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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: Jul 14, 2008
Posted on: August 8, 2011 3:46 pm
 

Posada 'not happy' with diminished role

The Reds won the World Series in 1970? That is quite a shock to the Orioles who they somehow managed to give the championship trophy to. And in 1972 somehow, despite beating the Reds, the Athletics title has been stripped by you. You are an IDIOT, who knows nothing about baseball. Talk about ignorance, you are the poster child. 



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Since: Jul 14, 2008
Posted on: August 8, 2011 3:37 pm
 

Posada 'not happy' with diminished role

Which 4 world Series did the Reds win in the 70s?   Pretty sure they won 2 and lost a few more. Why is anyone discussing the Reds? They had one good year and totally choked in the playoffs. The Yankees go to post season nearly every year, have won 5 championships in the last 15 years, and have displayed overall excellence. The didn't create the rules, they just play by them. This reminds me of NFL and NHL owners. They scream they have to have a salary cap, and as soon as a cap is in place, they try to figure out ways around the cap. The NBA cap is better? Teams have a payroll twice what the cap is. That is not a cap. That is merely a way to stop free agency.   And Posada stinks at this time. They should have sat him down months ago.



Since: Jul 14, 2008
Posted on: August 8, 2011 3:36 pm
 

Posada 'not happy' with diminished role

Which 4 world Series did the Reds win in the 70s?   Pretty sure they won 2 and lost a few more. Why is anyone discussing the Reds? They had one good year and totally choked in the playoffs. The Yankees go to post season nearly every year, have won 5 championships in the last 15 years, and have displayed overall excellence. The didn't create the rules, they just play by them. This reminds me of NFL and NHL owners. They scream they have to have a salary cap, and as soon as a cap is in place, they try to figure out ways around the cap. The NBA cap is better? Teams have a payroll twice what the cap is. That is not a cap. That is merely a way to stop free agency.   And Posada stinks at this time. They should have sat him down months ago.



Since: Jul 12, 2011
Posted on: August 8, 2011 3:23 pm
 

Posada 'not happy' with diminished role

Posada needs to retire. He's washed up now. He hasn't been contributing to the team. In fact, he's been negatively impacting the team with all his raging about money, playing time, etc. If the Yankees want to maintain being relevant, they need to cut him loose and find a new catcher. I mean, that's what the Yankees' $196 million payroll is there for, right? They are paying Posada $13 million to sit on the bench or to play and not contribute.

They should trade with the Braves. Pick up our 3rd string farm catcher for Derek Jeter. We would be glad to throw in Gonzalez for free.


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