Jorge Posada Retirement 2011

January 8, 2012 by staff 

Jorge Posada Retirement 2011Jorge Posada Retirement 2011, Jorge Posada is planning to retire after 17 seasons with the New York Yankees, rather than pursue opportunities with other teams. A person familiar with the decision said 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 been made public. Posada’s plans were first reported by sports radio station WFAN.

Posada, 40, won five World Series titles with the Yankees, the team that chose him in the 24th round of the 1990 draft. He became a free agent after a trying season with New York in 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 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 2010.

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

He hit a career-low .235 with 14 homers and 44 RBIs in 115 games in 2011 but hit .429 in the five-game Division Series loss to Detroit.

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