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Happy Birthday Jorge Posada!!!

Happy Birthday Jorge Posada!!!

Jorge Posada turns 43 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!!!

‘Hall Of Fame Debate’ – Gary Carter VS Jorge Posada

‘Hall Of Fame Debate’ – Gary Carter VS Jorge Posada

For this week’s head-to-head battle, I wanted to match up two of the best catchers in the game over the last 30 years.  So, why not find two guys that were employed pretty close to each other as well?

This week’s match-up is Gary Carter VS Jorge Posada!!!

Both men were fan favorites in New York , though Carter was also beloved in Montreal as a result of playing there for 10 seasons.

And there numbers are pretty comparable.

Have a look:

Gary Carter Jorge Posada
Seaons 19 17
Games Played 2296 1829
Games Caught 2056 1574
% Of Games Caught 0.89547038 0.860579552
Hits 2092 1664
Batting Average 0.262 0.273
On-Base % 0.335 0.374
Doubles 371 379
Home Runs 324 275
Runs Scored 1025 900
RBI 1225 1065
All-Star 11 5
Silver Slugger 5 5
Gold Glove 3 0
MVP 0 0
Postseasons 3 15
World Series 1 4

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Here are the things that standout most for me:

  • Posada’s number of postseason appearances – 15 in 17 seasons
  • Carter’s hit tally is close to 400 more than Posada’s
  • Home run edge goes to Carter (bit of a surprise)
  • Doubles are extremely close
  • Posada has a good lead in the batting average battle
  • Carter was more productive from a run scoring and run producing standpoint
  • Posada’s 4 WS titles is impressive

Well, I have to say that when I first chose these two players to put against one another, I thought that the numbers would have been a lot closer.

But to be blunt, Gary Carter is a more accomplished player.  His tally of hits, home runs, runs scored, and RBI is well above Posada’s.  And his selection to 11 All-Star Games and Gold Glove Awards puts him on another level as well.

The lone area in which Posada eclipses Carter is in the postseason.  And while that is a team accomplishment, being a starter on a team with so much success has to mean something.  And for me, it means quite a bit!!

But, is it enough to put him with an overall higher ranking than Gary Carter??

For me, ‘No’.  Carter was too consistent and his numbers are a step below elite for catchers.  Posada is a step or two behind Carter on all major offensive statistics except for batting average and on-base percentage.  But that is not enough for me to give him the nod over Carter.  And while I am extremely impressed with the consistency at which Posada and the Yankees appeared in the postseason, it could also be said that Posada happened to be in the right place at the right time.

So, what do you think?  Who do you take in the match-up of Gary Carter VS Jorge Posada???

 

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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!!!

Hall Of Fame Debate: Cast Your Vote For Jorge Posada!!!

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!!!

Posada

First, a look at his numbers:

Seasons 17
Games 1829
Hits 1664
Doubles 379
Home Runs 275
Batting Average 0.273
On-Base Percentage 0.374
Runs Scored 900
RBI 1065
All-Star 5
Silver Slugger 5
MVP 0
Post Seasons 15
WS Titles 4

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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.

Gavel

And now it is your turn. 

Cast your vote for Jorge Posada now!!!

2010 Topps Heritage ‘Core Four’ Starring Pettitte, Posada, Jeter, and Rivera

2010 Topps Heritage ‘Core Four’ Starring Pettitte, Posada, Jeter, and Rivera

In November of 2009, I wrote a post on this blog titled ‘Ranking The Yankees Core Four’.  You can read that here.

This card of the ‘Core Four’ came out a year later as part of the 2012 Topps Heritage set.

 

And now, almost three seasons later, a lot has changed.

Posada has retired.

Pettitte has retired.  And un-retired.

Rivera suffered a crippling injury and is doing rehab with the hopes of a 2013 comeback.

Jeter has gotten better.  Much better!

So, after reviewing my original story, I know that my rankings of 3 and 4 would not change.  But as for the #1 spot, it is hard to not re-think that.  Jeter has been on a tear since capturing his 3,000th hit and his legend only continues to grow.  And sadly, Mariano Rivera has been unable to compete.

I may have to officially switch 1 & 2.

What do you think??

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!!!

My First Time – Jorge Posada – September 4, 1995

My First Time – Jorge Posada – September 4, 1995

The setting – Yankee Stadium.  Bronx, New York.

From Posada – ‘The first time I saw my name on the lineup card was real exciting.  I’ll always remember Don Mattingly coming over to shake my hand and congratuling me for my first game, first start, and first hit.  That was his last year in the big leagues and I felt privileged to get to know him that year’.

