• Posada Throws Fit Over Batting 9th & Removes Himself From Line-up

    Posted by on May 14th, 2011 · Comments (21)

    GM Brian Cashman revealed that Jorge Posada removed himself from the Yankees’ lineup Saturday night. Posada told manager Joe Girardi he was “insulted” about hitting ninth and “threw a hissy fit,” according to Jack Curry of YES Network.

    Oh, Jorgie…

    Comments on Posada Throws Fit Over Batting 9th & Removes Himself From Line-up

    1. Raf
      May 14th, 2011 | 7:50 pm

      This is bizarre.

    2. 77yankees
      May 14th, 2011 | 7:53 pm

      Not surprising – Jorge has always been hot tempered and well, not the brightest bulb in the lamp shop.

      This isn’t without precedent though. Reggie Jackson asked out of the lineup with the flu when Bob Lemon tried to bat him 8th in August of 1978.

    3. ken
      May 14th, 2011 | 8:27 pm

      Posada is not the problem right now. The team stopped hitting a couple of weeks ago. There are more important reasons for this than Jorge.

    4. Raf
      May 14th, 2011 | 8:38 pm

      @ ken:
      We’re getting mixed messages, from player, management and Posada’s wife, it’s a problem right now that needs to be nipped in the bud.

    5. MJ Recanati
      May 14th, 2011 | 10:26 pm

      The problem can be solved with three simple letters: D, F, A.

      Posada is no longer an asset to the team. It’s cold and ruthless but there are bigger things at stake than ending this marriage well. Don’t let the door hit your red ass on the way out, George.

    6. 77yankees
      May 14th, 2011 | 10:38 pm

      MJ Recanati wrote:

      The problem can be solved with three simple letters: D, F, A.
      Posada is no longer an asset to the team. It’s cold and ruthless but there are bigger things at stake than ending this marriage well. Don’t let the door hit your red ass on the way out, George.

      Crude but true. The White Sox let Carlton Fisk set the all time games caught record back in 1993, then cut him the next day. It happens. I’m pretty sure there won’t be picket lines outside of Yankee Stadium if it happened.

      With nobody in the lineup hitting consistently except for Granderson, it’s time for a shot in the arm, and that calls for Montero to be called up and DH 5 days a week.

    7. #15
      May 14th, 2011 | 10:56 pm

      Jorge lost some of his luster with this move.

      “What do need from me today Skip?” ought to be the only words out of every ballplayers mouth.

      He dto be think about his place in the organization over the the next 20 years and not just the next 20. Bad move if he sat himself because he felt disrespected.

    8. Raf
      May 14th, 2011 | 11:39 pm

      I think things will eventually smooth over.

    9. redbug
      May 15th, 2011 | 4:54 am

      According to Posada and Girardi there was no “hissy fit” or comment that he felt “insulted”. Posada said he couldn’t play. Girardi didn’t ask why.

      Posada is clearly disapointed in his season, as are the Yanks. Posada needed a night off. Girardi gave it to him. Joe may’ve been ticked, rightfully so. But, Cashman’s “hissy-fit” comments and talk w/ the press during the game made matters worse.

    10. May 15th, 2011 | 7:11 am

      redbug wrote:

      But, Cashman’s “hissy-fit” comments and talk w/ the press during the game made matters worse.

      Posada really seemed annoyed that Cashman had an in-game comment on FOX about this. Even said said something like “That’s the way he is now” during his post-game interview.

    11. Raf
      May 15th, 2011 | 7:33 am

      redbug wrote:

      But, Cashman’s “hissy-fit” comments and talk w/ the press during the game made matters worse.

      No, the “tweets” going back and forth during the game made things worse, as did the speculation going on during the broadcast. I mean, Posada’s wife and father chimed in on the matter. That’s just bizarre.

    12. Raf
      May 15th, 2011 | 7:40 am

      Raf wrote:

      I think things will eventually smooth over.

      Had it been a case where Posada jumped the team, it would’ve been a lot different. To me the timing seemed a bit odd, dropping him 9th in a nationally televised game against a top rival.

    13. Raf
      May 15th, 2011 | 8:02 am

      Bob Klapisch
      http://twitter.com/#!/BobKlap

      Ken Rosenthal
      http://twitter.com/#!/Ken_Rosenthal

      Kim Jones
      http://twitter.com/#!/YESKimJones

      Jack Curry
      http://twitter.com/#!/JackCurryYES

      TBH, I don’t know how politics work in the organization, which reporters have which officials in their pocket, but these 4 were pretty much on the story.

