Jorge Posada said he couldn’t remember the specific day or time when he decided to retire, but it’s clear that moment didn’t happen in the offseason. It was at some point last season that Posada told his wife and told Derek Jeter that he wasn’t coming back.
Maybe his frustration at losing his job behind the plate and his struggle to find consistency with the bat played a role in that decision, but it’s clear that, when the season ended, Posada knew his career had ended as well.
Posada said returning never crossed his mind, not even after Jesus Montero was traded and the Yankees DH spot became open. He said it wouldn’t have mattered if the Yankees had shown interest from the very beginning of the offseason, he was finished.
“I really can’t go back to tell you when and what, but I knew this was it,” Posada said.
On losing his job at catcher: “That’s tough. It’s like being demoted from Day 1. I never got a chance to fight for my job. They told me, you’ve got to do this, and that’s it. That was probably the toughest thing for me.”
On whether his skills eroded: “Hitting right-handed, I felt like something was wrong. For sure, something was wrong with my swing right-handed. I can still hit left-handed, there’s no question about it. I feel like I can. I felt like, toward the end, I wasn’t given a chance to do it to come out of the slump right-handed, but I felt good left-handed all year. Things didn’t happen for me the way I wanted them to, but I don’t think that was the reason for my decision.”
On what’s next: “I don’t know what’s going to happen for me. I really don’t. I know I want to be home, I want to relax, enjoy it, and then see what comes. See what’s going to come. I know ESPN has called. I know MLB (Network) has called. I know the YES Network has called. I don’t see myself on the mic. I don’t know. I really don’t know. I want to take it easy… I want to be home and I want to enjuoy the summer and see what comes my way.”
I’m sure I’ll be blogging a lot about Posada today. For now, here’s his emotional opening statement.
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