A catcher that played for the Yankees made it into the Hall of Fame…but it wasn’t Jorge Posada. It was Ivan Rodriguez, who played 33 games for the Yankees in 2008 and appeared on 336 ballots to earn entry into the Hall of Fame.
In fact, Posada’s chances of being in the Hall of Fame dwindled on Wednesday night when the catcher failed to get the needed 5% of the vote to remain on the ballot next year. Posada only gained 3.8% of the vote.
So what exactly went wrong?
Posada had a remarkable career, spending his entire 17-year tenure with the Bronx Bombers, which is something that is unheard of nowadays. He was a five-time All-Star, a five-time Silver Slugger Award recipient, hit 274 home runs and drove in 1,065 runs in 1,829 games.
Posada played the most postseason games at catcher, and had 103 hits in the month of October. That would be enough to put him with Hall of Fame legends Yogi Berra, Bill Dickey, Thurman Munson and Elston Howard, right?
Posada knew that his chances of being in the Hall of Fame were slim, especially with a loaded ballot. However, he considered it an honor that he was merely in the conversation.
“I think I gave it all out on the field,” Posada told the YES Network back in December. “I’m not a guy to make excuses or anything like that. I went out there. Certain times I played hurt. Being behind the plate, you understand that not every day you’re 100 percent.
“I think catchers should get a lot more votes. I’m very comparable to a guy like Ted Simmons. He’s not on the ballot. He’s not even in the Hall, and we should take into consideration catchers a little bit more.”
While Posada is no longer on the ballot, he still has another chance to enter the Hall of Fame. His case will be presented in front of the Today’s Game Committee at the 2018 Winter Meetings. If they decide Posada is worthy, he could be inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2019.