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Comment Winter Olympics: Tolerance, Jorge Posada and Carlos Pena

It's been a while, hasn't it? The judges had to sift through weeks and weeks of comments, including some memorable arguments, to pick three winners.

Their work is complete. Here are your medalists:

--The bronze goes to JE, who got worked up over a hypothetical discussion involving Prince Fielder's free agency. It was worth it just for this:

For all of your charm, good looks,...

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Jorge Posada's retirement

Duty called yesterday in the form of Jorge Posada's retirement news conference, and as it turned out, I got a bonus of sorts when Prince Fielder ended his free agency in brilliant fashion.

Let's tackle Posada first:

1. The Yankees really went to town for his news conference. My goodness. Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, Hal and Jennifer Steinbrenner, a video featuring fans. It was something...

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Raul Ibanez and Yu Darvish

Apologies for the profound tardiness this morning. Just a few quick items:

1. I think Johnny Damon would be the best all-around fit for the Yankees' DH opening, factoring in Damon's recent performance and his familiarity with New York, but I wonder whether Damon - who is honest about his desire to reach 3,000 career hits - will try to find a place where he'll get more plate appearances. Baltimore...

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Jorge Posada, the 2013 All-Star Game, Yankees pitching, Joe Torre and the Hall of Fame

Not a shocker, but now we know for sure: Jorge Posada will announce his retirement shortly.

Posada left our radar screen somewhat because we knew that he wasn't returning to the Yankees in 2012. This wasn't like, say, Andy Pettitte's case last year, when the Yankees and their fans were desperately hoping that the lefty decided to keep pitching.

In any case, good for Posada that he has...

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Bartolo Colon, Jorge Posada, Russell Martin, Chris Capuano and Manny Ramirez

After Bartolo Colon's start last night, it's more evident than ever that his tank is on E, isn't it? Gosh. What do you do with him? See if he can help out of the bullpen for the playoffs? Just thank him and wish him luck in the upcoming WWE season?

At this point, the Yankees' best choice for a Game 3 starting pitcher seems to be... Phil Hughes? If he gets healthy. Game 4, for the second round?...

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Should Jorge Posada be on the Yankees' postseason roster?

JORGE POSADA Catcher/DH, Yankees 2011: .235, 14 HR,

(Credit: Jim McIsaac)

So the Yankees are the American League East champions, and in true storybook fashion, Jorge Posada delivered the game-winning hit.

As we now look forward to the Yankees' postseason, a story from their past comes to mind.

(Sorry. That's often the case here. I'm getting old, and my memory, knock on wood, is still all right.)

The 2001 Yankees went into the playoffs with choices to...

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September Monday, Part I

Yes, it's time to kick off this annual feature, which we start a week after Labor Day and runs every Monday through the end of the regular season. 

In other words, this Monday and the next two.

Why? Because this is crunch time, spiritually. The weather is cooling, football is here, the kids are back in school and every game involving a team (or teams) on the bubble feels huge.

First,...

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Jorge Posada, Freddy Garcia, Jose Reyes, Daniel Murphy and Carlos Beltran

A very busy baseball Sunday in New York somehow leads to a Spadafore-style blog entry Monday morning in Boston (before I hop on my train back home). Go figure.

News: The Yankees lose a long, exciting game at Fenway, dropping a game behind the Red Sox in the AL East, yet equally significant news occurs before the game, as Joe Girardi tells Jorge Posada that he won't be the starting DH...

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The case of the disappearing DH

Hideki Matsui homered for the 500th time as a professional, counting both Japan and Major League Baseball, as the A's beat the Tigers in Detroit.

It's a great accomplishment for Matsui, and as Jane Lee points out in her story for MLB.com, it surely meant more to him because it helped Oakland pick up a rare victory. Yet it also has to be bittersweet, not only because the A's are terrible, but...

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