Posada had a rough start to his season when he got upset about being moved to ninth in the batting order. He was upset about the demotion and decided to remove himself from the lineup, later claiming that he had stiffness in his back. Posada later apologized to his teammates and Yankees management for causing problems.
Later in the season, he was benched again as a result of overall poor production.
Although he had his good moments throughout the year, such as hitting his 10th career grand slam and getting a crucial single to give the Yankees the AL East title, he lost his catching position and was moved to designated hitter when Russell Martin turned in strong performances. He finished the year with 14 home runs and 44 RBI with a .235 batting average.
A Yankee his whole career, fans have been wondering all year if Posada will call it quits after the playoffs are over. It seems like the right time to do so, as his contract expires this year and he is not the great player he once was.
But if he goes out, he will still have a safe place in Yankees lore. He is a four-time World Series champion, a five-time MLB All-Star and has five Silver Slugger awards.
Alison Myers is covering the 2011 MLB Playoffs for Bleacher Report and is also an NHL Featured Columnist. You can e-mail her at email@example.com with questions, comments or writing opportunities or request a follow on Twitter .