Sam Borden, over at SNY.tv, took a recent look at the importance of Jorge Posada. Here’s some highlights -
Posada is the emotional center of the Yankees clubhouse. While Jeter, his best friend on the team, is the captain, even Jeter admits that Posada’s presence is irreplaceable. Posada does not make excuses for poor play, is brutally honest about his teammates (and himself) and has earned universal respect for being so fiercely genuine in a game filled with phonies. He is not afraid to call out a player or, as was the case with Orlando Hernandez, even get into the occasional fight.
Since 2004, Posada’s numbers while batting as a catcher are: .290 batting average, .390 on-base percentage, .490 slugging percentage and 23.3 at-bats per homer. During that same time period, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, the numbers from all other catchers the Yankees have used are: .214/.259/.324/56.9. The average production every other team in the league has as gotten from its catcher position during those seasons: .259/.322/.399/37.0.
In a clubhouse filled with superstars, it isn’t CC or A-Rod or Jeter who is the most important. It is the player who does a little bit of everything. It is Posada.
Personally, I think you could debate Posada’s contributions as a defensive player. I’m not sure he’s the best game-caller out there. And, I know that he’s not super in catching the ball. However, there’s no question, in my mind, that Posada’s offense and contribution in the clubhouse is huge – and the Yankees truly missed both of these things last season.
It will be nice to have ‘Sado around for a full-season this year – sound and contributing.