Friday, January 18, 2013
Posada ready to help out at Yankees' spring camp
TAMPA, Fla. -- Jorge Posada is ready to put on the pinstripes at spring training this year as a guest instructor for the New York Yankees.
"They haven't asked me yet, but they said they are going to," Posada said on Friday. "I'll be around."
The former All-Star catcher is a coach this weekend at the Yankees' fantasy camp for women. It marked his first time in a New York uniform since retiring after the 2011 season.
The 41-year-old Posada got a big smile when asked about being in a coaching role around longtime teammates Derek Jeter, Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera.
"I'll be bossing them around ... telling them to run, and all that stuff," Posada said with a laugh. "I miss certain things about the game. You're always going to miss certain things. I, obviously, miss my teammates the most."
Posada doesn't have any current plans to become a full-time pro coach.
"Not right now," Posada said. "Maybe later. I like coaching, I like helping out, but I don't see myself doing it right now."
Posada hit .273 with 275 homers and 1,065 RBIs over a 17-year career -- all with the Yankees -- that included being on the postseason roster for four World Series titles.
"No comeback for me," said Posada, who looked fit wearing Yankees pinstripe uniform pants and a pullover jacket. "I'm good with what I'm doing, and I was happy with the decision I made last year around this time. I'm enjoying the family."
Posada announced his retirement with tears in his eyes at a news conference last January.
"I love the game of baseball," Posada said. "I just couldn't play at that level anymore."
Posada stayed busy during his first year away from the game.
"We went to London, went to see the Olympics. We were there for 16 days," Posada said. "Did a lot of things I wasn't able to do, like ski and stuff like that with the family. Really enjoyed the time this (past) summer with the family."
Posada worked with Mickey Rivers to coach a team Friday that included Posada's wife Laura and Jennifer Steinbrenner Swindal, the daughter of former Yankees owner George Steinbrenner. He also spent time talking with New York managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner.