The scenario of a player coming out of retirement to help his old ball club is quite rare, but it has been done. Andy Pettitte was a prime example of coming out of retirement, only to retire again following the 2013 season. While Pettitte made a decision like that, fellow Core Four member Jorge Posada said he won’t follow in his old teammate’s footsteps. Posada has watched the Yankees this year, and he doesn’t believe that he will be helpful if he decided to suddenly don pinstripes and rejoin the struggling Yankees lineup.
“I can’t play that game anymore,” Posada told the New York Daily News. “It’s too fast. They’re throwing too hard. I’m happy. I think my decision was great. I couldn’t play that game anymore. It’s a tough sport.”
Posada announced his retirement following the 2011 season, and he’s had quite a career. He’s one of five catchers with 1,500 hits, 350 doubles, 275 homers and 1,000 RBI’s. Posada had spent all 17 seasons with the New York Yankees, he joins a rare club with Mariano Rivera and Derek Jeter by staying life-long Bronx Bombers.
Posada knows about the Yankees offensive struggles, but he says the main thing the Yankees can do right now is stay healthy. It’s the only way they’re going to stay in the AL East race.
“It’s more about staying healthy,” Posada said. “Beltran is coming back now and now Pineda and CC need to stay healthy so they do what they do. I’m really- that’s all it is, to tell you the truth. Just want them to stay healthy and keep rolling to see what happens at the end of the year.”