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Happy Birthday Jorge Posada!!!

Happy Birthday Jorge Posada!!!

Jorge Posada turns 42 years old today.

I have always had a lot of respect for catchers.  I feel that their role is the most critical one on the team due to their handling of the entire pitching staff.  A good, strong catcher is able to communicate well, be a team leader, and must be trusted by each and every member of the pitching staff.  Jorge Posada is the perfect example of this.

Posada led the New York Yankees to 5 championship titles during his reign as their #1 catcher.  What is most impressive about this run of excellence is that the Yankees change players, and specifically pitchers, quite often.  Posada had the skills as a leader to be able to handle new pitchers added to the team while still keeping them as competitive and dominant as they need to be without skipping a beat.

Jorge Posada had a fantastic career and will go down as one of the best catchers from his generation.

Happy Birthday Mr. Posada!!!

Happy Birthday Jorge Posada!!!

Happy Birthday Jorge Posada!!!

Jorge Posada turns 41 years old today.

I have always had a lot of respect for catchers.  I feel that their role is the most critical one on the team due to their handling of the entire pitching staff.  A good, strong catcher is able to communicate well, be a team leader, and must be trusted by each and every member of the pitching staff.  Jorge Posada is the perfect example of this.

Posada led the New York Yankees to 5 championship titles during his reign as their #1 catcher.  What is most impressive about this run of excellence is that the Yankees change players, and specifically pitchers, quite often.  Posada had the skills as a leader to be able to handle new pitchers added to the team while still keeping them as competitive and dominant as they need to be without skipping a beat.

Jorge Posada had a fantastic career and will go down as one of the best catchers from his generation.

Happy Birthday Mr. Posada!!!

Happy Birthday Jorge Posada!!!

Happy Birthday Jorge Posada!!!

Jorge Posada turns ‘The Big 4-0’ today.

I have always had a lot of respect for catchers.  I feel that their role is the most critical one on the team due to their handling of the entire pitching staff.  A good, strong catcher is able to communicate well, be a team leader, and must be trusted by each and every member of the pitching staff.  Jorge Posada is the perfect example of this.

Posada has led the New York Yankees to 5 championship titles during his reign as their #1 catcher.  What is most impressive about this run of excellence is that the Yankees change players, and specifically pitchers, quite often.  Posada has the skills as a leader to be able to handle new pitchers added to the team while still keeping them as competitive and dominant as they need to be without skipping a beat.

Happy Birthday Mr. Posada!!!

Yankees Bench Jorge Posada, Likely For Good

Yankees Bench Jorge Posada, Likely For Good

By      Ian Casselberry

It’s the last thing any athlete wants to hear from a coach: We think we’re a better team without you.

Hearing that has to be especially difficult for someone who’s had as much success in his baseball career as Jorge Posada(notes). But that’s the conversation he had with New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi before Sunday night’s 3-2 loss to the Boston Red Sox.

From The LoHud Yankees Blog:

“He 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 said. “So right now I’m sitting on the bench… I’m not happy about it, but right now I can’t do nothing about it. I put myself in this situation.”

Two months ago, Posada also appeared to take responsibility for his plight. But his actions spoke otherwise when Girardi penciled him into the ninth spot in the lineup, and he then said he couldn’t play due to a sore back. (Interestingly, this also took place before a game against the Red Sox.)

Yankees GM Brian Cashman added more drama to the situation when he met with the media during the game, saying Posada pulled himself from the lineup. Worked into a frenzy, reporters surrounded Posada’s locker after the game, asking for a response to Cashman’s comments. Posada took exception to Cashman talking to the media during the game, sneering “That’s the way he works now.”

Sunday’s announcement came with no such theatrics.

Posada didn’t have a chance to take himself out of the Yankees’ lineup this time around. He wasn’t batting ninth. Girardi didn’t have him in the lineup at all, giving Eric Chavez(notes) the start at designated hitter. (For what it’s worth, Chavez batted 0 for 4 with three strikeouts on Sunday night.)

Back in May, Posada was hitting .165/.272/.349, making Girardi’s decision look like a no-brainer. Posada improved from there, seemingly motivated by the slight, and pushed his batting average up to .240, with a somewhat respectable OPS of .754. But it’s never really gotten better from there. As of Sunday, he was batting .230/.309/.372 and struggling through a 1-for-13 slump.

