MLB Playoffs: Jorge Posada Proves He Should Not Be on New York Yankees Roster

Perry ArnoldSenior Analyst IOctober 2, 2011

Jorge Posada's Brain Freeze in Game 1 of ALDS
Jorge Posada's Brain Freeze in Game 1 of ALDSChris Trotman/Getty Images

In last night’s conclusion to Game 1 of the American League Division Series, Jorge Posada proved why he should not be on the New York Yankees roster for the playoffs.

The 40-year-old former catcher got a hit off Doug Fister as the lead off hitter in the bottom of the second inning after a 23-hour rain delay.

When Russell Martin lined a ball into the left center field gap, Posada lumbered to third. That is when he began to prove why he should be watching the game instead of playing in it. 

There were no outs. Brett Gardner was the next hitter, and slapped a two-hopper to Tigers third baseman Brandon Inge. In that situation, some base runners would have been running with contact.

But not a dead-legged 40-year-old. Not a former great player who now cannot keep his head in the game long enough to avoid mistakes 10-year-olds know not to make on Little League diamonds.

Posada did not break with contact. He had taken a normal lead and then as Inge fielded the ball, Posada moved so far off the bag that he was caught in no-man’s land, farther from the base than the third baseman.

Posada froze, did not even stay in a rundown long enough to allow Martin and Gardner to advance and meekly allowed himself to be tagged out about midway between nowhere and Never Never Land.

Posada struck out twice later in the game and looked very bad doing so.

Jorge Posada had 344 at-bats in 2011. He struck out 76 times or far more than once every five times at bat.

Posada had only 81 hits and drove in only 44 runs while playing in 115 games. 

His batting average for the regular season was .235 and his on-base percentage was .315.

This was as DH.

He was demoted during the regular season, dropped in the order and finally told he would no longer hit against southpaws.

Yet somehow, apparently out of emotional attachment based on past glory days, Posada was put on the ALDS roster.

Almost any rational analyst would have known that Austin Romine was a better back up catcher and Jesus Montero was the obvious choice as DH.

By contrast the rookie Montero, called up when rosters expanded on September 1, hit .328 with an OBP of .406 in the 18 games he played for the Yankees, most as DH.

Montero hit lefties and right-handers with impunity. It made no difference who was pitching.

But before the ALDS began, the Yankee brass announced that Posada was the DH for the entire ALDS.

That decision must be rethought now, considering that Posada has proved he should not be on the roster, much less actually play in the games.