Although he initially announced that he will pursue opportunities with other teams, Jorge Posada plans to retire, says the Associated Press. The baseball player spent the last 17 seasons with the New York Yankees during which he had remarkable results. The final decision will be communicated this month, an insider declared on Saturday.
The news hasn’t been confirmed by the player or by the Yankees. Given these circumstances the sources wish to remain anonymous until the Posada will publicly announce his intentions to retire. The sports radio station WFAN was the first to mention Posada’s plans to retire, but no other sports analysts have commented upon the news.
The 40-year-old player was chosen by the New York Yankees in the 24th round of the 1990 draft. Since then, he has won five World Series titles and he became a free agent after a trying season with New York in the final year of a four-year, $52 million contract. He told the press earlier this season that his career with the Yankees was over, but not his entire career as a baseball player. On the contrary, he made it clear back then that he has numerous offers from other teams and he plans to accept one of them. We do not know what made Posada change his mind, but now he is determined to retire.
The team is very saddened by Posada’s retirement; especially since he helped the Yankees win four World Series championships between 1996 and 2000. 2009 was a good year for the Yankees because they managed to win another championship. Shortstop Derek Jeter and closer Mariano Rivera are the two remaining players from Posada’s generation. There was also Andy Pettitte, but he retired after 2010.
Posada has had various games in pinstripes. According to sports analysts, he played in 1,574 games in pinstripes. He was only exceeded by Bill Dickey and Yogi Berra in his entire career.
In 2011, he had played in 115 games scoring a career-low of .235 with 14 homers and 44 RBIs. During the five-game Division Series loss to Detroit he registered .429.