New York Yankees: Will Jorge Posada Survive the 2011 Season as a Yankee?
Jorge Posada Has Struggled Recently for the New York Yankees
Derek Jeter, Jorge Posada and Mariano Rivera are the faces of the franchise. Will that be enough to keep Posada on the roster despite conflicts with management and poor performance?
Posada is hitting .173 so far this season. Although he has hit six home runs, he is not hitting at opportune moments with only 17 RBI.
He is also not really a catcher anymore and if he can't add value to the team as a hitter, he can't add value to the team at all. He is now splitting time with Andruw Jones as DH. Teams like the Yankees can't afford to waste roster spots out of respect.
Posada already refused to play once this season because—get this—they dared to bat him ninth in the lineup. Derek Jeter came out behind his teammate and supported Posada, but eventually even legends get old.
Shaq's departure with the Celtics, Favre's demise with the Jets and Vikings, Jordan with the Wizards even heroes wear out their welcome. The difference with Posada is he is no longer good, not even a little. The other players at least had value when they were scuffling along the end of their careers.
Not Posada. It is unlikely he will end the season a Yankee. Maybe he'll retire, maybe he'll be designated for assignment, maybe he'll be traded (although I doubt that last one unless he requests it).
Regardless, Posada's contributions won't be forgotten. His recent foils will.
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