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Posted on: January 24, 2012 2:17 pm
Edited on: January 24, 2012 6:46 pm
 

Posada retires: What they're saying



By Matt Snyder

Long-time Yankees catcher Jorge Posada announced his retirement Tuesday at Yankee Stadium with a live press conference. Here's what some of his colleagues from over the years are saying, via a Yankees press release:

Bernie Williams: “I want to congratulate ‘Jorgito’ on an outstanding career. He was one of the greatest catchers of his era, and one of the best Puerto Rican players to ever play the game. He was a great teammate, is a great friend and human being, and will always be a great Yankee. I was honored to take the field with him every day for so many years, and I cherish all the memories we have together, topped off by those World Series championships. Frankly, I can’t believe that ‘Jorgito’ is actually announcing his retirement before I do. Seriously, I wish him, Laura, and the kids happiness and success in their future. He will be missed by the Yankees family, all of his teammates, coaches, and most of all, the great Yankee fans.”

Hall of Fame?
Andy Pettitte: “Jorge was obviously one of the heart and soul pieces of all those championships with us. Everyone brings their own style to the table but Jorge played with so much fire and intensity, and you have to have all the different mixes of personalities on a team to be able to win the way we did. The intensity that he brought on a daily basis to the field was just amazing to watch. He was a wonderful teammate — one of the greatest teammates I’ve ever played with — and a great friend and a great person.

“The fans loved Jorge because of the passion he played with. He didn’t try to hide it, and he didn’t make up excuses. He’s a stand-up guy, and if he wasn’t able to get it done, he would say ‘I didn’t get it done.’ He handled all the victories and all the success with class and never made excuses for anything. Fans love that. They love to see you be real and passionate. When you’re like that in New York, you’re going to be loved, that’s for sure.”

Paul O'Neill: “Jorge was one of my most favorite teammates of all time. He was into winning. He was mentally tough, physically tough, and he was never scared. It means a lot that he is retiring as a Yankee. As the seasons go on, I think people will realize how important he was to the team, and how big a role he played in the Yankees’ success over the years. He was a great teammate and a fun guy off the field. I had a lot of fun with Jorge. I have all the respect in the world for him. He is going to be considered for the Hall of Fame, and any time people talk about you that way, it tells you what type of player you are.”

David Wells: “Jorge was exceptional behind the plate. He gave you so much in terms of his target, working the umpires, and with the level of communication that he had. To me, the pitcher has to be comfortable and in-sync with the catcher. He fought with me, worked with me, and knew the counts. If I didn't see something that he did, I would shake off his sign, and he would just put down the same sign again. Whenever that happened, I realized that he knew something I didn’t. It speaks to the trust I had in him. He always wanted the pitcher to feel as comfortable as he could. That's why in my mind, he was the greatest catcher.”

Jason Varitek: “After hundreds of head-to-head games during the regular season and the postseason, I can't say I respect and admire anyone at our position more than I do Jorge. The hard work and preparation he put into catching is a huge reason he has five championships on his resume. He is a true grinder.”

Tino Martinez: “Jorge was one of the cornerstones of all those championship teams, handling the pitching staff all those years. The way he prepared every single day assured that he became the best player he could possibly be. He’s going to go down as one of the greatest all-time Yankees. It’s very rare that somebody comes up through the minor league system with the Yankees and plays 17 years with the club. He did it the right way as a true professional, a great teammate and a great baseball player.”

Alex Rodriguez: “Jorge has bled the pinstripes for a long, long time, and he played with a passion that certainly rubbed off on his teammates. To play the number of games that he did, at the level he did, year in and year out, at the toughest position on the field, is a credit to his commitment to his craft. He left everything out on the field, and that’s what made him special."



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Posted on: January 23, 2012 10:07 am
Edited on: January 24, 2012 6:49 pm
 

Jorge Posada to announce retirement Tuesday

By Matt Snyder

Yankees catcher Jorge Posada will retire from baseball. The official announcement will come at a press conference Tuesday at 11 a.m. ET in Yankee Stadium.

Posada will go down in history as a very valued member of the Yankee family.

Posada, 40, made the All-Star team five times and also won five Silver Sluggers. He joined with Andy Pettitte, Mariano Rivera and Derek Jeter as the nucleus for the Yankees over an extended period of time, becoming known as the Core Four. He played 17 consecutive years with Jeter and Rivera, making them one of the most prolific teammate trios in professional sports history.

Posada saw his fair share of winning. By 1997 he was getting some important at-bats and in 1998 he was the primary catcher. The only season the Yankees didn't make the playoffs with Posada on the roster was 2008. He has five World Series rings and also played in two other World Series.

Over the course of his career, Posada hit 275 home runs while amassing 900 runs scored and 1,065 RBI. His career .273/.374/.474 line is outstanding for a catcher. The only catchers who hit more homers in their career were Mike Piazza, Johnny Bench, Carlton Fisk, Yogi Berra, Gary Carter, Lance Parrish and Ivan Rodriguez.

In terms of the Yankees leaderboard, Posada ranks seventh in doubles and walks, eighth in homers and 11th in RBI. He has homered in 29 different ballparks, which is the most in history for a Yankees player.

Hall of Fame?
Using Baseball-Reference.com's similarity scores, four of the top ten most similar players to Posada in baseball history are currently in the Hall of Fame.

Speaking of which, Posada does have a shot at enshrinement. It will probably be a tall order, though, with several loaded ballots coming up in the next five seasons.

Whether the Hall comes calling or not, Posada should be proud of his baseball career. It's been a great one.



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Posted on: January 7, 2012 2:51 pm
Edited on: January 7, 2012 9:43 pm
 

Jorge Posada to retire from baseball

By Matt Snyder

Long-time Yankee Jorge Posada will announce his retirement from baseball in the next few weeks, CBSSports.com insider Jon Heyman has confirmed. The news was first reported by Sweeny Murti of WFAN.

While it would be a stretch to say Posada is one of the very best Yankees of all-time, he's certainly someone who will go down in history as a very important member of the storied franchise.

Posada, 40, was a member of four World Series championship teams (and, yes, he does have five rings -- he just wasn't on the '96 playoff roster), made the All-Star team five times and also won five Silver Sluggers. He joined with Andy Pettitte, Mariano Rivera and Derek Jeter as the nucleus for the Yankees over an extended period of time, becoming known as the Core Four.

Posada definitely saw his fair share of winning. By 1997 he was getting some important at-bats and in 1998 he was the primary catcher. The only season the Yankees didn't make the playoffs with Posada on the roster was 2008. In addition to the four championships, Posada also played in two other World Series.

Over the course of his career, Posada hit 275 home runs while amassing 900 runs scored and 1,065 RBI. His career .273/.374/.474 line is outstanding for a catcher. The only catchers who hit more homers in their career were Mike Piazza, Johnny Bench, Carlton Fisk, Yogi Berra, Gary Carter, Lance Parrish and Ivan Rodriguez.

Hall of Fame?
Using Baseball-Reference.com's similarity scores, four of the top ten most similar players to Posada in baseball history are currently in the Hall of Fame.

Speaking of which, Posada does have a shot at enshrinement. It will probably be a tall order, though, with several loaded ballots coming through the ringer in the next five seasons.

Whether the Hall comes calling or not, Posada should be proud of his baseball career. It's been a great one.

For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @EyeOnBaseball on Twitter, subscribe to the RSS feed and "like" us on Facebook.
 
 
 
 
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