2009 Stats: .285/22/82/1
Going into 2009, there were many questions surrounding Jorge Posada. How would he come back from shoulder surgery? How would he wear his hair? Would he kill AJ Burnett before the season was over? The answer to all of the above was, no. Posada had another strong offensive year for the Yankees, continuing to be one of their most valuable players. His batting average was 31 points higher than the league average for catchers. But his most important stat? 1. His total number of stolen bases. With that kind of speed, it will be easier for the Yankees to digest having the lethargic Nick Swisher in the number two hole. Posada has often been referred to as the soul of the Yankees, but the truth is he plays catcher. He has long been one of the 'enforcers' in the clubhouse. The Sonny to Jeter's Michael. Or maybe he's Clemenza. Either way, he's gangster, and the Yankees will need him to continue to play at the level he has if they are to continue their success.
After a mysterious black eye appears on RHP AJ Burnett, and one of Hank Steinbrenner's horses goes missing, Posada becomes AJ's regular catcher. Posada then goes on to have another above average offensive year for a catcher. Half way through the season, a struggling Joe Mauer calls Posada for advice. Posada responds, "Try not being so tall, freak." Mauer weeps.
Little Known Posada Fact
Jorge Posada has super-human will power. How else do you explain his ever leaving the house with that wife of his?