Results for tag: Jorge Posada
Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Jun 23, 2011 at 04:31:43 PM

Jon Lane wrote yesterday about how things in the last month have gone well for Jorge Posada at the plate. That had not included a home run until the seventh inning of yesterday's 4-2 win in Cincinnati.

When he connected, it marked the 29th different ballpark that Posada had hit a home run. Posada has 268 career home runs and that includes venues such as Olympic Stadium, Tokyo Dome,  Tiger Stadium, Kingdome, Shea Stadium and the Metrodome.

So of course possessing that knowledge leads one to find out the details of the first time Posada homered in all of those stadiums. By details, that means the date, the opposing pitcher, the situation and other variables.

1 - Kauffman Stadium - Posada is a .342 hitter in Kansas City with 10 home runs. The first home run he hit there on May 4, 1997

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Posted by: Larry Fleisher on May 25, 2011 at 12:39:26 PM

Today is May 25 and eight years ago, the Blue Jays were successful in a four-game sweep over the Yankees at Yankee Stadium. That weekend featured four dreary losses that saw the Yankees strand 34 runners.

If that sounds familiar, it is because it is what has happened to the Yankees at times this month and seemed destined to happen again last night, putting Toronto in position to go for the sweep.

Instead, things like Curtis Granderson’s first four-hit night as a Yankee, Jorge Posada’s pinch hit double put the Yankees in position to change the script and that was achieved with Mark Teixeira’s single off ex-Yankee Juan Rivera’s first baseman glove.

"Toronto tended to have our number from last year to the start of this year,” Granderson said last night. “They're

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Posted by: Larry Fleisher on May 15, 2011 at 07:20:35 PM

Today is May 15 and 70 years ago today, Joe DiMaggio’s historic 56-game hitting streak began with a first-inning single off Chicago White Sox pitcher Eddie Smith in a 13-1 loss.

That loss was the fifth in a row for a 101-win Yankee team that actually fell to 15-16.

Chances are on that Thursday morning, DiMaggio might have faced some pregame questions about an 8-for-41 (.195) slump that dropped his batting average from .373 to .306. And perhaps manager Joe McCarthy might have faced some of the same line of questioning.

Assuming he did, let’s guess that it wasn’t quite the sizable crowd that surrounded Jorge Posada’s locker eager to hear from the emotional Yankee catcher turned struggling designated hitter.

To say that area of the clubhouse was tension-filled sometime

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Posted by: Larry Fleisher on May 15, 2011 at 01:25:44 AM

Sometime between 1:30 and 2:00 yesterday afternoon as Jorge Posada and the Yankees were getting ready to appear for their Saturday night game against the Red Sox, the following songs appeared on Q-104.

The classic rock station played “Under Pressure” by Queen with David Bowie. A few songs later “Alive” by Pearl Jam appeared and that was followed by “Badlands” from Bruce Springsteen.

Obviously none of these songs pertain to baseball, but they could be in that context when the state of the Yankee hitting woes is mentioned, especially with the news as it pertains to Posada.

By now you may have seen the numbers and you might be wondering are the Yankees feeling "Under Pressure" to do something with Posada. You might also be wondering when Posada's will

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Posted by: Larry Fleisher on May 6, 2011 at 02:27:52 AM

First a confession, I didn't watch most of this four-game series with Detroit that from the looks of it and accounts in the paper was not the Yankees' finest hour of the first 29 games. First it represents their first three-game losing streak of the year and secondly it is a continuation of the offensive slump that seems to be two weeks old.

You might remember two weeks ago. That was when the Yankees went from Toronto to Baltimore. After a rainout on April 22, the Yankees scored 15 times on 14 hits the next night.

Since that time, the Yankees have split their 12 games and the reason is mostly at the plate. The Yankees have scored 46 runs (3.8 per game), which is not great, but also not terrible. Yet it is a dip from the six averaged through the first 17 games.

The most noticeable dip

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Posted by: Larry Fleisher on May 1, 2011 at 01:58:42 AM

For the second straight season, the Yankees have won 15 games in the opening month. They were 15-7 last year and by going 15-9 this month, the Yankees have won at least that amount of games in consecutive opening months for the first time since 2002 and 2003 teams were a combined 38-16 in those Aprils.

The Yankee offense has had an interesting and contrasting month.

The .253 batting average places them slightly above the league average which was .249 going into Saturday's games. The .337 on-base percentage ranks in the top half of the league and well above the league average of .319 going into Saturday's game.

Where the Yankees have really shined offensively is hitting home runs. Their 43 home runs lead the league by far and only four of their 24 games have not featured a home run and

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Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Apr 26, 2011 at 06:18:24 PM

Today is April 26 and as Joe Auriemma writes, the home run race between Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle truly began 50 years ago in Detroit.

Moving to a more recent April 26, four years ago Phil Hughes made his major league debut when the Yankees were in dire need of pitchers due to various injuries and ineffectiveness. The Yankees were a last place team and when Hughes could not win his debut and the Yankee bats could not score off Phil Hughes, the record was 8-12 and the deficit was 5 1/2 games.

"I felt fine but I just wasn't making pitches and anytime you keep yourself behind in the count, it's not going to be good," Hughes said. "Stuff-wise, I felt fine, but the results were not so great."

That is what Hughes said that night after allowing four runs and seven hits in 4 1/3 innings

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Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Apr 11, 2011 at 01:25:04 PM

In case you haven't noticed, professional sports is an occupation where icons tend not to age gracefully in terms of production. When that happens, it becomes a delicate balance and issue for those in charge of getting the team to succed.

Though it is only nine games, it may be the case concerning Derek Jeter and Jorge Posada's early struggles.

Jeter spent most of spring training tinkering with his stride and it seemed to work, but one week in, he is batting .206 after a 1-for-13 weekend and looks lost in one paper. A year ago, he batted .333 through nine games before tumbling to .270.

That being said, what if Jeter is still batting .206 a month from now? Would he be moved from second to the lower part of the order by Joe Girardi. The track record of Jeter seem to indicate he won't hit

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Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Nov 11, 2010 at 10:12:04 AM

While whatever the Yankees are doing in their courtship of Cliff Lee dominates the talk shows and newspaper space, the transition of Jorge Posada to full-time designated hitter appears to have begun.

Posada, 39, has been a DH 90 times in his career. From that spot, he has batted .223 with nine home runs and 34 RBI. The reason could be those are days he is facing pitchers whom pitch him well but the more likely reason is that for some being a designated hitter is a bore.

Last year, Posada was the starting DH 30 times for a total of 117 plate appearances. During those games, he was at .245 with four home runs and 14 RBI. One of those was a grand slam against the Astros on June 12 and the next day when Posada returned behind the plate he hit another grand slam.

That made him the first Yankee

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Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Sep 8, 2010 at 05:29:23 PM

Trailing by a run to the Orioles in the bottom of the seventh seemed like a logical situation to use Jorge Posada as a pinch hitter for Francisco Cervelli.

There was one problem and it was a significant problem - Posada was across the Harlem River seeing a neurologist to find out if he has a concussion or what the symptoms are.

The good news is that Posada does not have a concussion.  Tests taken at New York Presbyterian Hospital were negative and Posada was cleared to play, leaving him day-to-day as opposed to out of for a significant period.

The Yankees eventually beat Baltimore on Nick Swisher's third career game-ending home run and their third such victory was tempered by the scary news of a concussion.

Catching involves numerous risks and one is getting foul tips off the mask.

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