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Filling Posada’s place in the clubhouse (literally)

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jan 28, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

In the back of the Yankees clubhouse, there is a large doorway that leads into the training room and the dining room and the weight room. That doorway is flanked by two of the most prominent lockers in the room. Derek Jeter’s locker is on one side. Jorge Posada’s was on the other.

So who take’s Posada’s spot?

“We were just talking about that before,” Jeter said. “I’ve got to check out the resumes and see how it all works.”

I have to assume these candidates are being considered

Mariano Rivera
An obvious choice, but Rivera already has a pretty good locker location. He’s on the far left side of the clubhouse, and he might want to stick with the spot he’s used to. Also, Rivera might not like the prominent locker at the head of the clubhouse. In theory, no one makes more sense than Rivera, but would he be interested?

Alex Rodriguez
Kind of a conflicted possibility, isn’t it? On one hand, Rodriguez and Jeter are clearly the highest-profile players on the team. On the other hand, is Rodriguez really going to step into Posada’s locker? He wouldn’t have to move far. Rodriguez is currently only a locker or two away from Posada’s spot.

CC Sabathia
There’s a lot to like about this one. Sabathia has definitely emerged as a leader in the clubhouse, and he just signed an extension that assures he’ll be a clubhouse presence for a long time. Might as well put him in a position of prominence in the clubhouse. He’s also easy going with the media, so the high-profile spot wouldn’t bother him.

Robinson Cano
He’s too young for the Core Four, but if you’re looking for a homegrown superstar, it has to be Cano. There’s a natural connection between the second baseman and the shortstop. It doesn’t hurt that Cano has emerged as the best player on the team. Might as well treat him that way.

Mark Teixeira
The way the clubhouse is setup right now, Teixeira is arguably the biggest name among a set of lockers that includes key but not necessarily high-profile players like Dave Robertson, Russell Martin, Nick Swisher and Brett Gardner. Like Sabathia, Teixeira’s contract means he’s going to be a significant presence in that clubhouse for a long time.

Andruw Jones
Too hefty of a decision to make right now? Then think of it like the Hiroki Kuroda contract: Go with a short-term deal that leaves all future options on the table. Jones is a veteran with an impressive resume, and he’s already tight with Jeter. If no one else feels quite right in Posada’s spot, then make a short-term choice to fill the hole while waiting for a permanent option to present itself.





20 Responses to “Filling Posada’s place in the clubhouse (literally)”

  1. GreenBeret7 January 28th, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    I say that they let the locker cool off for a bit. Heaven forbid that fans find out and take it out on the poor sucker who moves in. It would be #21 all over again.

  2. exiledintampa January 28th, 2012 at 6:13 pm


    Info on Concepcion

  3. RMS January 28th, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    Locker got to go to Mo.

  4. GreenBeret7 January 28th, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    Let Montero take over the locker….ooops. Sorry Rich and Pruf.

  5. exiledintampa January 28th, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    Give it to Jeter. He can keep gift baskets in that one.

  6. randy l. January 28th, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    actually cashman traded the locker to seattle for a pod to be named later.

  7. exiledintampa January 28th, 2012 at 7:02 pm


  8. m January 28th, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    I think Mo would decline.

  9. kd January 28th, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    give it to cano. he’s the best player on the team. he needs to be come a quiet leader

  10. Rich in NJ January 28th, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    They will probably acquire like 5 DHs over the course of the season, so it can be the rotating locker.

  11. Benny Blanco January 28th, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    Heyman just tweeted that he’s hearing Hughes, Nunez and banuelos to Atlanta for Hayward?? Please confirm!!!!!

  12. kd January 28th, 2012 at 8:47 pm


    is there an ‘h’ in john?

    jon heyman’s name has no h. some dude signed up for johnheyman and teets garbage.

  13. exiledintampa January 28th, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    I’m looking at all his tweets for the last 24 hours and I don’t see that.

  14. Benny Blanco January 28th, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    Okay. Thanks for the info. Probably a

  15. exiledintampa January 28th, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    I think you’re right KD. It’s gotta be a fake.

  16. muwarriorsfan January 28th, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    How can CC be considered a leader when he chokes in the playoffs and chokes vs the main rival in the Red Sox?

  17. exiledintampa January 28th, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    Choke on this troll.

  18. kd January 28th, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    that post kinda scared me

    new post –>

  19. GreenBeret7 January 28th, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    You can always tell when the Red Sox are in trouble and screwing up. Their trolls start swarming. Pitching is thin abd in disarray and the left fielder has a bum wrist and they have a quilt work in right field.

  20. GreenBeret7 January 28th, 2012 at 9:12 pm

    Will Boston get a shortstop or will they just let Youkilis and Pedroia just split the duties whrn there’s not much happening at 2nd or 3rd?

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