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Jorge Posada not officially retired yet, but not planning to play

Jan 19, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

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Despite previous reports about his impending retirement Jorge Posada has not made an official announcement that he’s calling it quits, but the longtime Yankees catcher told Adam Berry of MLB.com that he’s “not getting prepared for another season, that’s for sure.”

Posada added that he “tried” to get ready to play in 2012 but “it’s not in me … more and more days started going by, and nothing’s going in the right direction.”

So why hasn’t he made things official yet? Posada said that he plans to talk things over with his family in order to be certain he’s making the right decision and will likely have an announcement in a couple weeks.

Posada struggled last season, hitting just .235 with a .714 OPS in 115 games while transitioning from catcher to designated hitter, but it’s worth noting that the 39-year-old switch-hitter batted .269 with an .814 OPS versus right-handed pitching. His brutal 6-for-65 (.069) mark versus lefties dragged his overall numbers down, but Posada remained plenty effective against righties.

Five years from now he’ll be an interesting Hall of Fame case, because voters tend to underrate catchers and Posada’s counting stats were likely hurt by getting a late start in the majors. Among all catchers with at least 5,000 plate appearances his .848 OPS ranks fifth in baseball history, sandwiched between Hall of Famers Gabby Hartnett and Yogi Berra, and even with his poor defense factored in he also ranks 12th all-time in Wins Above Replacement among catchers.

  1. phukyouk - Jan 19, 2012 at 10:55 AM

    He may not make it into the HOF but i am 100% sure he gets a plaque in monument park at some point

  2. buffalomafia - Jan 19, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    Hip Hip Jorge! Hip Hip Jorge! Hip Hip Jorge!

  3. dsimp724 - Jan 19, 2012 at 11:12 AM

    Thought he retired last season

    • shaggylocks - Jan 19, 2012 at 11:16 AM

      No, he just played like he was retired.

  4. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jan 19, 2012 at 11:16 AM

    Translation:
    “So, um…are you guys SURE you don’t want me? Because, you know, if you need me…I’m…um…right here…..anyone?”

  5. Walk - Jan 19, 2012 at 11:17 AM

    Why has he not officially retired? Plain and simple it is hard to walk away. He seemed to love his job and had a great career. Anyone who has committed to an organization for any length of time, not just baseball, has a hard time walking away. I know when i left the army early i felt a lot like i was leaving my friends and family behind and i bet he feels the same way. It took me some time to deal with leaving and i bet he feels the same way if the question was asked.

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jan 19, 2012 at 11:46 AM

      You’re right – I was just lightly jesting above. He was a great ballplayer with a great career on some unbelievable, unforgettable teams.
      As much as I hate the Yankees, I always respected the Jeter-Pettitte-Posada-Rivera tandem. I hope Jorge finds solace either way.

  6. phukyouk - Jan 19, 2012 at 11:32 AM

    Well once he does retire i hope that he signs some sort of job with the yanks. maybe a bullpen catcher or a coach or something like that.

    • pmcenroe - Jan 19, 2012 at 11:41 AM

      lol in what world does an MLB player become a bullpen catcher?–sorry but this seriously made me laugh

      • drewzducks - Jan 19, 2012 at 11:43 AM

        Didn’t Varitek do that about 2 years ago?

      • phukyouk - Jan 19, 2012 at 11:44 AM

        you want to know how a former MLB catcher becomes a bullpen catcher?

      • pmcenroe - Jan 19, 2012 at 11:51 AM

        Sure I love riddles. How does a 40 year old borderline HOFer who made $117 million during his 17 years and close to 13,000 inning behind the plate become a bullpen catcher?

      • phukyouk - Jan 19, 2012 at 12:02 PM

        ok.. so you think. maybe he should become an accountant?

      • pmcenroe - Jan 19, 2012 at 12:52 PM

        no the point is Posada becoming a bullpen catcher after he retires is like Derek Jeter becoming a bat boy

      • phukyouk - Jan 19, 2012 at 1:07 PM

        its not even close to the same thing…

      • phukyouk - Jan 19, 2012 at 1:18 PM

        also… Giving yourself a “thumbs up” is pretty sad…

      • pmcenroe - Jan 19, 2012 at 1:32 PM

        yes they are very close to the same thing. in fact bullpen catcher and bat boy are way more related in terms of positions within a MLB organization than bullpen catcher and bullpen coach are. please find me one example of a bullpen catcher with MLB experience or one who went from being a bullpen catcher to a member of a MLB coaching staff

        nice try with the whole thumbs up trolling thing though; about as ridiculous as your intial statement

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jan 19, 2012 at 12:27 PM

      I’d like to see former players become bullpen catchers. I think it would provide some unique coaching.

