennylee1221 - May 19, 2011 at 2:53 PM

      I think of him more as guy w/5 WS rings…vs. Nomar’s Zero

      • Jay Seaver - May 19, 2011 at 4:14 PM

        Actually, Nomar’s got one from 2004, although I don’t know what that’s got to do with anything.

  14. smarterthangirardi - May 19, 2011 at 4:57 PM

    cmon Craig I worship your blog and reporting but can we get a new topic to talk about? how about how awful joe girardi managed lastnights game taking out colon? just let posada be hes batting .180 its a matter of time till thats .230

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