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Jorge Posada Retirement: Where Does He Rank Among All-Time Yankees Catchers?

Jordan SchwartzSenior Writer IJanuary 7, 2012

Jorge Posada Retirement: Where Does He Rank Among All-Time Yankees Catchers?

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    The New York Yankees have had their share of outstanding catchers over the past century, so where does Jorge Posada rank on that list?

    With the 40-year-old veteran reportedly set to announce his retirement in the next few weeks, let's count down the top 10 backstops in the storied history of this franchise...

10. Rick Cerone

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    Cerone played for the Yankees from 1980-84 and then again in '87 and '90.

    He ranks seventh among catchers in club history with 459 hits and 81 doubles.

    In 1980, Cerone finished seventh in the MVP vote.

9. Mike Stanley

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    In his second year as a Yankee in 1993, Stanley won a Silver Slugger and finished 13th in the MVP vote, and two seasons later, he was an All-Star.

    Overall, Stanley ranks sixth among Bombers catchers in runs, homers and RBI.

8. Ed Sweeney

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    Sweeney was one of the first catchers in Yankees history, playing for the club between 1908-15. He ranks in the top 10 of multiple offensive categories when it comes to New York backstops, including first all time with 62 steals.

7. Jim Leyritz

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    Jim Leyritz hit one of the biggest home runs in Yankees history in Game 4 of the 1996 World Series against the Braves.

    His career .359 on-base percentage with New York is fourth-best in club annals among catchers.

6. Wally Schang

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    Wally Schang caught for the Yanks from 1921-25, finishing in the top 13 of MVP voting twice.

    His .390 on-base percentage is tops among New York catchers, and he ranks second with a .297 batting average.

5. Elston Howard

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    Howard was a 12-time All-Star, six-time World Series champion, two-time Gold Glove Award winner and 1963 MVP, playing for the Yankees from 1955-67.

    He ranks in the top five of nearly all offensive categories among those who played the position in club history, and because of that, his No. 32 is retired.

4. Thurman Munson

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    The only catcher to be named Yankees captain won two World Series, three Gold Gloves, the 1970 Rookie of the Year and the '76 MVP before his tragic death at the age of 32.

    He ranks fourth all time among Bombers backstops in runs, hits, doubles, triples and walks, and no Yankee will ever again wear the No. 15.

3. Jorge Posada

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    No Yankees catcher has ever collected more doubles or walks, and only Bill Dickey and Yogi Berra have more runs, hits and RBI.

    Posada is a four-time World Series champion, five-time All-Star and five-time Silver Slugger winner.

2. Bill Dickey

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    Dickey won eight World Series' while playing his entire career with the Yankees. He was named to 11 All-Star Games and has the best average (.313) and slugging percentage (.486) among all catchers in franchise history.

1. Yogi Berra

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    In 1947, the Yankees replaced a Hall of Fame catcher who wore No. 8 with another Hall of Fame catcher who wore No. 8.

    No player has ever won more World Series (10) or pennants (14) than the three-time MVP and 18-time All-Star.

    Among Yankees catchers, there was no one better. He holds the club marks at the position in runs, hits, homers and RBI.

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