Wednesday 10th February 2016,

What’s a Jorge Posada?

May 15, 2011 – Matt De Lima

This weekend’s “big” news is all about how New York Yankees designated hitter Jorge Posada decided to take himself out of the lineup due to back stiffness. Right, sure he did.

Could it actually be that he’s too old and can’t hit anymore? The guy is months away from his 40th birthday and he’s hitting .165 this season with 30 Ks in 109 at-bats. To make matters worse, he only has 11 hits in the last month.

I understand that Posada has done a lot for the Yankees but are they just giving out paychecks now? Cut this bum loose and save everybody the trouble. It’s one thing to be a 40-year-old, but he’s been a catcher for 16 years. The wear-and-tear has obviously set in. This is yet another classic example of the Yankees clinging to old talent far past its prime. For every Mariano Rivera, there’s a Posada tarnishing his legacy by clinging to a career that should have ended in 2009.

To make matters worse, behind him on the depth chart is former great Andruw Jones. It’s as though the Yankees purposely seek out washed up guys to overpay. There are at least 500 guys in the majors and minors I’d rather have over Jones and Posada right now at a fraction of the cost. Posada, Jones, Rivera and Bartolo Colon should start their own “Golden Girls” reboot. The premiere episode can feature Rickey Henderson, I’m sure he’d love to come off the bench.



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