According to Sweeney Murti of WFAN, former New York Yankee catcher Jorge Posada will announce his retirement within the next two weeks. The 40-year-old batted just .235/.315/.398 in 115 games with the Bronx Bombers last season while playing just six innings at catcher, spending the majority of his time at DH with very limited time at first base.
A return to the Yankees had been ruled out very early in the offseason, but a few teams, most notably the Rays, had shown interest in Posada as an option at DH and first base.
Posada finishes his career eighth in Yankees franchise history in home runs; only Yogi Berra has hit more among Yankee catchers. If Murti’s report is accurate, Posada will have played his entire 15+ season career with the Yankees.
Posada is undoubtedly one of the best catchers ever to wear a Yankee uniform, and one of the best offensive catchers of his generation, but in almost exactly five years time, many people will debate whether or not Posada is a Hall of Famer. I don’t believe he should be.
Let’s do a quick fWAR graph comparison between Posada and some Hall of Fame-level catchers, shall we?
As you can see, Posada ranks nowhere near these obvious Hall of Famers in career fWAR at just 47.6 compared to the 81.6 of Johnny Bench, the 73.4 of Pudge Rodriguez, or the 66.7 of Mike Piazza.
So who does he compare with?
None of these players are in the Hall of Fame. Posada keeps good company, but ultimately has a lower career fWAR than Bill Freehan, Brian Downing and Lance Parrish. Posada was a very good baseball player and an integral part of five World Championship teams; his number will one day be retired and hung alongside other Yankee greats, but he is not a Hall of Famer.
Still, an excellent career for a player I always respected despite my innate hatred for all things Yankee.