Yankees bench Jorge Posada, likely for goodChavez looks like a better option at DH, hitting .323/.389/.431. But those numbers have been compiled in only 72 plate appearances this season. However, Chavez can still play in the field, playing 18 games at third base. And with Alex Rodriguez(notes) working his way back from knee surgery, the Yankees might need some help at that position.

Ultimately, that might be what benching Posada is really about. A-Rod might have to play at DH when he first returns. That leaves an opening at third base, which Chavez would likely fill — perhaps in a platoon with Eduardo Nunez(notes). Chavez could also help out at first base occasionally, allowing Mark Teixeira(notes) to DH. However it works out, the Yankees now have more lineup flexibility.

The Yankees have one more option at DH, which would be to call up Jesus Montero(notes) from Class AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. According to the New York Post’s Joel Sherman, the team’s preference is to go with Chavez first. Rodriguez would probably have to show he could play third base regularly again before Montero could be called up to take the full-time DH role.

Sitting on the bench can’t be the way anyone wanted to see Posada’s 17-year career with the Yankees end. But he’s not being released, presumably to avoid clubhouse drama. And there’s plenty more baseball to be played, including the postseason. Posada was hitting decently against right-handers, with a .263/.340/.438 average and all nine of his home runs. Maybe he has some contributions left to make this season.

But it could be a while — a long one — before that opportunity comes around for him.

 

Happy Birthday Jorge Posada!!!

Unquestionably my favorite player on the current Yankees team, Jorge Posada turns 39 years old today.

I have always had a lot of respect for catchers.  I feel that their role is the most critical one on the team due to their handling of the entire pitching staff.  A good, strong catcher is able to communicate well, be a team leader, and must be trusted by each and every member of the pitching staff.  Jorge Posada is the perfect example of this.

Posada has led the New York Yankees to 5 championship titles during his reign as their #1 catcher.  What is most impressive about this run of excellence is that the Yankees change players, and specifically pitchers, quite often.  Posada has the skills as a leader to be able to handle new pitchers added to the team while still keeping them as competitive and dominant as they need to be without skipping a beat.

For his birthday, I would like to give Jorge 1 more chance at a World Series title.  6 is better than 5, and I think that it would be fun to watch Jorge lead the current Yankees staff through another shot at a title.  Something tells me that he would make the most of an opportunity like this!!!

Happy Birthday Mr. Posada!!! 

World Series, Game 6 – It’s A Wrap!!!

In truly historic fashion, the New York Yankees beat the Phillies 4 games to 2 to win the 2009 World Series.  This is the 27th championship title for the Yankees, and this championship run was a great way to close the 2009 season at their brand new ballpark.

Led by their outstanding starting pitching, the Yankees were dominant in several of the games and took advantage of the Phillies inability to knock their starters out early.  CC Sabathia and Andy Pettitte were both incredible and AJ Burnett threw a gem in Game 2 for the champs.

Offensively, the Yankees did it all very well.  Collecting clutch hits, scoring runs in bunches, and taking advantage of having a hitter’s count when battling the Phillies pitchers are just a few of the reasons that the Yankees prevailed.  Derek Jeter was on base often.  Alex Rodriguez and Hideki Matsui each took turns being catalysts for run production in the Yankee victories.

And then there is Mariano Rivera.  Whether he is needed to get 2 guys out or if he has to throw 40 pitches over 2 innings, Mo is almost always superb!!  His ability to dominate during the most stressful situations is what makes him stand out as one of the best closers in post-season history.

Congratulations to the New York Yankees.  This is a championship that many of us(not me) predicted would happen.  I also firmly believe that this is a championship that they had to win.  Under the gun, and with more pressure on them that any other team would face, the Yankees prevailed and now they can proudly boast that they are the ‘Best Team in Baseball”

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World Series, Game 5 – Powered By Utley!!

It took 5 games, but this was the one where good hitting beat good pitching.  Finally!!  The Phillies offense got off to an early start and their relief pitching held off a furious attack by the Yankees late in the game to earn an 8-6 victory.  Luckily for the Phils, Brad Lidge did not make it into the game – as I predicted…

Each team was led by their offensive superstar – for the Yankees it was Alex Rodriguez and for the Phillies it was Chase Utley.

