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Posted at 10:38 AM ET, 11/10/2011

Jorge Posada on return to Yankees: “It’s not gonna happen”

Jorge Posada’s presence behind home plate has been nearly as constant as Derek Jeter playing shortstop for the New York Yankees over the last 15 seasons.
Hip, hip, Jorge! (Kathy Willens - AP)

But after a frustrating year for one of the league’s last bare-handed batters, it appears Posada’s run in the Bronx may be over.

“I don’t think there’s even a percentage of a chance that I could come back,” the five-time All-Star said Wednesday night before and event for his charitable foundation. “It’s not gonna happen.”

The 40-year-old veteran catcher said five or six teams have contacted his agents, but the Yankees are not one of them. New York general manager Brian Cashman has made clear his focus on adding arms to the team’s starting rotation, and has not mentioned the prospect of bringing Posada back for an 18th season with the club.

Posada won five World Series championships in pin stripes and forgo the opportunity to play elsewhere and choose to retire, would end his career with a .273 batting average, 275 career home runs and 1,065 RBI.

After manager Joe Girardi benched his catcher — who had been hitting in the DH spot — in early August, it looked like Posada’s was nearly up. But Posada was one of the Yankees best hitters in their ALDS loss to Detroit, posting a .429 average with six hits and four walks in 19 plate appearances.

“I will always be a Yankee,” Posada said. “The New York Yankees, for me, are a second family and it would be tough to put on another uniform for real and learn another set of rules. That’s one of the things I have to see if I want to keep playing.”

Now, for one (potentially) final curtain call...

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