I was listening to Joe B. and Sid on WFAN early this afternoon, and they were talking about a Yankees fans right to “boo” guys like A-Rod, when they play poorly. But, they said, the fans should not “boo” Jeter, Mo, Bernie, and Posada – because those guys have built up “equity” with their 4 World Series championships.
You hear something like this from time-to-time. Jeter, Posada, Bernie and Mo are the only ones of the “old guard” left, etc.
What bugs me about this is the inclusion of Posada.
First off, he has three rings, not four like the others. In 1996, Jorge Posada played in 8 games for the Yankees with 14 At Bats. In those appearances, Posada batted .071. If Posada deserved a ring in 1996, then so does Robert Eenhoorn.
Secondly, in 1998, the Yankees catching duties were just about split between Posada and Joe Girardi. In that season, Jorge had 409 Plate Appearances and Joe had 279 Plate Appearances. Basically, Posada was the Yankees catcher about 60% of the time in 1998. So, it’s not like he was Jeter, or Bernie, and was a FT main cog of the team.
So, in some ways, some might say that Posada has 2 1/2 rings. But, most would say three. I’d give him three. But, in no way does he have 4 rings (like Jeter, Bernie and Mo).
As a result, Jorge has not built up as much “equity” as Jeter, Bernie and Mo – if you believe there is such a thing as equity.
Also – and this is just hearsay relayed to me from someone in a position to know – some say that Posada is not well liked in the clubhouse. As the story does, he’s loud and complains a lot. Now, I could counter and say “And this is a bad thing? Wasn’t Munson that way?” But, from what I am told, the other players (for the most part) do not like Jorge and if not for Jeter’s friendship, he would have been sent packing a while ago.
If I recall correctly, Posada is one of the few Yankees without a no-trade clause. And, we know now that Randy Johnson prefers another catcher. Does all this add up to Posada perhaps being traded this year, if the right deal should come along?
The Yankees would then need another catcher – and there’s nothing there on the farm. This is probably working in Posada’s favor – in terms of being able to stick around.