      Steve Lombardi wrote:

      Posada really seemed annoyed that Cashman had an in-game comment on FOX about this.

      Cashman said nothing of substance during the interview, it was Rosenthal who speculated that the Yanks were looking to take disciplinary action

    14. Jim TreshFan
      May 15th, 2011 | 8:11 am

      Raf wrote:

      Raf wrote: To me the timing seemed a bit odd, dropping him 9th in a nationally televised game against a top rival.

      There might be a message the Yankees are sending Posada here. Perhaps the same message they sent to Joe D in ’51 when they dropped him in the order or played him at 1B—both to his embarrassment. Look, Posada will turn 40 in a few months time. He can no longer play a defensive position. He was never much of a baserunner. If he doesn’t start hitting he has no place on a major league roster.

    15. Greg H.
      May 15th, 2011 | 8:42 am

      Jim TreshFan wrote:

      Posada will turn 40 in a few months time. He can no longer play a defensive position. He was never much of a baserunner. If he doesn’t start hitting he has no place on a major league roster.

      Exactly.

    16. redbug
      May 15th, 2011 | 8:58 am

      @ Greg H.:

      Well, the Yanks signed him through this yr. It’s in their best interest to help him get through this. All the talk by the yanks during the game didn’t help the situation. I mean, talking about whether they can dock his pay, cancel the contract, hissy fits, etc did nothing to relieve Posada’s stress.

      I thought Girardi was the only Yankee adult in the room. If I were him, I’d spend time w/ Posada before the game w/ a pep talk. Still bat him 9th but let him know he has confidance in him.

      BTW, it’s not like Posada isn’t the only one stinking up the joint. Swisher has stunk all season. Arod and Tex have been awful for almost a month. The only ones showing up are Granderson and the pitching staff (by and large). If George was still around, Girardi would be looking over his shoulder.

    17. Jim TreshFan
      May 15th, 2011 | 9:06 am

      It’s sad but true. Ask yourself when the last time was when you saw a team batting their DH 9th? And particularily a team that was struggling to score runs? Here’s the esential data: Since June 4th of last season Posada has accumulated 393 At Bats, a large enough sample size, and has batted just .204 over that span. Yes, he still has some power. Yes, he still has an eye for taking walks. But that is all he has.
      In a perfect scenerio Posada would “graciously” tender his resignation and the Yankees would “reluctantly” accept it. Will that happen? I can’t say; but maybe, just maybe, that’s what all that “clearing his head” had to do with.

    18. 77yankees
      May 15th, 2011 | 9:08 am

      redbug wrote:

      @ Greg H.:
      I thought Girardi was the only Yankee adult in the room. If I were him, I’d spend time w/ Posada before the game w/ a pep talk.

      Judging from his “ignore the white elephant in the room” post game press conference, it sounded like Girardi was attempting to make it just go away.

      If anything, he should be happy the media focused on the Posada mess and the not the nine inning mess that preceded it. Heck, FOX devoted the whole telecast to it. Well, besides the Sarah Silverman in the booth charade. I was waiting for her to comment that Jorge was on LSD too.

    19. Corey Italiano
      May 15th, 2011 | 11:00 am

      redbug wrote:

      Well, the Yanks signed him through this yr. It’s in their best interest to help him get through this.

      I don’t agree..let the first third of the year finish up, then you see where we’re at and how Posada has played recently. If he’s shown he can’t hit still, it’s time to move him to the Ruben Sierra role (bat off the bench to PH and strike out or hit a homer) and bring up Montero for some majoy league reps. It’s in the Yankees best interest to have the best 9 hitters in that lineup day in and day out.

      Since Texas, however, I don’t believe Posada has been swinging a bad bat honestly. A bunch of hard outs at people, and he’s actually had a few hits. Either way, I give him 17 more games to find it.

      The first third of the year is for evaluating, the middle third is for improving your team, and the final third is all hands on deck.

    20. Raf
      May 15th, 2011 | 11:18 am

      FWIW, I have a post hanging in moderation, but feel free to check out the twitter feeds of the reporters involved. You can see why things developed the way they did.

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