I only covered a little more than two seasons of Jorge Posada’s career. I saw him win his last World Series in 2009, I saw his numbers decline sharply in 2010 and I saw him become little more than a platoon role player in 2011.
Needless to say, I did not get the full Posada experience. I got to see his fiery personality in the clubhouse, I heard him talk often about the young catchers who were going to one day take his job, I saw him step off the bench to unexpectedly catch one last time in Anaheim and I watched him start to hit again in his final playoff series.
But if you’re looking for career perspective, I might not be the best source.
If you haven’t already, read Buster Olney’s take on Posada’s retirement, full of stories from Posada’s finest years with the Yankees.
Check out Bill Madden’s column, making the case that Posada has helped his Hall of Fame chances by staying with one team throughout his career.
Head to the New York Times for a slideshow of Posada’s career in pictures.
The WFAN website has audio of Sweeny Murti, who broke the Posada retirement story, talking on the radio about Posada’s decision and career.
When the retirement becomes official and Posada finally speaks, there will be much more written about his career and his place in baseball history. For now, we know the decision, we know this is the end, and we know Posada’s career more or less speaks for itself.
Associated Press photo