Report: Jorge Posada Refused To Catch In Spring Training; DH Says Not So

NEW YORK (WFAN) — It’s Jorge Posada vs. the Yankees, round two.

According to the New York Daily News, the Yankees told Posada that in addition to DH duties, he may have to catch from time to time in an emergency. But whenever he was asked to work behind the dish, Posada refused.

“Whenever he was asked to catch in a game in the spring, the sources claimed, Posada declined, citing headaches and concern over the concussion syndrome he suffered after taking a foul ball off the mask the previous September,” wrote the paper.

Posada denied the claim on Monday, saying he was never even asked to catch in a game.

“Not at all. Not once. A hundred percent,” he said. “Not even close. They told me to go to the bullpen and stuff so I caught in the bullpen every once in a while, but they never asked me.”

The Daily News also reported that amid Posada’s blowout on Saturday, he told Yankees general manager Brian Cashman “that he not only wanted out of the No. 9 spot in the Yankee batting order – he wanted out of the Yankees, too.”

“It was just something said in the heat of anger and frustration,” a friend of Posada’s told the paper. “He didn’t want out, and doesn’t want out. … He was just frustrated and said a lot of things.”

Posada pulled himself out of the lineup over the weekend, saying he needed a day off, and a public spat ensued between the slumping slugger and club management. Team captain Derek Jeter later said he saw nothing wrong with what his pal did.

Posada has since apologized to the Yankees. The team held a conference call Monday with Jeter, team president Randy Levine, general manager Brian Cashman and managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner.

What do you make of the latest round in the Posada drama? Sound off below…

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One Comment

  1. Jofuss says:

    The Yankees made Posada and Jeter who they are. They not only paid them hundreds of millions, but paid millions more to surrounded them with the best players available. If Posada and Jeter played on the Royals they would have been great players know one knew much about. The Yankees deserve better, especially from a DH who would have been cut by any other team by now.

  2. Agi Tator says:

    This whole Posada episode is just another shining example of professional athletes living in a dream world. They make MILLIONS of dollars playing kids games and are SPOILED. If they only knew how the rest of us lived! C’mon, Jorge, be HAPPY with what you have!

  3. T-bone says:

    Jeter saw nothing wrong with it? That’s ridiculous.

  4. David Ruffin says:

    The ridiculous case of Jorge Posada needs to come to an end. There are players who know when to exit the stage gracefully, graciously, etc. “Hanging up the spikes” is an old cliche. It applies to show business and sports. Johnny Carson is a perfect example – such class. Revered and missed to this day. Andy P. seemed to have the right idea too. It’s time Jorge. Why give the sports writers more ammo to spit out more articles, ad nauseum, about your “decline”. You have enough money…..I hope.

  5. YankeeGirl says:

    Im willing to bet this “source” is named Brian Cashman.

  6. Kathy says:

    Posada needs to get over himself. No matter what sport you play, there comes a time when your skills begin to decline and he needs to accept that. Be positive and accept this. He can be a good example to younger players and help them hone their skills. Be a man

  7. dabooch says:

    It has got to really be bad to be outed and not be able to do your job in a public arena. Although the money is good, and it is the only glue that is holding this thing together for the moment. As a few more months go by the Yankees may choose to release Possada unless he starts to produce…a little…and keeps his anger steaming only between his Jorge ears.

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