Today Jorge Posada, one of the greatest catchers of all-time, turns 41. Posada, who retired before this season, is arguably one of the best offensive catchers to ever play the game. Within the 16 years he donned the pinstripes, Posada hit 275 homeruns and drove in 1065 RBIs. Posada, between seasons 1998-2007, hit 212 homeruns with the career year coming in 2003 in which he hit 30 homeruns, drove in 101 RBIs and scored 83 runs in 142 games.
Comparing Posada to other great Yankee back-stops, Posada falls right in the middle of Thurmon Munson and Yogi Berra. Munson, in his shortened career, hit 113 homers and drove in 701 RBIs. Berra, in 18 seasons, hit 358 homers and drove in 1175 RBIs.
Jorge Posada is probably the least known member of the core four with Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte rounding it out. One thing that can always be said about Posada is that he is a winner. He won 5 championships with the Yankees in 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2009.
It won’t be long before Posada’s number will be retired next to Yankee legends Munson’s and Berra’s.
Happy Birthday Jorge Posada!