Friday, July 23, 2010

Posada milestone worthy of applause

Jorge Posada just knocked in the 1,000th run of his career and that's an accomplishment worthy of celebration.

Never mind the hoopla about Alex Rodriguez's 600th home run. I would much rather celebrate the accomplishments of a clean player like Posada, whose engine runs purely on adrenaline. Jorge was well aware of his milestone, immediately calling time out after reaching second base and asking for the baseball. When the scoreboard flashed the announcement, the New York Yankees catcher got a well-deserved standing ovation from the crowd.

Posada is strengthening his case to join pals Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera in the Baseball Hall of Fame. With his ribbie tonight, he became only the 5th catcher in baseball history with at least 350 doubles, 250 homers and 1,000 RBIs. Three of the previous four – Johnny Bench, Gary Carter and Carlton Fisk – are already in Cooperstown and Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez could join them after he retires (although the steroid rumors could keep him out). But Jorge reached the milestone in fewer at-bats than any of these guys.

The Yankees catcher has had a rough season, mostly due to injuries although his age and years behind the plate may be catching up with him. His numbers aren't bad: .268 batting average, 11 homers, 36 ribbies and 29 runs. But they're probably not where he'd like them to be. Not to worry, he has the rest of the second half to pull them up. For now, he should just enjoy his milestone, one that is actually worthy of applause.

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