Jorge Posada Yankee timeline
A look at Jorge Posada's most memorable moments during his 17 seasons in pinstripes.
By Anthony Castellano
1990: Posada was drafted as an infielder in the 24th round by the Yankees. Other notable major-leaguers drafted that year include Andy Pettitte, Mike Mussina, Chipper Jones, Mike Hampton and Carl Everett.
Sept. 4, 1995: After being called up from Triple-A Columbus on Aug. 31, Posada made his major-league debut catching the ninth inning against the Mariners. Joe Ausanio was the pitcher.
Sept. 25, 1996: Posada records his first major-league hit off Scott Karl of the Brewers in the sixth inning.
May 4, 1997: Posada hit his first big league home run in Kansas City against Jim Converse.
May 17, 1998: Posada caught all nine innings of David Wells' perfect game against the Twins.
2000 season: During the offseason, the Yankees let Joe Girardi leave as a free agent, making way for Posada to become the full-time catcher. Posada batted .287 with 28 HR and 86 RBIs.
April 7-9, 2001: Posada homered in three straight games against the Blue Jays and Royals.
Oct. 13, 2001: With Oakland holding a commanding 2-0 lead in the ALDS, Mike Mussina and Barry Zito locked horns in Game 3 during a pitchers’ duel. Posada's solo home run in the fifth inning would be the only run as the Yankees went on to win the series.
2002 season: Posada had another consistent season (.268, 20 HR, 99 RBIs) leading all catchers in doubles and RBIs.
Sept. 10, 2003: Posada had a career-high seven RBIs against the Tigers at Yankee Stadium. Posada was 3-for-4 with a grand slam and two runs scored.
2003 season: Posada finished third in the MVP voting behind Texas' Alex Rodriguez and Toronto's Carlos Delgado. Posada reached career highs in home runs (30) and RBIs (101) en route to his fourth straight Silver Slugger award and fourth consecutive All-Star appearance.
Oct. 16, 2003: With the Yankees trailing 5-2 in the eighth inning of Game 7 of the ALCS against Boston, Posada delivered a bases-loaded bloop double off Pedro Martinez to tie the score. The hit would send the game into extra innings where the Yankees would win it on an 11th inning home run by Aaron Boone.
2004 season: Posada led the AL in games caught with 126 starts. Thurman Munson was the last Yankee to lead the AL in games caught more than once during a career.
Aug. 20, 2005: Posada recorded his 1,000th career hit with a double in the seventh inning during a win over the White Sox.
2005 postseason: Posada's streak of 68 postseason starts at catcher was snapped during Game 3 of the ALDS against the Angels. Joe Torre elected to start John Flaherty. Posada's streak started during Game 4 of the 1999 World Series against the Braves.
2006 postseason: In a four-game ALDS loss to the Tigers, Posada was one of the few Yankees who had a positive offensive showing. Posada batted .500 (7-for-14) with one home run and two RBIs.
Aug. 1, 2007: Homered from both sides of the plate for the eighth time in his career, tying him with Bernie Williams for second place in franchise history. Mickey Mantle did nine times.
2007 season: Posada set career-highs in average (.338), hits (171), doubles (42) and slugging percentage (.532). He was selected to his fifth All-Star team, won the Silver Slugger and finished sixth in the MVP voting.
November 2007: The Yankees inked Posada to a four-year, $52 million deal.
2008 season: Posada's season was decimated by shoulder injuries that forced him to miss a total of 83 games. He was sent to the DL for the first time in his career on April 28 with a right shoulder sprain. He returned to the DL in July with another right shoulder sprain. Posada underwent season-ending arthroscopic surgery on his shoulder.
April 16, 2009: Hit the first home run at the new Yankee Stadium in an Opening Day loss to the Indians.
2009 season: For the eighth time in 10 years, Posada hit at least 20 homers and drove in 70 RBIs.
April 4, 2010: It was Posada’s 11th career Opening Day start as catcher. Bill Dickey is the only catcher to have more (14 from 1930-43).
April 17, 2010: Posada rsecorded his 1,500th hit in a win over the Rangers and became the 19th Yankee (and fourth catcher) to reach the milestone.
June 12-13, 2010: Posada became the first Yankee to hit grand slams in consecutive games since Bill Dickey in 1937. Posada achieved the feat at Yankee Stadium against the Astros.
July 23, 2010: Posada drove in his 1,000th RBI with a double against the Royals. He became the 11th Yankee to accomplish the milestone — and the 11th catcher in baseball history.
Spring training 2011: After singing catcher Russell Martin, the Yankees brain trust announced that Posada will be the full-time DH during the season.
May 14, 2011: With Posada batting .165, manager Joe Girardi dropped him to ninth in the batting order during a nationally televised game against Boston. Posada asked out of the lineup so he can clear his head and rest his stiff back. The next day Posada apologized saying he "just had a bad day."
August 2011: Girardi officially moves Posada's .230 batting average out of the everyday lineup.
Aug. 25, 2011: Posada plays second base for the first time in his career during the ninth inning of the Yankees' 22-9 win over the A's.
Sept. 10, 2011: Russell Martin is taken out of a game in Anaheim after a foul tip, allowing Posada to play catcher for the first time all season.
Sept. 21, 2011: Posada had a pinch-hit two-run single in the eighth inning against the Orioles that gave the Yankees a win that would clinch the AL East title.
2011 postseason: Posada batted .429 (6-for-14) in the ALDS against the Tigers. The Yankee lineup was Posada was one of three Yankees to have a .300 or better average in the series.
Jan 7. 2012: According to a source, Posada plans to announce his retirement after a 17-year career, all of which have been in pinstripes.
Jan. 24, 2012: Jorge Posada officially announced his retirement from baseball at a press conference at Yankee Stadium. Posada was accompanied on the dais by his wife, Laura, and children Jorge and Paulina. Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, CC Sabathia, Joe Girardi and Willie Randolph were on hand to watch a tearful Posada call it quits after 17 seasons.