      • jwbiii - Jan 19, 2012 at 3:18 PM

        I don’t think bullpen catchers get paid enough to keep someone who has made as much money as Posada away from his family for 8 months or so.

        Here’s the bio on the Yankees’ current BP catcher:
        Roman Rodriguez #88
        Begins his 10th year with the Yankees organization as a bullpen catcher…also assists by charting pitches during games…was signed as a non-drafted free agent in 1988 by the Pittsburgh Pirates…spent eight years in the Pirates minor league system…following his playing career, was hired by the Kansas City Royals from 1997-2000 as their bullpen catcher…spent the following season (2001) as the Boston Red Sox bullpen catcher…married his wife, Carminia, on Valentine’s Day in 2004 and now resides in Bradenton, Fla, with their daughter, Adriana…was born on 3/30/69 in San Mateo, Venezuela.

        Career minor leaguer, probably needs the job.

  7. stex52 - Jan 19, 2012 at 12:36 PM

    Former catchers do make good pitching coaches or managers. Don’t know about Posada, but the catcher is often the smartest guy on the team. He certainly sees the most of the game.

    • phukyouk - Jan 19, 2012 at 12:51 PM

      oh i can totally see him being a manager down the road. i mean hes got the no BS attitude. but im talking like 10-15 yrs from now

      • stex52 - Jan 19, 2012 at 2:34 PM

        I think the “No BS” goes with the job. Those guys take a beating physically back there, and they also have to call the pitches and the plays on the field. It’s a credibility builder with the other players. Matheny is the next one to give it a try, and I have no doubt Brad Ausmus can do it if he chooses to.

        Posada may find it a way to keep with the game. Clear he still wants to.

  8. deathmonkey41 - Jan 19, 2012 at 12:38 PM

    Please retire Jorge- you can still walk away with most of your reputation in tow. Put up more miserable seasons like last year- especially on some down and out team that is looking for anyone and that rep will take some hits. You had a great- possibly HoF career- let us Yankees fans remember you for that.

    • bozosforall - Jan 20, 2012 at 1:40 PM

      Yeah…don’t be like Varichump, who should have left a long time ago.

  9. pisano - Jan 19, 2012 at 12:48 PM

    Retiring is the right thing for Jorge, you don’t want to tarnish your image anymore than he did last year. Walk away with your head high and leave the fans with good thoughts about your career. Jorge it really is time to leave.” Good night sweet Prince” as Sal Marciano of ESPN used to say.

  10. yankeesfanlen - Jan 19, 2012 at 12:53 PM

    Does no one realize the “Core Four” is continually changing? Only Mo is really still around, and unfortunately, it won’t be for that much longer.

    • cur68 - Jan 19, 2012 at 1:30 PM

      Yeah, but for me, those four guys always had Posada in it. Something about a guy batting without gloves that made him seem invincible to me. Always felt the same way about Vladdy, too. So tough the bat doesn’t sting and when their legs went (remember when Posada was known for his speed? Yeah, there was a time…) they just kept contributing like it was no big deal.

    • deathmonkey41 - Jan 19, 2012 at 1:33 PM

      Only Mo? Have you forgotten about Craig’s favorite player in the world, Mr. Derek Jeter?

    • bigharold - Jan 19, 2012 at 1:59 PM

      “Only Mo is really still around”

      Len, you forgetting about Derek?

      Leave Jeter alone!!

  11. deathmonkey41 - Jan 19, 2012 at 1:35 PM

    “remember when Posada was known for his speed? Yeah, there was a time”

    Was that when he was still in the womb?

    • cur68 - Jan 19, 2012 at 1:44 PM

      He broke his ankle really badly when he was in AAA ball. Actually, I think it was a Kendreys Morales type break: broken lower tibia with a dislocated ankle on a home plate collision. Before that, he had a rep as a fast guy.

  12. yettyskills - Jan 19, 2012 at 4:53 PM

    Oh just go away you over-rated hack

  13. bozosforall - Jan 20, 2012 at 1:38 PM

    Enjoy your retirement, Jorge! Yankee fans will always cherish your time as a lifelong Yankee.

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