For all you Yankee fans out there, and me being one of them, we will miss Jorge Posada. After 17 seasons the 5 time All-Star and 5 time World Series Champion retires. Posada was born August 17, 1971 in Santurce, Puerto Rico. He played his high school ball at Alejandrino High School in San Juan, where he played shortstop. Yes, you read that correctly, I did say shortstop. Following high school he played at Calhoun Community College in Alabama, and graduated with an Associate’s Degree in 1991. Fifteen years later his number 6 was retired at Calhoun.
Posada was drafted in the 24th round by the Yankees in 1990 as an infielder. He became a catcher after just playing one year as a second baseman in A ball. Which is a little humorous considering the play he made last year at second base against the Oakland A’s, when Nick Swisher had to scoop the short throw out of the dirt. In 1995, Posada made his Major League debut. Late in the 1996 season he was called up and made his first start in late September, but was not added to the postseason roster. Jorge will go down as one of the top offensive catchers of all-time and in my eyes will end up being a Hall of Famer.
Posada helped the New York Yankees to 5 World Series titles. He was also part of the “Core Four,” who also included Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, and Andy Pettitte. Those four Yankees were all a big part in the 3 titles from 1998 to 2000 and the one in 2009. As Posada came closer to the end of his career he saw less and less playing time at catcher. Finally, in 2011 he became the full time designated hitter, where he started the season in a slump. Throughout the entire season his hitting was up and down. He would get hot for a few games and find himself back in a slump shortly after. It was almost like he didn’t feel comfortable at the plate until the postseason. He had a .429 average in 14 at-bats during the 2011 ALDS. Jorgie has been one of my favorite players for the Yankees. I grew up a Yankee fan, I was born into being a Yankee fan. There isn’t one person in my entire family who isn’t a fan of the Yankees, and I have a very large family. Baseball was also my favorite sport, to watch and play. I was 7 years old when the Yankees won the World Series in 1996. Even though Jorge wasn’t on that postseason roster I remember him helping the Yanks win the other four that I have been alive for. It is going to be weird not seeing him in the dugout or at the plate this year, because he is such a familiar face. For true Yankee fans of my generation, Jorge had to be a favorite, because he was a true Yankee. He was brought up through the minors wearing pinstripes and retired pinstripes.
When Posada finally announced his retirement earlier today it was saddening. Jorge Posada has dedicated 21 years of his life to the New York Yankees organization and he will never be forgotten. Not only will Yankee fans always remember him but fans of Major League Baseball as well, and if you aren’t a Yankee fan you can still respect Posada just by the way he played the game. And I’m sure that sometime in the near future you will see the 5 time World Series Champion’s number 20 in Monument Park.