He will end his career just how he started it, with the Yankees.
New York Yankees player, Jorge Posada was drafted in the 24th round of the 1990 draft and made his Yankees debut back in 1995 but it all may come to an end this year. According to reports, he’s planning to hang up his cap and retire following this season.
Although nothing was confirmed, the baseball player reportedly told teammates of his retirement plans that he has made rather than play for another team—He’s reportedly received designated hitter offers from other teams.
WFAN reported the news on Saturday, starting with a tweet from Sweeny Murti, “Jorge Posada will announce his retirement within the next two weeks, per source.”
If the 40-year-old catcher does indeed make an announcement in the next two weeks, he will follow lefty pitcher, Andy Pettitte, who retired in 2010 as the next of the foursome to go. According to ESPN, Posada was among the foursome referred to by many as the “Core Four” Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte that helped the New York team win five World Series championships from 1996 to 2009.
Jeter and Rivera will be the two remaining players.
Reports of his retirement follow a tumultuous past few years for Posada, who lost his catching job before last season and struggled to achieve success as a designated hitter, reported the Associated Press, and was later dropped to No. 9 in the batting order and asked out of the game against Boston.
The catcher will leave with an impressive past with the Yankees. According to the New York Times, the catcher, who’s made five American League All-Star teams, will have brought in 275 homers, 1,065 runs batted in and a .273 batting average over 1,829 games. And he will end his 17-year career as one of the longest Yankee catchers in history with over 1,500 games following Bill Dickey and Yogi Berra.
But will it be enough for the Hall of Fame?