Calling his time as a Yankee “priceless”, Jorge Posada retired from baseball on Tuesday, after 17 seasons, all in Yankee pinstripes.
With the Yankees not showing any interest in re-signing the 40 year old decided that enough is enough. He said that he did not want to play in another team’s uniform.
“I knew in my heart and I knew in my head I didn’t want to play anymore,” Posada said.
Posada cried when mentioning his teammates. To good friend Derek Jeter he said, “Hopefully, you won’t miss me that much,”. Jeter was in attendance, as was pitcher C.C. Sabathia, closer Mariano Rivera, and Yankees owner Hal Steinbrunner.
In 1829 games that Posada played, Posada hit 275 home runs, as well as 1065 RBI. He helped the Yankees to World Series championships in 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2009. Posada was a 5 time Silver Slugger and is the first catcher since Johhny Bench to play 17 seasons for the same team, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
In his final season in the big leagues, Posada played only one game at catcher, spending most of his time as the DH. He hit .235 with 14 homers and 44 RBI’s. He hit .429 in the ALDS loss to Detroit.