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09:37 AM ET 05.15 | The uneasy relationship between Jorge Posada and the Yankees turned bizarre and potentially ugly yesterday when the slumping designated hitter refused to play after being dropped to ninth in the batting order. All of this played out during the Yankees' 6-0 loss to the Red Sox in disharmonious theater reminiscent of "The Bronx Zoo" days. The drama featured sniping between Posada and general manager Brian Cashman, Posada's wife using social media to explain her husband's position, and Yankees executives contemplating what to do with the disgruntled, unproductive, 39-year-old DH -- on and off the field.

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Laura Posada, Jorge Posada, Michael Loccisano/Getty Images Laura Posada, Jorge Posada, Michael Loccisano/Getty Images
May 15, 2011  09:44 AM ET

Bat the wife 8th and Jorge 9th

May 15, 2011  09:59 AM ET

I have a suggestion...But the Yankee fan's won't like it...

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May 15, 2011  10:08 AM ET
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I don't know about this management team but they better stop treating their legacy players like shitte.First Jeter, now Jorge... I understand focusing on winning, but not at the expense of disrespecting team heroes.

Two guys that have always shown class and professionalism...

... they'll handle it well, and in house.

May 15, 2011  10:09 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

you've got to be kidding.

He's probably not...

... and makes a point.

May 15, 2011  10:16 AM ET

When Phil Rizzuto was still team captain but in his declining years around 1953, Casey Stengel called him into a meeting and said that they had a promising minor leaguer coming up and had to make room on the roster. He asked Rizzuto to recommend who should be cut. Rizzuto went down the list of names and finally realized what was going on. "You mean me?" he said. Stengel nodded, "Yes." That's the way the Yankees dealt with fading veterans back then. Not a bad system.

May 15, 2011  10:25 AM ET
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He's probably not...... and makes a point.

So the Yankees are willing to pay Jeter and Posada +/- $28mil this year for below average numbers and memories?

May 15, 2011  10:26 AM ET
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When Phil Rizzuto was still team captain but in his declining years around 1953, Casey Stengel called him into a meeting and said that they had a promising minor leaguer coming up and had to make room on the roster. He asked Rizzuto to recommend who should be cut. Rizzuto went down the list of names and finally realized what was going on. "You mean me?" he said. Stengel nodded, "Yes." That's the way the Yankees dealt with fading veterans back then. Not a bad system.

lol, appears to be the same way that most businesses deal with their property lol

May 15, 2011  10:28 AM ET
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So the Yankees are willing to pay Jeter and Posada +/- $28mil this year for below average numbers and memories?

Well, considering they signed Jeter recently to a contract...

... they are probably expecting more than "below average numbers and memories".

Are the Red Sox paying Crawford for what he did in Tampa? Or, what they expect him to produce in Boston?

Jeter should be fine.

As for Posada, a catcher that is 39 years old has taken a beating.

Who knows what he has remaining.

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May 15, 2011  10:31 AM ET

You still have A-Rod...<snickers>

May 15, 2011  10:36 AM ET

The Yankees owe Posada nothing more than a paycheck. He's supposed to earn that paycheck. The Yankees have lived up to their end of the bargain; Posada has not. He and his wife need to shut up and Posada needs to find a way to be productive. If he can't, he needs to quietly fade into obscurity.

May 15, 2011  10:36 AM ET
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Well, considering they signed Jeter recently to a contract...... they are probably expecting more than "below average numbers and memories".Are the Red Sox paying Crawford for what he did in Tampa? Or, what they expect him to produce in Boston?Jeter should be fine. As for Posada, a catcher that is 39 years old has taken a beating. Who knows what he has remaining.

More properly worded, "Wow, NY fans are OK with their franchise p*ss'en away $28mil on 2 has-beens?"

May 15, 2011  10:38 AM ET
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The Yankees owe Posada nothing more than a paycheck. He's supposed to earn that paycheck. The Yankees have lived up to their end of the bargain; Posada has not. He and his wife need to shut up and Posada needs to find a way to be productive. If he can't, he needs to quietly fade into obscurity.

Exactly. Boo hoo your feelings are hurt.

Bat 9th or go home.

May 15, 2011  10:42 AM ET
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I don't know about this management team but they better stop treating their legacy players like shitte.First Jeter, now Jorge... I understand focusing on winning, but not at the expense of disrespecting team heroes.

You can't put the best team on the field and worry about hurting someone's feelings at the same time. These legacy players are well compensated by the Yankees (paid much more than they're worth) and if can't produce anymore shouldn't be in the lineup. All professional athletes know the way it is, problem is most can't deal with it.

May 15, 2011  10:44 AM ET
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The Yankees owe Posada nothing more than a paycheck. He's supposed to earn that paycheck. The Yankees have lived up to their end of the bargain; Posada has not. He and his wife need to shut up and Posada needs to find a way to be productive. If he can't, he needs to quietly fade into obscurity.

Couldn't have said it better, WWJ...

Man up, Jorge - for the TEAM!!!

May 15, 2011  10:46 AM ET

And lets not forget the benefit the 'legacy' players have reaped from being on a legacy team. If he spends his career in San Diego, he's remembered as decent hitter who couldn't catch very well and made half the money NY paid him. 100 mil and enough media exposure to be even considered for the HOF is handsome compensation indeed. The Yankees owe Posada exactly zero at this point. All parties are even.

May 15, 2011  10:58 AM ET
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More properly worded, "Wow, NY fans are OK with their franchise p*ss'en away $28mil on 2 has-beens?"

How do Boston fans view Crawford's production for his free agent contract?

May 15, 2011  11:00 AM ET
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You can't put the best team on the field and worry about hurting someone's feelings at the same time. These legacy players are well compensated by the Yankees (paid much more than they're worth) and if can't produce anymore shouldn't be in the lineup. All professional athletes know the way it is, problem is most can't deal with it.

If management signs these players, then they get what they get.

NY just resigned Jeter last year.

Now, I don't think Jeter is finished by any means... but, if he is, what should he do? Go home?

Same with Posada.

What would the average fan on this site do if they were being paid by their current employer for less than expected productivity.

ARe you going to management stating "I'm not earning my salary. I deserve a paycut or to be terminated."?

 
May 15, 2011  11:02 AM ET
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And lets not forget the benefit the 'legacy' players have reaped from being on a legacy team. If he spends his career in San Diego, he's remembered as decent hitter who couldn't catch very well and made half the money NY paid him. 100 mil and enough media exposure to be even considered for the HOF is handsome compensation indeed. The Yankees owe Posada exactly zero at this point. All parties are even.

Management only owes a paycheck, and players owe management and fans max effort.

All a player can do is try their best. Sometimes it's good enough, other times is not.

But, you can only try your best.

If he's putting forth his best effort, what more is he supposed to do?

The Yankees would have to decide, not fans.

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