Jorge Posada’s HOF Case

Since Jorge Posada‘s retirement after a distinguished 17-year career, a consensus has emerged on his Hall of Fame case.  Most people will probably place Posada in the “Hall of Very Good” with other Yankee legends such as Don Mattingly and Bernie Williams (presumably), and as a small hall supporter in general, I understand this viewpoint.

The anti-Hall case for Posada was articulated in a recent article on Fangraphs by Marc Klaasen.  Klaasen argued that Posada’s career fWAR of 47.6 is well below the standard set by Andrew Dawson, a “baseline” hall-of-famer, who had a career WAR of 62.3.  Klaasen also looks at 2 all-time great catchers, Ivan Rodriguez and Mike Piazza, and determines that they are able to reach the “Dawson standard”, and as such, Posada is not hall-worthy.  From this, he determines that WAR does not necessarily treat catchers unfairly in the same way that it does relievers (by not adequately accounting for leverage). In my opinion, however, the article takes an overly simplistic look at Hall-worthiness, by setting an arbitrary cutoff for accumulated career WAR as the main criterion.… Click here to read the rest

Jorge Posada as a prospect

The recent retirement of Jorge Posada after a phenomenal 17-year career has led to many heartfelt tributes and retrospectives, analyzing what he has meant to the Yankees throughout his tenure.  Yesterday, John Sickels over at Minor League Ball took a look at Posada’s progression through the minors, and how scouts and prospect evaluators looked at him.  It’s a great read that is definitely worth checking out.

Jorge’s minor league trajectory was unusual because he was not considered a top prospect at any point in his minor league career.  He was drafted in the 24th round out of high school in Puerto Rico, but ultimately signed as a draft-and-follow (in the pre-signing deadline era) after playing community college.  He was drafted as a shortstop and spend the first season of his minor league career playing 2nd base.  The next year, the Yankees decided to move him to catcher.  The transition was rough, but he showed some promise at the position, and showed solid offensive production.… Click here to read the rest

A retired number measuring stick

Yesterday, all of our rooms got a little dusty between 11 AM and noon as Jorge Posada announced his retirement from Major League Baseball. There is no doubt that Posada was a great Yankee. He gave us so many incredible memories and I cannot wait for the day when Jorge is brought back to Yankee Stadium and given the honor of a plaque in Monument Park. As I was driving to lunch, my iPod died (as it usually does) so I flipped on sports radio (yes it sucks, but it’s better than FM) and Joe Beningo and Evan Roberts were talking about the possibility of the retirement of Posada’s number. They alluded to the fact that Bruce Bowen, he of the defensive prowess, is getting his number retired by the San Antonio Spurs; both hosts found that a little ridiculous and had a quick discussion of the standards for number retirement. Part of this is obviously an emotional discussion, but the empirical side of me had a thought.… Click here to read the rest

Jorge Appreciation

Selfishly, I guess I could say I’m glad that Jorge Posada is retiring. It’s too bad to see a favorite player go, but I’m glad that we’ll never have to watch him play for another team. All of the memories we have of him will stay “pure,” in a way, because he’ll never wear anything but the pinstripes or the road grays.

There were times when Posada was frustrating, mostly on defense, but we loved him nonetheless. He wore his baseball heart on his jersey sleeve each and every game and while at times it looked like he was taking baseball a bit too seriously, those times were merely a reflection of his remarkable passion for the game.

Looking back at Posada, we see a player who ended his career with a .273/.374/.474/.848 line, an OPS+ of 121. His wOBA was .366 and his wRC+ 122. He topped a .360 wOBA seven times in his career, twice cracking the .400+ mark (.417 in 2007; .404 in 2000).… Click here to read the rest

Jorge Posada to Retire

According to Sweeney Murti on Twitter, Jorge Posada is not going to try to continue his career outside of New York, and will retire after a long an arguably Hall of Fame caliber career.

I’m 24 years old. I became a die-hard baseball fan during the 1998 season,when Jorge Posada received his first real playing time. This means that I quite literally can’t remember a Yankee team without Jorge Posada on the roster. He stuck with his one true team for the entire career, and was productive almost up until the end. He was perennial underrated, receiving MVP votes in only 2007 and 2003, despite being one of the best offensive catchers ever.