A-Rod went 2-for-4 while driving in three runs and scoring another.  His 2 RBI in the 8th inning started another Yankee comeback that ultimately fell short.  Nobody’s talking about the A-Rod that didn’t get his first hit of the series until Game 3 anymore…

Utley was the Phillie’s offensive spark as he launched 2 home runs – a 3-run blast in the 1st inning and then a solo shot in the 7th.  He wound up going 2-for-3 with 4 RBI and 3 runs scored.     Utley now has 5 home runs in 5 games.  We’ll see if that streak continues on Wednesday…

Game 6 is right around the corner as we head back to Yankee Stadium.  Pedro versus Pettitte should be classic!!!

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World Series, Game 4 – A-Rod Delivers In The Clutch As The Yankees Take Control Of The Series!!

As if it were scripted by Hollywood, the biggest star in baseball who has been bashed for his inability to take over in important games, Alex Rodriguez, got the biggest hit of his life securing a victory in Game 4.

With heroic pitching taking a backseat for the second straight night, it was offense that took center stage for Game 4.  Each starting pitcher got hit hard early but managed to settle in as the game went on.  While neither was on their ‘A-Game’, both Sabathia and Blanton settled down after allowing early inning runs.  The bullpens did their part until Joba Chamberlain gave up the Yankees led by allowing the Phillies to tie up the game at 4-4.

And then it was his turn…  In the top of the ninth of a tied game, Alex Rodriguez was at the plate for the most meaningful at-bat of his career.  And he delivered an RBI double that allowed Johnny Damon to score the tie-breaking run.  Phillies closer Brad Lidge gave up 2 more runs to the Yankees and the team trailed by three runs heading into the bottom of the ninth as Mariano Rivera waited. 

And the rest is history – 3 up and 3 down as the Yankees take a 3-1 series lead and have full control as they look to win the 2009 World Series.

Game 5 will feature Cliff Lee and AJ Burnett.  Both looked awesome in their previous starts, and I’m pretty certain they’ll do fine again.  If the Phillies have a chance to win tonight, they better not give the ball to Brad Lidge!!!

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World Series, Game 3 – Pettitte & A-Rod Prove Their Werth!!

For the first time in this series, offense was king!!

Two of the most exciting offensive teams in baseball managed to  collect 14 hits in Game 3 – 6 of which were home runs.  The Phillies struck first scoring 3 runs off of Andy Pettitte in the second inning.  However after that little spurt of offense, Pettitte was able to  remain calm and his Yankee teammates responded by scoring at least one run in the 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th innings.

Alex Rodriguez was finally able to collect his first hit of the series, which was a controversial home run.  Nick Swisher also managed to launch one into the outfield seats while Hideki Matsui homered for the second straight game.

While the 3-headed monster of Rollins, Utley, and Howard were kept in check by going just 1-for-12, it was All-star Jayson Werth that provided most of the offense for the Phillies as he blasted two home runs.  Unfortunately for Philly, both were solo shots. 

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Now the Yankees go into Game 4 with a 2-1 lead and look to take a commanding lead in the series.  Game 4 is always a crucial game and if the Yankees win, their confidence will be at a series high!!  Their ace, CC Sabathia, will take the mound to ensure their best chance at a win while the Phillies counter with Joe Blanton.  If the Big 3 from Philadelphia don’t break out from their collective slump,  the Yankees should have enough firepowerto win the game.

Game 4 is just around  the corner!!!

World Series, Game 2 – Yanks Dig The Long Ball!!

Another game down, and another round of great starting pitching!!  The Yankees emerged victorious as they evened up the series 1-1 and made this championship match-up a best of 5 games series.

Both AJ Burnett and Pedro Martinez were on their game.  Continuing the trend established in Game 1, both starting pitchers looked great but this time it was a few timely hits that helped the Yankees squeak by the Phillies…

AJ Burnett pitched the best game of his post-season career as he went 7 innings, allowing just 4 hits while striking out 9 batters.  Pedro Martinez was equally effective going 6 innings and allowing 6 hits and striking out 8.  The big difference was the long ball.  2 of the 6 hits Pedro allowed were solo home runs.  Mark Teixeira connected for the first shot and then Hideki Matsui hit the go-ahead homer to give the Yankees a lead that they would not relinquish.

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2 games down, and 2 classic pitching match-ups are in the books.  We’ll see what happens Saturday night when Andy Pettitte and Cole Hamels take the mound. 

Something tells me that round three may be just as good!!!