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Report: Jorge Posada will announce retirement within next two weeks

Jan 7, 2012, 2:29 PM EDT

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Sweeny Murti of WFAN in New York just reported that Jorge Posada will announce his retirement within the next two weeks.

This shouldn’t come as a big surprise. We already knew Posada wasn’t returning to the Yankees in 2012, but he hadn’t ruled out the possibility of continuing his career elsewhere. In fact, there were even rumors of the division-rival Rays expressing interest just two weeks ago. Still, it would have been weird to see him end his career in any other uniform.

Posada, 40, batted just .235/.315/.398 with 14 home runs, 44 RBI and a .714 OPS over 387 plate appearances last season. If Murti’s report is indeed correct, he’ll end his 17-year major-league career with a .273 lifetime batting average and an .848 OPS to go along with 275 home runs, 1,065 RBI, five All-Star appearances and four World Series titles.

Those are fantastic offensive numbers for a catcher and while this sounds funny to say, one could argue that he’s actually a little underrated for his contributions as a Yankee. That’s what surrounding star power will do sometimes. He should make for an interesting Hall of Fame case.

  1. yankeesgameday - Jan 7, 2012 at 2:45 PM

    If he doesn’t make the Hall of Fame I very much hope Jorge gets a plaque out in monument park. It’s easy to love Jeter if you’re a Yankee fan, but Jorge has always been my favorite player on the team for the last decade plus. He’s passionate, clutch and some of my favorite Yankee memories of their dynasty years have Posada right in the middle of them.

    Sorry, but I gotta say it: hip-hip Jorge!

    • marcys - Jan 7, 2012 at 4:51 PM

      So true what you said about Jeter. Esp. since I’m a woman, guys expect Jeter would be my fave bc he’s good looking, but Jorge is my favorite player, bar none! They can’t accuse me of going for looks over performance on him!

  2. pisano - Jan 7, 2012 at 2:49 PM

    Smart move, it’s always better to leave on your own terms and also have the fans remember you for meaning so much to the Yankees.

  3. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jan 7, 2012 at 3:10 PM

    I wonder if he will coach/manage? With his hot head, we should see some spectacular ejections!

  4. dondada10 - Jan 7, 2012 at 3:17 PM

    I’m a Mets fan, but I witnessed Posada’s entire career. He was great and a winner. Enjoy the life of leisure, Jorge.

  5. cur68 - Jan 7, 2012 at 3:57 PM

    I hope he does retire. He’s had a good career, may successes, and is generally well perceived. Best to go on a relative high.

  6. sleepyirv - Jan 7, 2012 at 4:08 PM

    The most enjoyable of the 90s Yankees. I would not mind him making the Hall of Fame, even though writers will probably go on about his “intangibles” and such his numbers are solid enough.

  7. okwhitefalcon - Jan 7, 2012 at 4:11 PM

    A nice career, well done.

    Now the countdown begins for Jon Heyman’s “Posada to the HOF” campaign.

    • proudlycanadian - Jan 7, 2012 at 4:26 PM

      He will not be elected to the Hall Of Fame.

  8. marcys - Jan 7, 2012 at 4:49 PM

    Of course Jorge Posada is underrated! That did not sound at all strange. He probably wants to retire to spend time w/ his family–there’s a lot going on there, with his son who has craniosynstosis. I was hoping he would go to the Rays just to show Girardi he’s still got the stuff.

    Proudly Canadian, above, is a total moron.

    • proudlycanadian - Jan 7, 2012 at 5:37 PM

      marcys needs to do some research. Playing for the Yankees for a long time by itself is not sufficient to qualify anyone for the Hall Of Fame. marcys should also realize that the vast majority of voters are not Yankee fans. They are from places such as Missouri and are skeptical of big apple hype.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jan 7, 2012 at 8:11 PM

        Not sure how she’s wrong in saying he’s underrated. It’s very possible he was the best catcher in MLB over the last 10 years or so. In one year he hit .287/.417/.527 with 107BBs, 28HR and didn’t receive a single MVP vote.

      • jwbiii - Jan 7, 2012 at 8:17 PM

        Hey, It worked for Phil Rizzuto!

  9. steelerhypocrite - Jan 7, 2012 at 4:51 PM

    Big deal, just another overrated piece of NY crap.

  10. voodeezy - Jan 7, 2012 at 4:59 PM

    I have to point out that posada in fact won FIVE world series, not four. Just because girardi was catching in 96′ doesn’t mean posada wasn’t part of the team. Anyone that has watched him play and produce countless clutch hits knows he’s a hall of fame catcher.

    • makjak2 - Jan 7, 2012 at 5:09 PM

      Nope, it’s 4. He wasn’t on the postseason roster in ’96. I love Jorge too, but facts are facts.

