I was saddened, but not surprised, at Jorge Posada’s retirement from MLB.
The all-star catcher spent his entire career with the New York Yankees, my favorite team of all sports. My loyalty is due in part to growing up relatively close to Yankee Stadium. My years as a fan have spanned from the tail end of Yogi Berra’s career to Posada’s….and will continue.
He will always be a favorite among the Yankee Nation, but will he eventually end up in the Hall of Fame?
A Yankee fan site has expressed some doubt, but I disagree.
His career stats fall comfortably within those posted by other Hall of Fame catchers. There is no doubt he was a key component in the Yankee’s core quintet – which included Jeter, Rivera, Williams and Pettite – that produced a string of World Series Championships in the late nineties.
In an era that produced scandals regarding the use of performance enhancement drugs, Posada was a model exception.
I hope I can write a post about his entry in the Hall of Fame in five years.
I also hope Rivera sticks it out for at least another ten years.