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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: Oct 16, 2006
Posted on: August 8, 2011 3:08 pm
 

Posada 'not happy' with diminished role

Posada is kinda irrelevant now. He has a good hitter and catcher for years its time to just go away. There cant be any complaining when he has been givin a chance ans has failed. Father time hase come Jorge its time to bow out gracefully



Since: May 15, 2011
Posted on: August 8, 2011 3:08 pm
 

Posada 'not happy' with diminished role

"Maybe the posters/haters on this site, including the author, failed to read Posada's quote that while he was unhappy out the decision, admitted that his performance put him in a position to be benched. Amazing that a writer who wants to be taken seriously as a journalist, would add a digging final paragraph about Posada being needed to perform custodial duties or other assinine things"



Very true, except as far as I can see C. Trent Rosecrans isn't anymore a journalist than any other blogger on CBS.com.  And he certainly isn't funny. Rosie reads the internet and the papers where he picks up quotes, which in turn, he either interprets badly or with a lame smugness and humor.  Just like any blogger or fan who wears an Ortiz or Posada shirt to a ballgame and is older than 16. They all think that they know baseball.  Rosie probably has a "Yankees suck" bumper sticker on his pick-up.  

Posada, in the quote above, realizes his lack of performance has placed him in the position that he is.  Yes, we are looking at life here.  40 year old catcher in the post-steroid MLB world.  It's quite amazing that Jorge is still competing or even desires to compete.  He should be like JD Drew.  Now there's a guy who will be quite happy to stay on the DL for the rest of his miserable career.  He doesn't want to play.  He's happy watching Reddick take his ABs.

Giardi is coaching for his managerial life.   He needs to win and will roll any combination of players that he believes will do it for him.

Posada is a professional whose his career has been special.  Girardi has given him 317 plate appearances.  If Jorge were hitting .275, 14, and 55, Rosencrans would have to find something else to write about.  Unfortunately that's not happening.  Unfortunately baseball without steroids is an unforgiving game.  The "end" happens.  Skills diminish and we can't play the game like when we were 30.  It used to be called the "twilight" of your career.  When Girardi stated " You're still going to be a big part of this, and we're going to need you," he wasn't kidding.  There will be more games and some big ABs down the stretch.  Will the career end here in 2011?  Probably.  But it 's not over yet.  As Jorge stated, "I've just got to keep on working."  

Well look at me. I quoted Girardi and Posada.  I'm a Journalist.  just like C. Trent Rosecrans.





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Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: August 8, 2011 3:02 pm
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Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: August 8, 2011 2:51 pm
 

Posada 'not happy' with diminished role

Jorge deserves to sit.  But "disgruntled" is unfair and inaccurate.  If Jorge weren't "disappointed" then you'd say he didn't give a crap and only wants to collect his paycheck.  I know media likes to see Yankees soap-opera, but the only story here is a potential HOF and his team groping with his precipitous decline during a pennant race ... which is enough of a story, i would think.



Since: Dec 5, 2007
Posted on: August 8, 2011 1:52 pm
 

Posada 'not happy' with diminished role

You DO realize that that commercial is like 5 years old right?? Do your research before you post...



Since: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: August 8, 2011 1:49 pm
 

Posada 'not happy' with diminished role

True, Ortiz isn't a piece of crap. He's just an over paid douche bag.




Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: August 8, 2011 1:28 pm
 

Posada 'not happy' with diminished role

im still trying to figure out how he is on a espn commercial with ortiz.... thats like taking a peice of crap and laying it next to a million bucks... this guy blows donkey balls...go bag groceries or something because you wouldnt make it on your local softball team you bum.
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 That commercial is a few years old meatball and Posada has a better shot at the hall of fame than Ortiz. You shouldn't calll Ortiz a piece of crap. Sloppy is a utility guy halfs his career and then has a few good seasons and people think he is an all time great. Ortiz wishes he could have the career Posada had.




Since: Nov 24, 2010
Posted on: August 8, 2011 1:12 pm
 

Posada 'not happy' with diminished role

Maybe the posters/haters on this site, including the author, failed to read Posada's quote that while he was unhappy out the decision, admitted that his performance put him in a position to be benched. Amazing that a writer who wants to be taken seriously as a journalist, would add a digging final paragraph about Posada being needed to perform custodial duties or other assinine things. Do your job & leave the (lack of) humor out of it. I'm wondering if the same disrespect for a guy who performed well beyond the life span of typical catchers would be there if he didn't play for the Yankees. It's amazing how many people are just gleeful that the Yanks aren't running away with anything as a sign of their demise, or that their core 3 are getting old & their skills are diminished. The Yankess will be great LONG after Jeter, Posada & Mariano retire. Deal with it.



Since: Dec 7, 2010
Posted on: August 8, 2011 12:58 pm
 

Posada 'not happy' with diminished role

This is another case of a player hanging on to long... Posada should of retired last year and left as a proud member of the Yankee family.
Now he is starting to taint that relationship...sad !!



Since: Jun 20, 2011
Posted on: August 8, 2011 11:41 am
 

Posada 'not happy' with diminished role

In his prime, Posada was a very good hitter, but, as onthejob has said, this is what happens when a player doesn't use steriods, as he gets older, he can't hit the ball as well.  I wouldn't expect Albert Pujols to hit 300 with 30 home runs and 100 RBI when he is 30, and he is one of the best to ever play the game.  This guy has meant a lot to the Yankees, but, if he doesn't want to taint his amazing career, he should retire.  40 is old for any baseball player, but especially for a catcher, and it's time for him to retire, his stats from this season prove it.


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