Jorge Posada came off the disabled list today and will start at DH against the Orioles. Posada changed his tune today concerning his future. For the first time, he acknowledged that he won't be able to catch forever, and that DH is a nice landing spot.
"There’s going to be a time when you’re not an everyday catcher," Posada said. "That’s fine. If I’m able to help out the team as a DH, obviously, I’d like to do that."
I have a feeling that some of my competing pundits, based on the questions they were asking, are going to proclaim tonight as the dawn of a new era. That from here onward, Posada will be the starting DH, and Francisco Cervelli the starting catcher.
Eh. I don't think it's going to be that clean a transition. I know Nick Johnson is ridiculously injury prone, but he does occasionally make his way onto the field. And if he's healthy by the playoffs, then the Yankees' Game 1 lineup would feature Johnson at DH and Posada at catcher.
Furthermore, beyond this year, we have to see what shakes out with the Yankees' other young catchers, with Jesus Montero and Austin Romine topping that list.
The future of Yankees' catcher reminds me of Jerry's thought on breaking up, from this episode of "Seinfeld":
"Elaine, breaking up is like knocking over a Coke machine. You can’t do it in one push. You've got to rock it back and forth a few times, and then it goes over."
But anyway, I do think Posada's words today carry significance, because he is finally acknowledging that a transition is coming.
--Speaking of proud Yankees and position changes, Andrew Marchand of ESPN wrote about Derek Jeter's future. I enjoyed the piece if only because you could feel both Jeter and Brian Cashman squirm.
Jeter's defense at shortstop has been up and down this season. I'd think he'd be able to last a couple of more seasons, at least, at shortstop. And as Josh Alper pointed out, Jeter's bat might prove to be the bigger concern than his glove.
In any case, this provides yet another opportunity reiterate: I think Jeter and the Yankees will find common ground for a new contract. But I don't think it'll be a perfectly smooth negotiation.
Thanks to Richie G. for the link to Marchand's story.
--I try to avoid shilling for anyone and anything in baseball. However...(you'd knew there'd be a "However..."), I happened to arrive early at the Stadium today, so I attended a news conference run by the Players Association to showcase this new personally designed gear. Joba Chamberlain, Andy Pettitte, CC Sabathia, Nick Swisher and Mark Teixeira took part in the endeavor. My favorite one is Pettitte, as he chose to highlight his trademark "Cap down, focused on the catcher" look.
--Have a great night.
--UPDATE, 7:42 p.m.: News now breaks that Ken Griffey, Jr. is retiring. It would've been more storybook if he had stepped down after last year, rather than enduring the ugly first two months of this season. Of course, with time, we'll forget about this period and remember the good times, and we'll see him in Cooperstown in 2016.