The Posada Problem

Of course, none of this would be the case for most players. If we were talking about, say, Andruw Jones, he probably would have already been designated for assignment and the Yankees would be calling up someone from Triple-A to help. But it’s not Andruw Jones, it’s Jorge Posada, Yankee Legend, so it appears that he’s basically going to burn a roster spot for awhile, sitting on the bench and not really doing much.That’s what sentimentality buys you in this organization.

Your mileage may vary on this question, but I personally don’t think the Yankees do a very good job of managing these emotionally charged aging legends. It’s not that I have a problem with sentimentality per se, I certainly think there’s a time and a place for it. But that doesn’t extend to the point of being a burden on the team, and the Yankees have not done a good job of balancing those concerns whatsoever for the past 12-14 months. Indeed, from continuing to keep Jeter at the top of the lineup even when he hasn’t been able to hit, to sweetening their contract offer to Jeter for no reason, and now to keeping Posada around to be a glorified mascot, the Yankees have clearly sent the message that these Yankee Legends are bigger than the team, and placating them is more important to whomever is making the decisions than maximizing the team’s on-field performance.

Now I don’t want this to come across like I’m totally dumping on Posada. I don’t necessarily think he needs to be shown the door, and in fact I’d personally be just fine with him going back to playing catcher a bit. But the team seems to have no intention whatsoever of letting him catch, whatever the reasons may be, and if that’s the position they’re going to take, there’s just no reason for Posada to have a roster spot. He’s being allowed to remain on the roster and make a short bench even less flexible because he’s Jorge Posada, and that’s just not a good situation for anyone involved.

If the Yankees are serious about reducing Posada’s at bats after already making him a platoon DH, there are only two logical things to do with the roster today. Either decide Posada is going to be the backup catcher and send Francisco Cervelli back to the minors accordingly, or if you’re not willing to do that, release Posada. It won’t necessarily go over well, but it’s the right thing to do, and everyone will get over it soon enough.

Born in Southwestern Ohio and currently residing on the Chesapeake Bay, Brien is a former editor-in-chief of IIATMS who now spends most of his time sitting on his deck watching his tomatoes ripen and consuming far more MLB Network programming than is safe for one's health or sanity.

About Brien Jackson

Born in Southwestern Ohio and currently residing on the Chesapeake Bay, Brien is a former editor-in-chief of IIATMS who now spends most of his time sitting on his deck watching his tomatoes ripen and consuming far more MLB Network programming than is safe for one's health or sanity.

19 thoughts on “The Posada Problem

  1. In my opinion, the Yankee organization is putting pressure on Posada to retire. And it will probably work.

    Imagine sitting on the bench where all your teammates know you are just holding the team back. And you are just going to sit there for "old time's sake?" Does he want another ring? Assuming the Yankees were to win the WS, what would the benchwarmer have to celebrate? That he did NOT mess up his team's chances any further by taking the field for the last 1/3 of the season or the postseason? Won't that just be the most pathetic celebration ever?

    I like Posada. But, I think his time is up. If Girardi shows Posada (not the press, necessarily) that he has NO intention of playing him, I think he'll leave. The Yankees can still replace him on the roster up until August 31st, right?

  2. With Cervelli seemingly married to Sabathia, I don't see Montero getting a call-up soon, though it is inevitable. If Posada's cut, thanks for the memories, you have a case for the Hall. I imagine they'll keep him on the roster since rosters expand relatively soon unless their Wild Card lead dwindles. I'm afraid what needs to be done won't be done.

  3. I think that is one thing to miss about george, before all the health issues. he pushed players out when he tthought it was time. He made it so the fans didn't have to push the legends out. But he still took care of those guys with special aassistant and advisory roles. He let the fans be nostalgic and sentimental of the players. While he was "the boss"

  4. Boston generally has done a far better job managing transitions. See: Garciaparra, Lowe, and Pedro, just to name 3.

  5. Should the Yankees relase Posada right now? Probably, but the reality is they have a deep, versatile bench, the best run differential in the majors, a 7 game lead in the Wild Card, are basically a lock to make the playoffs.

    Punting one roster spot for the next 23 days isn't going to change any of that.

  6. This situation is not a simple one but for years many people have complained about the way the Yankees have "mistreated" their stars. I rather see the Yankees get rid of Jones and bring up Dickerson, then demote Cervelli and bring up Montero. Finally, I think this may sound silly but don't you think it is possible posada is not catching because Girardi holds a grudge against Posada since Posada replaced him as the Catcher of the yankees in the late 90's.

  7. Would it not be easier to put Posada on the DL, phantom injury to be sure but whatever, and call up someone until the rosters expand? At that point you get your bench spot, keep Posada, and still get to play for the division. Keeping Posada is, to me, conceding the division in a way. It says that his ego is more important than having the best team,

  8. I think the older stars should take a page out of Bobby Murcer's book. He retired to make room for Don Mattingly. If Jorge is holding up the promotion of Jesus, then he has to have the personal dignity to just step down. Eventual, the time comes for us all.

  9. The Yankees are also a brand, and that brand is associated with sentimentality and nostalgia. Why is there no Old Timers Day in Boston? Because their best players were given a kick in the ass on the way out, and had no desire to return (think Rice, Clemens, Pedro, Burks, Garciaparra and Boggs). Jorge can have a roster spot until the playoffs start.

    When Steinbrenner was alive, he fired Bucky Dent in Boston, and fired Yogi after 16 games. Look where that got him.

  10. I know – LATE to the thread. But couldn't help myself – I just came up with a solution to both the "Posada problem" and the "Rivera problem." If CC can have his own catcher, if AJ could have his own the last couple of years – WHY NOT have Posada be Rivera's personal catcher?

    It might work. Rivera has forgotten how to miss bats. I remember Thurmon Munsen, getting Sparky Lyle (or was it Goose – don't remember THAT well) a win when he didn't have "Doodley Squat" – supposedly just by pitch calling guile. Maybe Jorge has enough of that to get Mo a few more critical saves. Worth a shot – what's the worst that could happen? – Another blown save?