The Boxscore – Yankees 13, Mariners 3.  Posada goes 0-for-0.

Jorge Posada Retires After 17 Year Career

NEW YORK — It seemed appropriate that Jorge Posada’s voice quivered the most when he addressed the topics of his family and his teammates. Throughout 17 summers in the big leagues, there was nothing that mattered more to him.

A five-time World Series winner who wore only Yankees pinstripes, Posada clutched at typewritten notes and choked back tears as he announced his retirement from baseball at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday morning.

“Today is a very emotional day for me,” Posada said. “Ever since I was a little kid, I remember that all I wanted to do was become a Major Leaguer. I became a member of the New York Yankees, and that’s all I wanted.”

With a packed conference room awaiting, Posada walked through the concrete corridors of the stadium on a brisk, cloudless day in the Bronx — the kind of beautiful tease that promises a reporting date for pitchers and catchers will be just around the corner.

But Posada will not be there, his gear now stashed with finality. The 40-year-old said that for the better part of two decades, he had entered the stadium and its predecessor by silently reciting Joe DiMaggio’s iconic quote: “I want to thank the good Lord for making me a Yankee.”

And now Posada leaves as one for life. Though Posada made his decision during the 2011 season, only his wife Laura and close friend Derek Jeter were let in on the secret, though Posada would eventually instruct his agents not to pursue offers from other teams this winter.

“I could never wear another uniform,” Posada said. “Being a part of seven World Series and having five rings was something I never imagined, and being a part of it was just priceless. I will forever be a Yankee.”

Flanked by his wife and two children, Jorge Jr. and Paulina, Posada said that he no longer felt the push to work out and prepare for another season and will instead enjoy spending time with his family in Miami.

“I haven’t had a summer with them, so I really want to spend a summer with them — enjoy it, have some fun with the kids,” said Posada.

A five-time All-Star and five-time American League Silver Slugger Award recipient, Posada endured a trying final season in which he was told that he had lost his catching job and would have to transition to designated hitter.

“I never got the chance to fight for my job,” Posada said. “That’s probably the toughest thing as a human being, not being able to do your job. I felt demoted.”

He clashed with management over the reduced role and eventually started losing at-bats against left-handed pitchers, but manager Joe Girardi and general manager Brian Cashman said that all is now forgiven.

“We obviously had a rough patch,” Cashman said, “but we all fought through it. You can have tough times [in a career], but I think he feels that this organization truly values everything he’s done for us.”

Managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner said that his father, the late George M. Steinbrenner III, appreciated Posada’s contributions greatly.

“My dad loved warriors, and Jorge was a warrior,” Steinbrenner said. “He loved guys that worked hard, good role models. Those are the things to be a great Yankee that my dad felt were absolutely essential.”

Indeed, Posada’s passion and fire were lauded at Yankee Stadium, representing an intangible that the newer breed of Bombers will have to look to replace in a matter of months.

“I know how he feels, I know how much he cares,” Jeter said. “That’s what people are going to miss. I think that’s what the fans are going to miss. You can’t fake it. The fans appreciated him so much because he cared about winning, he cared about doing his job.”

Posada thanked Yankees fans in particular for their support, many of whom likely recognized what he said was a driving influence learned from his father, Jorge Sr. — a burning hatred of losing.

“My dad hated losing,” Posada said. “I saw him play softball. He was so angry and couldn’t sleep. I think I got that from my dad. He hated losing, hated being a part of a losing team. He was always, for me, a winner.”

Posada retires as a career .273 hitter, owning 275 home runs and 1,065 RBIs. Were his home run total a bit higher, Posada said he might be wearing a uniform this spring.

“I said I was going to play another year if I had less than nine home runs to get to 300,” Posada said. “Twenty five away, to stick around for two or three years to try to get this, it was just not going to happen.”

Instead, Posada leaves behind a legacy that promises to generate spirited Hall of Fame discussion when his case comes up for review in five years.

The Yankees noted that of the 14 former catchers currently enshrined in the Hall of Fame, only Yogi Berra posted higher marks in all three Triple Crown categories of batting average, home runs and RBIs.

But no matter the decision regarding Cooperstown, Posada will be enshrined in franchise lore, a worthy successor to the catching legacies forged by the likes of Bill Dickey, Berra and Thurman Munson.

