Why Jorge Posada Should Be a Hall of Famer
As we celebrate the day that Jorge Posada is enshrined into Monument Park, I thought I should make my case for why Posada should be granted baseball’s highest achievement and baseball immortality.
A member of the Core Four, Jorge Posada was a cornerstone of the Yankees franchise for almost two decades and a fan favorite here in the Bronx. A 5x All Star (2000-2003, 2007) and 5x Silver Slugger winner (2000-2003, 2007), Posada was also a 4x World Series champion (1998-2000, 2009) during his 16 year career in pinstripes. As of now, Posada ranks in the top 20 among all time catchers in at bats (6091), runs (900), hits (1664), RBIs (1065) as well as 8th in doubles (379), homers (275) and slugging (.474), 3rd in walks (936) and 6th in OBP (.374). Not only has he had a productive career in the regular season, he is one of the most successful players in postseason play as he ranks 2nd all-time in postseason games played (125), 3rd in postseason at bats (416), 8th in postseason runs scored (53), 4th in postseason hits (103), 3rd in postseason doubles (23), 9th in postseason RBIs (42) and 4th in postseason walks (70). Posada’s best season by far came in 2003 when he batted .281 with 30 home runs and 101 RBI with a 5.9 WAR in 142 games which was good enough to finish 3rd in the AL MVP voting.
As Jorge Posada prepares to have his number retired and his plaque placed in Monument Park, he becomes eligible for the Hall of Fame this upcoming year as his five year waiting period will come to an end. Considering Posada is not a top 5 catcher of all time and looking at the candidates for next year’s Hall of Fame class, which includes another catcher, Mike Piazza, Posada isn’t primed to be a first ballot Hall of Famer. Even though Posada’s chances on being elected in his first year are a long shot, the former Yankee catcher has every bit of credibility to one day stand among baseball’s greats in Cooperstown.
Article by: Julian Bussells
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