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Quick Note: Posada to Retire

January 9, 2012

Today’s Quick Note is about baseball. Jorge Posada, longtime Yankees catcher, is preparing to announce his retirement after seventeen years in Yankees’ pinstripes. “Source: Jorge Posada to retire” on ESPN.com discusses Posada’s career and impending retirement. The post notes: “ESPN The Magazine’s Buster Olney contributed to this report. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.” [these italics are preserved from the post]

This post paints a very personal and moving picture of this great baseball player. Among the quotes that made an impression on me are:

  • “After Posada’s final game last October, he was asked what playing for the Yankees had meant to him — and he broke down in tears, before walking away from reporters.”
  • “Posada probably could have continued his career somewhere as a designated hitter and padded his career numbers of 275 home runs, 1,065 RBIs and 936 walks. But Posada always cherished the privilege and responsibility of being the Yankees catcher.”
  • “He is a borderline Hall of Fame candidate, but his legacy as a Yankee probably means more to him.”

[these and later italics are mine, and are intended to call out quotes from the article]

The post finishes up by telling us: “Swinging with pine tar on his hands, and without batting gloves, he was a five-time All-Star, caught David Wells‘ perfect game in 1998, and played in 125 games in October. He is a borderline Hall of Fame candidate, but his legacy as a Yankee probably means more to him.

This is a well written post and deserves a look.

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