52 Facts About Jorge Posada


Jorge Posada debuted in the major leagues in 1995, but it was not until 1998 that he found regular playing time.

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Jorge Posada added one of his best seasons in 2007 at age 35 when he batted.

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Jorge Posada is only the fifth MLB catcher with at least 1,500 hits, 350 doubles, 275 home runs, and 1,000 RBIs in a career.

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Away from baseball, Posada is the founder of the Jorge Posada Foundation, which is involved with research for craniosynostosis, a birth defect that impacts his son.

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Jorge Posada was born on August 17,1970, in the Santurce district of San Juan, Puerto Rico to a Cuban father and a Dominican mother.

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Jorge Posada attended Alejandrino High School in San Juan, where he participated in several sports, including baseball.

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Jorge Posada's SAT scores were not high enough for him to enroll in a four-year college.

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Jorge Posada accepted the scholarship at Calhoun without visiting the school.

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Jorge Posada has spoken about the racism he encountered from classmates at the school.

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Jorge Posada was voted best hitter, co-captain, and selected all-conference.

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Jorge Posada was inducted in the Alabama Community College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2006 and Calhoun retired his number.

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Jorge Posada was drafted by the Yankees in the 24th round of the 1990 Major League Baseball draft as an infielder.

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Jorge Posada signed with the Yankees for a signing bonus close to $30,000.

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Jorge Posada caught Andy Pettitte for the first time while they were teammates at Greensboro.

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Full-time catcher in 1993, Jorge Posada started the season with the Prince William Cannons of the Class A-Advanced Carolina League.

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Jorge Posada earned Carolina League mid-season and post-season All-Star honors.

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Still working on his defense, Jorge Posada committed 38 passed balls in the 1993 season, the most in the Carolina League.

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Jorge Posada's left leg was broken and ankle was dislocated in a home plate collision, prematurely ending his season.

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Jorge Posada made his MLB debut with the Yankees in 1995, replacing Jim Leyritz in the ninth inning of a game on September 4,1995.

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Jorge Posada began the 1996 season with Columbus, but was promoted to the Yankees late in the season.

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Jorge Posada appeared in eight games, making his first start on September 25,1996.

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Jorge Posada appeared in eight games in 1996, recording one hit and one walk.

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Jorge Posada did not appear in the postseason but the Yankees still succeeded as they defeated the Atlanta Braves in the 1996 World Series.

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Jorge Posada succeeded Leyritz in 1997 as the backup catcher to Joe Girardi, with Girardi serving as a mentor to Jorge Posada.

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Jorge Posada was expected to appear in approximately 40 games in 1997; he started in 52.

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Jorge Posada appeared in 60 games during the 1997 season and batted.

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Jorge Posada played in 112 games with 379 at-bats, while Girardi played in 65 games with 209 at-bats.

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Jorge Posada won his second consecutive Silver Slugger Award in 2001.

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Jorge Posada won a Silver Slugger Award for a third consecutive season.

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Jorge Posada tied Yogi Berra's record for most home runs by a Yankee catcher.

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Jorge Posada finished third in the MVP voting, behind Alex Rodriguez and Carlos Delgado.

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In 2004, Jorge Posada grounded into 24 double plays, which tied for the most in the AL, but batted.

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In 2006, Jorge Posada posted his highest batting average and home run total since 2003.

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Jorge Posada joined Ivan Rodriguez as the only two catchers in MLB history to record at least 40 doubles in two separate seasons.

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Jorge Posada finished sixth in MVP voting for the season, and won his fifth Silver Slugger Award.

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Jorge Posada turned down a five-year contract offer from the New York Mets.

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Jorge Posada was represented in negotiations by Sam and Seth Levinson of ACES Inc.

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On July 21,2008, Jorge Posada was placed on the disabled list, the first time he was placed on the DL in his career.

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Jorge Posada intended to recover from this injury in order to perform as designated hitter or first baseman.

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Jorge Posada underwent surgery to repair a glenoid labrum in his right shoulder and was placed on the DL for the remainder of the 2008 season.

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Jorge Posada hit the first regular-season home run in the new Yankee Stadium on April 16,2009, against Cliff Lee of the Cleveland Indians.

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Jorge Posada walked and later scored on an RBI single by Brett Gardner.

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On July 23,2010, Jorge Posada recorded his 1,000th career RBI against the Kansas City Royals.

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Jorge Posada was shifted to designated hitter for the 2011 season due to his declining defensive performance, while Russell Martin became the new everyday catcher.

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Jorge Posada told reporters that he needed time to "clear [his] head" and mentioned some "stiffness" in his back as the reasons for his request.

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On September 10,2011, Jorge Posada played as a catcher for the first time of the season due to injuries of Russell Martin and Francisco Cervelli.

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Jorge Posada remained undecided on whether or not he wanted to keep playing.

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Jorge Posada rejoined the Yankees as a guest instructor during spring training in 2013.

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Jorge Posada met Laura at a party in 1997, soon recognizing her as the pitcher of the softball team in games he umpired.

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Posada's son, Jorge Luis, suffers from craniosynostosis, which he was diagnosed with 10 days after he was born.

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Jorge Posada released a charity wine in 2008 called Jorge Posada Cabernet to raise funds for his foundation.

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In June 2011, his son underwent what Jorge Posada hoped would be the final surgery for the condition.

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