    • D.J. Short - Jan 7, 2012 at 5:38 PM

      Correction: He does have five WS rings. He was not on the postseason roster in 1996 — only played in eight games at the major league level — but he did get a ring. He was on four WS teams.

  11. deathmonkey41 - Jan 7, 2012 at 5:14 PM

    Good, it was getting painful watching him play the past few years. His catching skills, where never good and growing increasingly worse, and then his hitting began to fade. I’ll be happy to see him retire as a Yankee though.

    • proudlycanadian - Jan 7, 2012 at 6:22 PM

      As a catcher his skills were slightly below average. He hit better than most catchers; however, his career hitting numbers while good were not, in my opinion, Hall Of Fame worthy. I am not into WAR and that type of statistics; however, all his stats are posted on Baseball Reference and what I saw did not convince me that he belonged in the HOF. He does belong in the Hall Of The Very Good.

  12. dwick21 - Jan 7, 2012 at 6:15 PM

    fan or not, this guy was clutch in the post season and was always a reliable player. who wouldn’t want to have a guy like this commanding your pitching staff?

  13. yankeesgameday - Jan 7, 2012 at 7:42 PM

    Look; baseball hof, no I don’t think so.

    Yankee hof, with a bust in monument park? I think that is more like it. Posada was not a transcendent player like bench or munson, but he means an awful lot to Yankee fans so I think the team should be the ones honoring him on an organizational level sometime in the future.

    • Kyle - Jan 7, 2012 at 7:48 PM

      I think you’re absolutely correct here.

    • proudlycanadian - Jan 7, 2012 at 8:23 PM

      Munson is an interesting comparison. When he died prematurely, Yankee fans were ready to elect him to the HOF. When he became eligible for HOF voting, he was not elected as voters in the rest of the baseball universe thought that Munson belonged in the Hall Of The Very Good.

  14. Ick McWang - Jan 7, 2012 at 9:05 PM

    TBH, I could see Posada with the Rays, only against lefties, and maybe a little first base, especially if they are serious about Ryan Theriot. Molina and Posada would make a fine 1-2, righty, lefty, platoon. Then the Rays could break in Robinson Chorinos a bit more whilethe two vets start the season. If either/both completely bomb, they throw Chorinos in as a full timer. Can’t be any worse than Jaso/Shoppach last year.

    The Rays seem resigned to not getting back Kotchman. Or did I miss something?

  15. Chris K - Jan 7, 2012 at 11:05 PM

    Has Andy Pettite retired yet?

  16. posterkid88 - Jan 8, 2012 at 1:12 AM

    Don’t forget he will likely have the same year of eligibility as Ivan Rodriguez and a few years behind Mike Piazza. Being the third best catcher of his generation (offensively at least) isn’t really a selling argument for induction.

    • deathmonkey41 - Jan 8, 2012 at 12:00 PM

      As far as I know, he’s the only one out of those three not linked to PED’s.

  17. 27xwschamps - Jan 8, 2012 at 1:46 AM

    Hip Hip Jorge !!! Best wishes bro, its been a great ride !!! Enjoy ur retirement !! 😃

  18. tn16 - Jan 8, 2012 at 2:19 AM

    Hall of fame player
    And his number will never be worn by another Yankee again

  19. weaselpuppy - Jan 8, 2012 at 2:23 AM

    Don’t think he gets in….his numbers when normalized for his era aren’t good enough against other catchers, and his defense was below average. Example? Look at Bill Freehan…played in the opposite situation, his entire career in the most hitting depressed time (1962-1976)…normalize up his stats and they are about identical to Posada…except he was an incredible defensive catcher (5 GG) and went to 11 straight AS games, 3 top 7 MVP voting results…and he barely got 20% of the vote in any year on the HOF ballot. Ted Simmons is a better comp for Posada, and has better stats and similar defense than Posada while straddling the two extreme hitting eras of Posada and Freehan

    Hall of Very Good is calling Jorge….no shot at HOF….

  20. buffalomafia - Jan 8, 2012 at 4:43 AM

    Salute’ to Jorge! Hip Hip Jorge! Hip Hip Jorge! Hip Hip Jorge!

  21. plmathfoto - Jan 8, 2012 at 8:47 AM

    I heard that the position at Disney to be Dumbo has opened up for him in about 2 weeks…

    Very good player, a winner, hated what he did last year, weird that a hot head like that could handle the pressure of calling games etc in the situations he was always in being a Yankee.

    Hats off to him, just cover up the ears!

  22. jfinn5 - Jan 8, 2012 at 3:56 PM


  23. lgwelsh1 - Jan 9, 2012 at 5:18 AM

    He will get his plaque at monument park, he had a great 17 year career with the Yankees and is loved by the fans. HoF is probably 50/50 but for the rest of his life he will be treated as sports royalty in New York City.

    Would love to see him in a coaching capacity with the team, he has a lot of wisdom and experience that he could teach the younger players.

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