Hall Of Fame Debate: Cast Your Vote For Jorge Posada!!!
While watching a bunch of Spring Training action this season, I noticed that the TV cameras focused in quite a bit on former players either in the stands or in the dugouts of their former teams.
Among the players present in camp was Jorge Posada, the most underappreciated member of the ‘Core Four’ of the New York Yankees.
It was nice to see Jorge visiting with the Yankees, though you have to think that many of the players on the team were unrecognizable to him, and he has not been away from the game for that long… As a matter of fact, he looks like he can throw on a chest protector and still get it done.
And as usual, my mind drifted to Posada and his career. And of course, I thought about his eventual Hall of Fame candidacy and wondered if he would be elected.
So, that is tonight’s Hall Of Fame Debate: Cast Your Vote For Jorge Posada!!!
First, a look at his numbers:
Jorge Posada put together a fantastic major league baseball career. For the better part of 15 seasons, Posada anchored the New York Yankees pitching staff with his ability to handle multiple new pitchers every season.
But did he do enough on the field to earn himself a spot in Cooperstown??
I would say ‘No’. While I really like Jorge Posada, and I also value what he did for a pitching staff that seemingly changed every season, I don’t think that he did enough on offensive, routinely, to gain enshrinement.
His power numbers are solid and his batting and on-base numbers are very good too. But Jorge Posada was never ‘The Guy’ on offense to get his team going. Sure, he had his moments in which he shined, but with the offense he played on, he was never the leader, just a somewhat reliable part.
Because of where he played, Jorge Posada was cherished – and rightfully so!! But, if Jorge Posada played in another market, would he be as cherished? I am not so sure. Maybe by his home team, but not by the entire sport. I would put him in a class right below the Hall of Fame, somewhere with Ted Simmons and Lance Parrish.
And now it is your turn.
Cast your vote for Jorge Posada now!!!