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Postby chadlincoln » Mon Dec 12, 2005 2:29 pm

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=2255872

Yankees won't let Posada play in Baseball Classic

Jorge Posada was ready to play for Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic. Unfortunately for Posada, the New York Yankees had other ideas.

The Yankees blocked Posada from participating, telling Major League Baseball that Posada was indispensable and was concerned the heavy workload he incurs during the season would be added to and might cause injury, The New York Post reported.

"As a courtesy I called the Yankees to advise them that Jorge wanted to participate in the World Baseball Classic," agent Seth Levinson told the paper. "The Yankees filed an objection that was accepted and Jorge was not eligible despite his desire to play."

Posada felt an urge to represent Puerto Rico in the tournament, wanting to make his family proud.

"I wanted to play since my family is from Puerto Rico, it's where I am from and I was excited," Posada told The Post. "I was the first one to ask for the documents. I can't do anything about it. The Yankees have the last word. I respect that and I will prepare for spring training like I always do."

Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez and Robinson Cano are expected to play in the WBC. Hideki Matsui will likely be added to the Japan roster as well.
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Postby dyuen87 » Mon Dec 12, 2005 2:46 pm

hoepfully this doesnt piss posada off. but i think this is the right move. The WBC is a good idea and all, but it's one major injury from shutting down. i mean how would boston fans feel if ortiz went down for a year because of the WBC, or peavy breaks his rib again after the U.S. wins the cup ;-7 .
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Postby slomo007 » Mon Dec 12, 2005 2:50 pm

What makes this even more outrageous is that Rotoworld reported that Pudge would be the full time catcher and Posada would simply DH.

So they're willing to let A-Rod, Jeter and Matsui play in the field but they won't let Posada DH? Something's not right about that.
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Postby rob0417 » Mon Dec 12, 2005 3:47 pm

funny they wont let posada play and none of their pitchers have elected to play either. I think it is just a matter of time before we find out that Mariano, was told he couldn't play either.

This is probably the best move the Yanks have made all offseason. If it was my team, I wouldn't let my pitchers play either
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Postby blankman » Mon Dec 12, 2005 3:51 pm

As a catcher, I think its a smart move.

I sure hope they don't let any of their pitchers play either.
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Postby thedude » Mon Dec 12, 2005 3:54 pm

Well Posada only has so many innings left in those knees. But Varitek is also on the wrong side of 30, and Buck Martinez has said that he will be the fulltime catcher of team USA. Just another interesting comparison. :-?
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Postby slomo007 » Mon Dec 12, 2005 4:06 pm

blankman wrote:As a catcher, I think its a smart move.

I sure hope they don't let any of their pitchers play either.


But he would DH, right?

Perhaps they were worried about him being a backup catcher and maybe needing to catch a game or two?

As a DH there is no reason to NOT let him play.
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Postby lbbaseball14 » Mon Dec 12, 2005 4:21 pm

Posada is nearing his time... I can see the yankees logic behind this.
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Postby RocketsDWM » Mon Dec 12, 2005 4:23 pm

The Red Sox should know pull Tek out of the WBC if the Yanks are doing this.
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Postby thedude » Mon Dec 12, 2005 4:26 pm

RocketsDWM wrote:The Red Sox should know pull Tek out of the WBC if the Yanks are doing this.


It could be argued that the Red Sox need Varitek's skill of handeling pitchers, in Spring training, to work with their crop of young pitchers (hansen Paplebon, Lester, Delcarmen, and Martinez) and the new pitchers (Mota and Beckett).
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