Thursday, November 10, 2011
Torre: Jorge should be 'considered' for Hall Jorge Posada, Hall of Famer?
If Joe Torre had a vote, he'd consider sending the long-time Yankee to Cooperstown.
"I've noticed over the years when guys get voted in, whether it’s first ballot, second ballot -- if you play in postseason, people get a chance to see you in a different light and it may carry a little more weight. But as much postseason as he’s played in, I think consideration is certainly warranted," Torre said Thursday at his Safe At Home Foundation fundraiser.
Over 17 seasons, Posada has hit .273 with 275 homers and 1,065 RBIs. The five-time World Series winner has batted .248 with 11 homers and 42 RBIs in 125 postseason games. He was voted to five All-Star games.
Hall of Famer Gary Carter, by comparison, hit .262 with 324 homers and 1,225 RBIs in 19 seasons. He was selected to 11 All-Star games and won three Gold Gloves.
Hall of Fame second baseman Joe Gordon also has comparable statistics to Posada, but compiled them in six fewer seasons.
The Yankee hit .268 with 253 homers and 975 RBIs in 11 seasons. He made nine All-Star teams and won an MVP award.
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The Hall of Fame question arose because on Thursday because Posada said the night before that he won't be back with the Yankees.
On Thursday, he reiterated that he is undecided about his future. According to Posada, five or six teams have shown interest in signing him for next season.
"I don’t know, I'm undecided on that," he said when asked about his plans for 2012 at Torre's event, held at Chelsea Piers. "I want to make sure that it’s the right choice and I don’t want to jump to conclusions and tell everyone that I'm going to play or I'm not going to play, so we’ll see."
Posada said he knew that he was done after his last game in pinstripes -- the Yankees' Game 5 loss to Detroit in the ALDS. That night, he became emotional when speaking with reporters.
"I think that’s why it was tough for me that day to really walk out of that clubhouse and [know that] I might never see it again," he said.
When asked how he'd like to be remembered by Yankees fans, Posada said, "I don’t know. I gave it all on the field and some times were not better than others. But to tell you the truth, I played to win and I wanted to win every game and that’s the way I was taught."
Torre's Safe at Home Foundation was founded in 2002 to create awareness to those suffering through domestic abuse.