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Posada 'not happy' with diminished role

Posted on: August 7, 2011 8:47 pm
 
Jorge Posada

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Jorge Posada may not have a Willie Mays falling-in-the-outfield moment to end his career -- but at least Mays was on the field. Posada may spend the last two months of his career on the Yankees' bench. Yankees manager Joe Girardi told Posada that he was no longer going to be used as the team's designated hitter against right-handed pitchers.

Sunday night the Red Sox sent right-hander Josh Beckett to the mound and instead of Posada, Eric Chavez was in the DH spot. Chavez and Andruw Jones will share that duty -- which was Posada's only defined role until now.

"[Girardi] said he was going to put the best lineup on the field and he doesn't know when I'm going to DH again," Posada told Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News. "So right now I'm sitting on the bench."

Posada said he was "very disappointed" with his new role.

"I'm not happy about it, but right now I can't do nothing about it," Posada said. "I put myself in this situation. I've just got to keep on working."

Posada will turn 40 later this month. He's hitting just .230/.309/.372 in 317 plate appearances this season with nine home runs and 31 RBI. He's hitting a more respectable .263/.340/.438 against right-handers, with all of his homers against righties.

Chavez is hitting .323/.389/.431 with one home run and 13 RBI in 72 plate appearances and Jones is hitting .233/.331/.440 with seven homers and 22 RBI in 133 plate appearances.

"We're going to see how this works," Girardi told reporters, including Feinsand. "We're going to try some different things. We'll see how this works, and I told Jorge, 'You're still going to be a big part of this, and we're going to need you. We're just going to do some different things.'"

It's unclear what Girardi "needs" of Posada, but I'm sure he can help pick up the cups that accumulate in the dugout at the end of the game, make sure the different flavors of gum and sunflower seeds don't get mixed up and keep Alex Rodriguez from creeping out Minka Kelly. 

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Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: August 8, 2011 5:03 pm
 

Posada 'not happy' with diminished role

just gotta say. im not sure if those are his exact numbers (too lazy to look,) but those are still way better than Jorge. it was a different era of baseball w/o the inflated HR/RBI #s we see often today.. also.. 110 hits in 310 AB is a .355 avg, much much much better than jorges .230 or whatever hes hitting.



Since: Aug 8, 2011
Posted on: August 8, 2011 4:48 pm
 

Redsfan 1507

Your totally right I don't understand Posada at all he's old and not in his prime he's stinkin it up in New York.



Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: August 8, 2011 4:40 pm
 

Posada 'not happy' with diminished role

I'm sure the Yankees, and Yankee fans aren't happy with Posada's "diminished performance" either.

Posada said it himself " I put myself in this situation", and he's correct. Posada was never a great defensive catcher, he was a bat that played the position...and at 40, he can't do that anymore. It was time to retire a year ago...Posada should be thankful he hasn't been released, and if he really isn't helping the Yankees, he should quit and allow a better player to take his roster spot. Posada has made enough money to sit around a cash campfire for the rest of his life. RETIRE !  



Since: Aug 8, 2011
Posted on: August 8, 2011 4:35 pm
 

Posada 'not happy' with diminished role

What does Posada have to do with the Reds winning in the 70's.


brian8ball
Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: August 8, 2011 4:31 pm
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Since: Aug 8, 2011
Posted on: August 8, 2011 4:24 pm
 

Posada 'not happy' with diminished role

If Posada doesn't retire after this year he is embarissing himself, hurting career numbers, hurting hall of fame status, and hurting the yankees.



Since: Nov 26, 2008
Posted on: August 8, 2011 4:22 pm
 

Posada 'not happy' with diminished role

I don't know about anyone else, but I took it as a clear statement pointing out your errors and lack of baseball knowledge. 


brian8ball
Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: August 8, 2011 4:21 pm
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brian8ball
Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: August 8, 2011 4:19 pm
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Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: August 8, 2011 4:06 pm
 

Posada 'not happy' with diminished role

Hey 8ball - Before you start talking the talk you might want to get your facts straight. The REDS did not win in 70 or 72 as another poster already beat me to saying, which just proves how much of an idiot you really are... You might have better luck on a soccer or womens gymnastics thread.


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