Eye of the Hurricane

March 10, 2011

The 3 Roles of Posada

Filed under: Uncategorized — jaclynglm @ 8:08 pm

Jorge Posada, who’s been the New York Yankees starting catcher for over a decade, continued his preseason practice of First Baseman today in a 7-0 loss to the Phillies.  Though he looked comfortable in the position, he’s commented that he was far from it. 

Posada, who is almost 40, has switched positioning  to DH due to the normal wear and tear that one faces as a catcher.  This is not to say that Posada will not continue on as the Yankees catcher once the 2011 season begins but not starting.  Joe Girardi has given Russell Martin the title of New York Yankees starting catcher.  Gaining experience at first base will help Posada should he need to fill in if either Max Teixeira or Nick Swisher suffer from an injury. 

The question is, “How will this switch affect the team for the 2011 season?”

I think the obvious answer is that it’s always a positive transition to move out an older player for someone younger and in their prime.  Posada has commented that he still feels like he can catch everyday, even with turning 40 around the corner so it will be interesting to see how Martin compares.


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