Jorge Posada Retires From Yankees: Jorge Posada, the catcher who was one of the New York Yankees’ “Core Four” as a member of five World Series-winning teams, formally retired on Tuesday after 17 seasons with the club.
A fiery competitor who played through a golden pinstripe period along with Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte, Posada was a powerful switch-hitter and favorite of Yankee Stadium crowds who greeted him with chants of “Hip, Hip, Jorge!” when he came to the plate.
“Ever since I was a little kid all I wanted to do was be a major leaguer,” Posada, 40, told a packed news conference across from the team’s clubhouse at Yankee Stadium.
“I was able to live my dream and play for the best sports team in the world,” he added, calling the Yankees “my family away from home”.
The Puerto Rico native was a five-times All-Star and retires with a .273 career batting average, 1,065 runs batted in and 275 home runs in 1,829 games.
He played in the championship seasons of 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2009, and with World Series runners-up teams in 2001 and 2003. Continue Reading…