January 7, 2012
Report: Posada to call it a career
By Sports Network
NEW YORK - Veteran catcher Jorge Posada is reportedly set to call it a career.
According to WFAN-AM and the New York Daily News, Posada will make an official announcement in the next few weeks.
Posada spent each of his 17 seasons with the New York Yankees, who were not interested in re-signing one of the cogs that helped the franchise to its most recent run of five World Series championships since 1996.
The 40-year-old native of Puerto Rico made his big league debut with New York in 1995 and became a regular part of the lineup in 1998 when the Yankees won the first of three straight World Series titles. He was also the catcher for New York's 2009 championship.
However, Posada was relegated to designated hitter duties in 2011 and struggled in that role. He hit just .235 with 14 homers and 44 runs batted in.
In May, Posada asked out of the lineup before a game against the Boston Red Sox when manager Joe Girardi dropped him to ninth in the batting order. He apologized the next day.
Posada was a five-time All-Star during his career, in which he batted .273 with 275 homers and 1,065 runs batted in.