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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: Dec 31, 2006
Posted on: August 8, 2011 11:33 am

Posada 'not happy' with diminished role

Don't think he is really complaining. He even says himself he put himself in that situation. He's just not happy about it. Who would be?

Since: Sep 17, 2010
Posted on: August 8, 2011 9:40 am

Posada 'not happy' with diminished role

This is what happens to a player that doesnt abuse steroids. Its the natural way a players skills begin to diminish. Its simply father time taking its course. If he had 30 homers? The skeptics would be scatching their heads and speculating. I have not forgot what Jorge has meant to the Yankees and has the resume to prove it. He has appeared in all star game 5x and has 4 world series rings. since the 2000 season Mr. Posada has had more ribbies homers and hits than any other catcher in baseball. Thank you for the memories. Hip Hip Jorge!!!!!

Since: Dec 5, 2008
Posted on: August 8, 2011 9:16 am

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.

Since: Jun 6, 2011
Posted on: August 8, 2011 9:15 am

Posada 'not happy' with diminished role

I'm sure this was a tough decession for Girardi; particularly after Posada acted like such a infant, refusing to play after being asked to hit 9th. Now he wishes he were hitting 9th. I just hope Posada realizes that he needs to step if he wants to play and not taint his career. He's 40 years old and can not rest on his past performance, which is going to difficult in light of Jeter's 4 year deal.

Since: Aug 17, 2007
Posted on: August 8, 2011 8:50 am

Posada 'not happy' with diminished role

He and his .230 average just need to go away!

What does he expect? He's batting .230! If I was running the Yankees he wouldn't even be on the team!

Since: Dec 30, 2006
Posted on: August 8, 2011 7:48 am

Posada 'not happy' with diminished role

Ditto from me--- what does he expect?  He is htting poorly, he has no power to speak of anymore and I could run faster than him if I had to carry him on my back.  He provides an option off the bench from either side and someone to spell Texeira at 1st base to give him a breather.  He also is the 3rd and emergency catcher.  The guy has been a great Yankee, but the writing is on the wall that this is end 9at least in pinstripes).  He will be a very expensive, $13 million/year, pinch-hitter for the remainder of his Yankee career

Since: Sep 4, 2010
Posted on: August 8, 2011 6:18 am

Posada 'not happy' with diminished role

Posada was a pretty good hitter in his time, but a not very good catcher.  A lot of his pitchers preferred other catchers because it would be impossible to get into a rhythm with Posada behind the plate, because Posada would take forever to give the pitchers their signs.

Since: Aug 6, 2011
Posted on: August 8, 2011 4:37 am

Posada 'not happy' with diminished role

My question on Posada , is with all the millions he has been paid ... How come he has never gotten his EARS fixed ? He looks like the mouse on American tail !

Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: August 8, 2011 2:35 am

Posada 'not happy' with diminished role

Jorge's not happy with his role? Imagine how unhappy his employers are to be paying him massive amounts of money to SUCK! tHis is pOsada's fourth consecutive season of being overpaid per his production. He should thank his lucky stars that he is in a sport with guaranteed contracts. If he was a football player, he would be bagging groceries at the corner supermarket.



 I agree with most of what you say but in 2009 he did hit 285 with 22 HR and 81 RBI in only 111 games. But I agree that he should be happy to be making a fraction of what he is now for how he is playing. He has hit some home runs in the diminshed role but if h was hitting better overall he would have the playing time.

Since: Apr 28, 2009
Posted on: August 8, 2011 1:57 am

Brian8ball's diminished role as a human being...

I love reading the incredibly entertaining posts of Yankee fans!  Brian8ball's comment on the post of a Reds fan is a perfect example.

The 8ball's unfortunate generalization about Reds' fans is beyond the pale.  Any normal person would realize just how rdiculous this insufferably ignorant statement makes him appear to others.  But the overwhelming arrogance of many, many Yankee fans discourages common sense.

It is obvious to millions of baseball fans that the Yankees and its $200+million payrolls is the main culprit responsible for Major League Baseball's lack of competitive balance.  The former believe a salary cap is the most effective way to level the playing field.  Yankee fans refer to these people as "haters". 

Well, that's one of the few intelligent comments I've ever heard from Yankee fans.  You see, I hate the Yankees obscene spending every bit a much as I hate Mom's apple pie, Chevrolets and the institution of marriage.

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