One of the best catchers of all-time has decided it is time to retire.
On the weekend, New York Yankees’ catcher Jorge Posada decided it was time to hang up the cleats at the age of 40.
Posada won four World Series with the Yankees in 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2009. In 2003, he had his finest season, hitting .281 with 30 home runs and 101 runs batted in. He became only the second Yankees catcher (Yogi Berra is the other) to hit 30 home runs in a season. That year he was an all-star, silver slugger and was third in the American League Most Valuable Player voting, where he lost out to his future teammate Alex Rodriguez, who at the time was playing for the Texas Rangers.
Posada was a very productive bat throughout his career for the Yankees at a position where emphasis is placed more on solid defense than offense. He was an asset in the Yankees lineup because he was a switch hitter, a rarity for a catcher. In his career, he had a solid .273 batting average, .374 on base percentage and .474 slugging percentage.