January 8, 2012

Jorge Posada to Announce Retirement

By - Kris Fletcher

According to multiple sources, longtime New York Yankees catcher Jorge Posada will announce his retirement in the next couple of weeks.

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Posada has played his entire seventeen-year major league career with the Yankees. This past season, he hit .235 with 14 home runs and 44 RBIs in 115 games.

Following New York's ALDS loss to the Detroit Tigers last year, Posada was asked if he thought he had played his final game in pinstripes:

"I don't want to look at it like that," he said. "We lost, and we'll see what happens in the offseason."

The five-time All-Star was a 24th-round pick by the Yankees in 1990. He has a .273 career average with 275 homers and 1,065 RBIs. He started on four World Series winning teams (1998-2000, 2009) and saw limited action for the 1996 championship club.

So, is Posada headed to Cooperstown? I would say yes. He was very productive offensively for a catcher, and pretty solid behind the plate as well.

The most telling stat in Posada's favor is this: Johnny Bench, Carlton Fisk and Gary Carter all have lower career averages than he has, and all three are in the Hall of Fame.

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