Jorge Posada clearly doesn’t like the idea of playing for another team, so why would he come back for another season? There might be a few reasons.
To chase down milestones
In theory, this might be in play. In reality, Posada doesn’t have much left to accomplish. He’s already one of the game’s great offensive catchers, and reaching significant milestones — especially 300 home runs — would take more than a single season.
“That’s a couple of years,” Posada said. “It’s not like I’m six or seven away… Individually, I don’t set out to accomplish. It’s more about the team. When you sit and you look at the numbers, there’s nothing out there. I would love to get 300. It’s not going to happen (because) 2008 really killed me. It hurt me because I was hurt. Four hundred doubles, I’m close, but it’s just a couple of years away.”
To be a winner again
Posada’s never played for a bad team. He’s a competitive man who’s always been in a competitive situation, and like his wife said last night, it might not be easy to wake up some random July morning without a game to play. The trick might be finding a winning team that has a spot for him.
“It would be a lot easier,” Posada said. “When you’re playing for winning (and) winning all the time, and go to a team (that’s not in contention), that would be tough. That would be really tough.”
To play again
This seems to be the big one. Posada’s a baseball player. Before he was a catcher and before he was a Yankee, he was a baseball player, and it would be hard to give that up. Posada said last night that he’d like to stay around the game, but he has to decide for certain whether he’s finished playing.
“First you’ve got to see which team you want to play for,” he said. “And then, if I have to backup, be a backup catcher, I can do that. I can play a little first. I can come off the bench. It’s just one of those things.”
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