So it finally (already?) happened. Receiving only 3.8% of votes in his first year on the Hall of Fame ballot, Jorge Posada’s name will not appear on future ballots. This won’t come as a surprise to many of us. While he consistently performed in the top tier of offensive catchers during his tenure with the Yankees, in the end Posada’s career overall numbers just weren’t enough for him to make any sort of serious push for hall consideration.
A five-time All Star and five-time World Series champion, Posada, whose number has already been retired and forever enshrined in the (ever-growing) Yankees’ Monument Park, will be fondly remembered by fans of the past two decades for his contributions to the team’s most recent dynasty as a member of the “Core Four”. With a career slash line of .273/.374/.474, he ranks in the top ten all-time amongst catchers in home runs (275) and OPS (.848). However, while his offensive numbers are impressive, it cannot be denied that throughout his career Posada was somewhat of a liability behind the plate, sporting a cumulative dWAR of 2.1 over 17 seasons and a career CS% of 28%, which doesn’t even land him in the top 400 catchers of all time.
Yes, he was a formidable bat in the middle of multiple championship lineups, but his offensive numbers, when coupled with his defensive shortcomings, simply weren’t strong enough to be considered with the likes of elite HOF hitting catchers such as Piazza, Berra, Bench, or Fisk. It is a little shocking that he fell off after his first year of eligibility, but it’s not as though he ever had a real chance of making it anyway when it was all said and done.
Posada, you were a great Yankee, and for that we salute you. Although, should our paths cross in life, I must admit I refuse to ever shake your hand. No offense.