New York Yankees: Jorge Posada to Retire, Is He a Hall of Famer?

Josh BurtonContributor IIIJanuary 8, 2012

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 06:  Jorge Posada #20 of the New York Yankees bats against the Detroit Tigers during Game Five of the American League Championship Series at Yankee Stadium on October 6, 2011 in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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According to WFAN's Sweeny Murti, longtime New York Yankees catcher Jorge Posada will announce his long-rumored retirement within the next two weeks.

Posada essentially lost his starting job to newcomer backstop Russell Martin last season and only played a few games behind the plate while making most of his at-bats as a designated hitter.

What Jorge leaves behind is an extremely successful career, and one which started as a 24th-round draft pick by the Yankees. Posada truly had the odds against him in his eventual journey to be a World Series-winning catcher, as he even started as a second baseman before switching to catcher in the minor leagues.

Many players who are drafted that low and switch positions in the minors like Posada don't achieve much in terms of success in the majors. Jorge was definitely the exception.

A five-time AL All-Star and four-time World Series champion, Posada found major success throughout his career with the Yankees and it truly begs the question posed about many players of his talent and success level: Is he a Hall-of-Famer?

In my honest opinion, yes he is. No catcher in recent memory has accumulated the statistics, won the championships or even made the All-Star team as well as Posada has in his career.

Among all catchers to ever play in the MLB, Posada has the seventh-most doubles, eighth-most home runs, 12th-most RBIs, third-most walks, sixth-highest on-base percentage and eighth-highest slugging percentage—among a bunch of other offensive statistics.

Posada's amazing offensive exploits throughout his career put him in the neighborhood of other Hall-of-Fame catchers like Johnny Bench, Carlton Fisk and Gary Carter.

Of course, the previous statistics don't account for how clutch Posada has been for the Yankees in the multiple postseasons he has been a part of and the three World Series he has won while in pinstripes.

In addition to his many offensive exploits, Posada has been known around the league as one of the best pitcher-managers in the MLB. No catcher wins three World Series like Posada did unless they work well with the pitchers on their staff.

The evidence is clear, the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA for short)—the organization that chooses who makes the Hall-of-Fame—should definitely elect Jorge Posada to be enshrined in Cooperstown, and he has had the career to deserve it.