Yankees Posada Retires

After 17 seasons and 5 titles, Posada retires

By RONALD BLUM
AP Sports Writer
      NEW YORK (AP) – Flanked by his wife and children, with five
World Series trophies sitting on a table to his right, Jorge Posada
announced his retirement.

      The five-time All-Star catcher is ending his major league career
after 17 seasons, all with the New York Yankees.

      The 40-year-old Posada finishes with a .273 career batting
average, 275 home runs and 1,065 RBIs. Shifted to designated hitter
last year, his playing time diminished.

      Posada joins Bernie Williams and Andy Pettitte in retirement,
leaving only 37-year-old Derek Jeter and 42-year-old Mariano Rivera
from the core group that led the Yankees to four World Series
titles in five years from 1996-2000.

      With Rivera and CC Sabathia looking on, Posada began by quoting
Joe DiMaggio: “I want to thank the good Lord for making me a
Yankee.”
      

      
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