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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: Jun 20, 2011
Posted on: August 8, 2011 1:24 am
 

Posada 'not happy' with diminished role

Posada has enjoyed a nice, long tenure as a MLB catcher, but, it's clearly time for him to retire. He shouldn't complain about his playing time, his best years are long gone. Even though he is no longer effective, that last sentence was just uncalled for, I've never been a fan of this writer, but that last sentence was just insulting


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Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: August 8, 2011 12:13 am
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Since: Jul 11, 2007
Posted on: August 7, 2011 11:39 pm
 

Posada 'not happy' with diminished role

As unprofessional as Posada may be by sulking to the media, this writer is even more lame by writing that last sentence.  If you want to be a comedian, try being funny.  If you want to work for a "top" sports site, have some class and common knowledge of baseball. 


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Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: August 7, 2011 11:32 pm
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Since: Jan 1, 2009
Posted on: August 7, 2011 11:18 pm
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Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: August 7, 2011 10:06 pm
 

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.



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: August 7, 2011 9:46 pm
 

Posada 'not happy' with diminished role

Sorry Jorge my boy, its been a very good run. Just be thankful the Yankees have respect for your career with the club and don't cut you like they reasonably should. Jesus Montero should be taking up that spot on the roster and we don't have room for two DH catchers who can't play the field. 

I agree 100 percent. I'm a Tigers fan but a fan of MLB just as much and can't understand why Posada has such a problem with his so called diminished role.  I know he's a competitor and yes, he loves playing but it's time he faces reality and that is he's not the same player anymore.  He's 40 years old, he's made a fortune in his career ( a whole lot more then he would have made if he played anywhere but New York), he's won championships and had a good career overall.  I hate it when over the hill and overpaid veterans take a roster spot from talented young kids like Montero.  Once again though he should thank his lucky stars because in his case nobody else would bite the bullet, anybody else in baseball would have cut him a long time ago.  A diminshed role making big money in New York is a lot better in his case then where he should be at this point of his career. 



Since: Nov 28, 2006
Posted on: August 7, 2011 9:45 pm
 

Posada 'not happy' with diminished role

Unfortunately professional athletes, particularly greats like Jorge Posada, often hold on too long, and is unquestionably the case.  What makes matters worse, is Posada has not fully accepted the reality that his game has slipped big time, and has been a distraction now that Girardi has had to make moves that have impacted Posada's playing time/role.  <br /><br />Its got to be tough as hell.  You have been a terrific player and a life-long Yankee, you are arguably a hall of fame candidate when you look at the overall resume that includes 6 titles so its got to be tough to see the writing on the wall.  He probably thought he could finish out his contract and based on his service to the Yankees, he would continue to see playing time out of respect for his contributions.  Thats just not going to happen at this point. Plus, Girardi is probably not going out of his way to accomodate Posada anyhow, particularly when he is not playing all that well.




Since: Mar 9, 2007
Posted on: August 7, 2011 9:25 pm
 

Posada 'not happy' with diminished role

Sorry Jorge my boy, its been a very good run. Just be thankful the Yankees have respect for your career with the club and don't cut you like they reasonably should. Jesus Montero should be taking up that spot on the roster and we don't have room for two DH catchers who can't play the field.


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