Comments on: Jorge Posada’s weird (bad) season http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/10921 This and that about baseball stats. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 17:01:55 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6 By: Michael E Sullivan http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/10921/comment-page-1#comment-111413 Mon, 09 May 2011 18:00:12 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=10921#comment-111413 the problem with giving posada the Varitek treatment is that his defensive catching really dropped off the last couple years. Varitek is still mostly playing above replacement level in his backup stints, despite terrible offense. Without respectable offense, I'm not sure Posada can still do that. But looking at his offensive numbers prior to the tail end of last year, one would have though he could still hit pretty well. It's hard to believe that they yankees couldn't find a more effective DH than Posada, even if his bBIP reverts to the mean. He'd need to get close to his old self with the bat to really be worth playing in that spot, given who they could potentially sign.

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By: David Bilodeau http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/10921/comment-page-1#comment-109729 Tue, 03 May 2011 12:41:05 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=10921#comment-109729 Hello..
Is it possible that Posada is just cheating on the fastball and can't adjust to the breaking pitch? I have seen him play three games and he looks a lot like David Ortiz the past few years: Loading up early, then can't adjust. Although they are not comparable hitters, the most extreme example of this is Varitek, who hasn't put a decent Major League fastball in play without not loading up early in years. Painful to watch.

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By: Biff http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/10921/comment-page-1#comment-109697 Tue, 03 May 2011 07:30:31 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=10921#comment-109697 @13

Posada's not quite as bad as the small sample thus far, but Chuck, you nailed it. Several of their starters will eventually be in the same boat as Posada. They'll pass their prime (and each one will) and will still be overpaid top dollar simply because of the lengths of the deals. Even though the Yankees can easily afford it and flick off the signing errors like a booger off a finger, that's the detriment of being a contract bully. Just have to hope they're not stuck with several costly, past their prime, untradable everyday players/pitchers at the same time.

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By: Biff http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/10921/comment-page-1#comment-109690 Tue, 03 May 2011 06:39:42 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=10921#comment-109690 @14

"Interesting that you guys are writing Posada off so quickly this year, and stating how he should obviously be done based on his age and games played.

The guy had a very good year last year at age 38 that defied the odds, and an even better year in 2009 at age 37.

His poor hitting this year IS surprising. Considering how well he hit the last 2 years, one would expect that moving to DH he could put up decent numbers this year. For whatever reason, he isn't hitting at all like he did 8 months ago, but I don't think that aging 8 months is what put him over the edge. Perhaps a minor injury, perhaps personal distractions, etc. But he didn't go from being a very good hitter last year to a very poor one this year just by aging 8 months."

So YOU'RE the agent who represents both Jorge Posada and Raul Ibanez, aren't you?

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By: John Autin http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/10921/comment-page-1#comment-109614 Mon, 02 May 2011 21:03:22 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=10921#comment-109614 @38, Voomo -- Sorry; I misread your tone.

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By: Voomo Zanzibar http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/10921/comment-page-1#comment-109489 Mon, 02 May 2011 06:21:21 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=10921#comment-109489 John, i wasnt being snarky.
That is my actual honest straightforward personality.
Genuine curiosity comes across as condescending sarcasm.
My wife has been trying to explain to me lately that some people don't appreciate it.

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By: Fred http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/10921/comment-page-1#comment-109472 Mon, 02 May 2011 03:23:53 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=10921#comment-109472 Not to worry Yankee faithful, you hitting coach says he's happy with Jorge 🙂

New York Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long said Sunday, May 1, that he is encouraged by what he has seen from C Jorge Posada lately. "He looks a lot more comfortable right now. The last few games, (he's) been able to back the ball up," Long said. "He's recognizing pitches, he's swinging at strikes. I've been pleased with Jorge's at-bats."

2011-05-01 19:01:17 | Source: ESPNNewYork.com - Ian Begley

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By: BSK http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/10921/comment-page-1#comment-109460 Mon, 02 May 2011 02:09:32 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=10921#comment-109460 Posada's issues extend back to last season. While many of his counting stats remained consistent, his slash line dropped from 265/373/464 in the first half to 230/339/444 in the second half, including a 182/299/333 in September/October. This "slump" extends well beyond the first 20+ games of this season.

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By: Simarc http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/10921/comment-page-1#comment-109454 Mon, 02 May 2011 01:47:40 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=10921#comment-109454 They should have let Jorge catch 60-80 games and began phasing him out slowly. Making him a P/T DH is not something he thought he'd have to do.

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By: John Autin http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/10921/comment-page-1#comment-109453 Mon, 02 May 2011 01:47:31 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=10921#comment-109453 Voomo, I don't mind being snarked, but are you aware that all 6 of Posada's HRs this year have come from the left side? In fact, all 10 of his hits this year came as a lefty (counting Sunday); he's 0 for 19 from the right side.

So yes, I do think some of his HR production is a Yankee II mirage.

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