The Bronx Bombers are preparing to say goodbye to one of their most popular players. Catcher Jorge Posada is planning to retire.
According to an article on ESPN.com, Posada, 40, is ready to retire and will announce his intentions within the next two weeks. Posada is a member of what has been dubbed the "Core Four", along with pitchers Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte, and shortstop Derek Jeter.
Posada has been a part of five World Series championship teams and has caught the third most games in Yankee history, behind Yogi Berra and Bill Dickey. He has amassed 275 home runs, 1065 RBI, and has a career .273 batting average.
Posada struggled the past season after losing his full time catcher spot and becoming a designated hitter. He also refused to play against the Boston Red Sox after being moved down in the batting order, a move relatively uncharacteristic of Posada.
Posada was born in Santurce, Puerto Rico and attended Alejandrino High School where he played a variety of sports, including baseball, volleyball, track and field, and basketball. He was drafted in the 24th round in the 1990 MLB draft by the Yankees and played primarily second base in Class A before being moved to catcher.He made his Yankee debut in 1995, playing in one game, but got called back up in 1996 and becoming a regular on the roster shortly after.