I don’t know about all of you, but I’m already anxiously waiting for the Jeter/Posada/Williams/Pettitte/Rivera jersey retirement ceremony. I can’t think of any professional sports franchise that has ever had that kind of event, where such a large group of home grown team legends can be honored at once.… Click here to read the rest

The Yankees and Pitching Prospects

Before I get into this, my first post at The Yankee Analysts, I’d like to thank everyone here for giving me this opportunity and for welcoming me so fully to the team. I have accepted this position knowing that TYA is not only among the best Yankees blogs on the internet, but among the best team centered blogs in all of baseball, and I hope I have something worthwhile to contribute.

I thought I’d introduce myself to the readers by exploring a phenomena I’ve been considering for quite some time now. Given plethora of young arms in the system – Manny Banuelos, Dellin Betances, Hector Noesi, David Phelps, and Adam Warren – ostensibly close to their shot with the big league club, it’s worth noting how little success the organization has had developing starting pitchers during Brian Cashman’s tenure as general manager. In fact, since Cashman took over before the 1998 season, his system has succeeded in developing exactly one front of the rotation starter.… Click here to read the rest

Post DH All-Yankee Lineup

Though I didn’t watch the show, it did get me thinking. All three of the outfielders mentioned in that article, Reggie Jackson; Bernie Williams; and Paul O’Neill, are some of the finest the Yankees have had in the post DH era. Back when this blog was still (partially) The Yankee U, I ran the run scoring projections of an all time Yankee team that included the likes of Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and what not. To limit the ridiculousness (even the worst configuration of that lineup would break the run scoring record), I decided to go to the post-DH era Yankees and see what I could come up with. The rules: You had to play for the Yankees for at least five years to qualify for this “honor.” The lineup I came up with was:

1. Derek Jeter, SS
2. Bernie Williams, CF
3. Alex Rodriguez, 3B
4. Reggie Jackson, DH
5. Robinson Cano, 2B
6.… Click here to read the rest

Why Jorge Posada may not be finished

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As Marc Carig reported on Wednesday, Jorge Posada’s days in pinstripes are likely numbered, a fact that the longtime Yankee seems well aware of.  Many Yankee fans feel similarly, due to Posada’s subpar 2011 season (89 WRC+, -0.4 WAR) and the emergence of superprospect Jesus Montero as his likely replacement in the DH/emergency catcher role.  Since Posada seems finished in New York (at least on this side of town), many fans are hoping that he will call it quits, ending a distinguished 17-year career entirely in the uniform of one organization.  I share some nostalgic hope that Jorge will be a career Yankee, but am conflicted about the idea of Posada hanging up his spikes after an awful 2011.

As we know very well, Jorge is a proud man who may very well want to go out on his terms.  Posada’s performance at the end of the season and in the playoffs did not seem like a triumphant last hurrah to cap off a distinguished career, but rather, a signal to potential employers (the Yankees included) that  he still has something left in the tank.  … Click here to read the rest

Cashman Notes Commentary

Last night, MLBTR posted some stuff courtesy of Maric Carig. I’ll offer my commentary:

The Yankees were aware that Jonathan Sanchez was on the trade block, but Cashman said the team did not have discussions about acquiring him. The Giants traded Sanchez to the Royals for former Yankee Melky Cabrera earlier this week.

I always had a soft spot for Sanchez, but the fact that the Yankees didn’t go out and grab him isn’t upsetting or surprising. That walk rate is scary and his GB% isn’t high enough for me to be comfortable with him making an NLW-to-ALE transition.

Clubs have already inquired about the Yankees’ young catchers, such as Jesus Montero, Austin Romine, and Francisco Cervelli. “I’ve had a lot of teams express ‘Hey, if you’re ever going to do something there, mark us down,’ that type of things,” said Cashman.

This is great no matter what. What do I mean no matter what? Well, if it’s true, it means that teams are interested in some of the Yankees’ young players and maybe the Yankees can turn them into something more helpful.… Click here to read the rest