Diana Munson spoke in glowing terms of Posada, saying that it was his spirit that drew her back to baseball after her husband’s untimely passing in a 1979 plane crash.

Posada kept words of Munson’s in his locker, taping yellowing newsprint in plain sight that quoted the Yankees captain as saying the most important part of his game was defense. Diana Munson said that Posada and her husband would have been fast friends.

“I actually got to the point where I couldn’t wait to get the newspaper to read the box scores,” Munson said. “That’s unusual. The only box scores I ever read in my life were Thurman’s, but Jorge stayed very close to my heart.”

Posada trails only Dickey and Berra for games caught as a Yankee, and he ranks seventh on New York’s all-time list for doubles and walks (936), eighth in homers and 11th in RBIs.

Posada’s departure reduces the “Core Four” to just a dynamic duo, as Posada follows a path set by Andy Pettitte’s retirement 12 months prior.

Only Jeter and Mariano Rivera remain from the group that played roles in the Yankees’ five World Series championships from 1996-2009, and Posada hinted that Rivera plans to retire after the ’12 season — though Posada quickly added that he doesn’t believe Rivera.

“It’s hard, playing with teammates like that and they’re retiring — that’s telling you one thing: your time will come,” Rivera said. “Bernie [Williams] and Andy and now Jorge … it was a blessing to me to play with all these men that I love.”

A 24th-round pick in the 1990 First-Year Player Draft, Posada converted to catcher from second base in 1991. It wasn’t a smooth transition; Posada recalled spending too much time chasing balls to the backstop, but he ultimately developed into one of baseball’s most valuable commodities — a power-hitting catcher from both sides of the plate.

“I think he’s a Hall of Famer,” Girardi said. “When you look at his numbers and stack his numbers against the catchers who have been there — what he has meant to this club and the championships — his numbers are incredible.”

Heroics on the field — perhaps none louder than his bloop double off Pedro Martinez in Game 7 of the 2003 AL Championship Series, or no more memorable than catching David Wells’ 1998 perfect game — were just one chapter of Posada’s career.

Posada said that he was thankful for having used his visibility with the Yankees to elevate research and treatment of Craniosynostosis through his foundation, having been introduced to the condition by Jorge Jr.’s ongoing battles at home.

“It’s making a difference in the lives of families affected by this condition,” Posada said. “Being a part of this team was key in helping me with my mission off the field.”

Munson told Posada that he will go on to do “great things” in his post-baseball life, but Posada said that he does not know yet what they will be. Posada said that he has received on-air offers from ESPN, MLB Network and the YES Network, but Posada does not expect to accept any of them.

Nor is he interested — at least, not yet — in thinking about a future in the dugout, though Posada grinned when a fan told him that catchers make great managers.

Yankees’ Jorge Posada To Announce Retirement

Yankees’ Jorge Posada To Announce Retirement

By HOWIE RUMBERG, AP Sports Writer

NEW YORK (AP)—Catcher Jorge Posada is planning to retire after 17 seasons with the New York Yankee rather than pursue opportunities with other teams.

A person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press on Saturday that the five-time All-Star catcher will announce his retirement this month.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the decision has not yet been made public. Posada’s plans were first reported by sports radio station WFAN.

The 40-year-old Posada won five World Series titles with the team that drafted him in the 24th round of the 1990 draft. He became a free agent after a trying season in New York, the final year of a four-year, $52 million contract.

Earlier this offseason, Posada acknowledged that his career with the Yankees was over, but said he had offers from several other teams.

Posada’s retirement leaves shortstop Derek Jeter and closer Mariano Rivera as the two remaining players from the core group that led the Yankees to four World Series championships from 1996-2000 and one more in `09. Andy Pettitte retired after the 2010 season.

Only Bill Dickey and Yogi Berra have caught more games in pinstripes than Posada (1,574).

But Posada lost his catching job before the start of last season and struggled early in his new role as the designated hitter. The switch-hitter was batting .165 against left-handers on May 14 when he was dropped to No. 9 in the batting order and asked to be left out of the game against Boston.

He finished batting a career-low .235 with 14 homers and 44 RBIs in 115 games, playing sporadically in September after top prospect Jesus Montero was called up. Posada did have the winning hit against Tampa Bay on Sept. 21, clinching the American League East division for New York.

Posada then hit .429 in the five-game division series loss against Detroit, receiving several long ovations.

For his career Posada hit .273 with 275 home runs and 1,065 RBIs, winning the Silver Slugger Award five times as best hitting catcher in the American League.

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!!!