Who Retired from the Yankees?

Did you know that there are now zero members of the Yankees who were part of the 2009 World Series team? Check out the full list of Yankees who have retired since then.

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Jorge Posada

On August 12, Jorge Posada announced his retirement from Major League Baseball after a 17-year career, all with the New York Yankees. The announcement came as a surprise to many, as Posada had just signed a one-year contract with the team for the 2012 season less than two weeks earlier.

Catcher

Jorge Posada announced his retirement from baseball on January 18, 2011, after spending his entire 17-year career with the New York Yankees. A five-time All-Star and four-time World Series champion, Posada was one of the core members of the Yankees’ late 1990s dynasty that won three consecutive World Series championships. He also helped the Yankees win a fourth World Series title in 2009. A batsman who threw right-handed, Posada was considered one of the best catching prospects in the 1990s. He debuted in the majors in 1995 and established himself as a regular player by 1998, when he helped the Yankees win their 24th World Series championship. Posada became a full-time catcher in 2000 and won his first Silver Slugger Award that season.

Posada’s mobile style of play and ability to switch-hit made him an invaluable player for the Yankees over the years. He compiled a .273 batting average and 275 home runs during his career, and was named to five American League All-Star teams. His 1,065 RBI are also a franchise record for catchers. Defensively, he had a reputation for being an excellent game caller and handler of pitchers; he led all American League catchers in caught stealing percentage four times. Though he did not possess strong range factor or fielding percentage metrics, Posesa’s131 assists in 2001 were more than any other catcher’s total that season.

Posada retired as one of only six major league players to have appeared in at least 1,500 games at catcher while compiling a batting average of .275 or higher (the others are Mickey Cochrane, Yogi Berra, Ivan Rodriguez, Bill Dickey and Carlton Fisk). Amongst players who have spent at least 50% of their careers at catcher (minimum 1,000 games), only Ivan Rodriguez (1st) has caught more base runners trying to steal than Posada’s 944 (8th). In 2000, Jorge Posada finished 2nd in voting for AL Most Valuable Player behind Jason Giambi despite receiving significant down ballot support from several MVP voters.

17 seasons

Jorge Posada, who played 17 seasons for the New York Yankees, announced his retirement on Wednesday.

“It’s been an amazing ride,” Posada said at a news conference. “I want to thank the Steinbrenner family and everybody that’s been part of this.”

Posada, who will turn 40 in August, started his career with the Yankees in 1995 and was a member of their World Series-winning teams in 1998, 1999 and 2000. He was a five-time All-Star and won four Silver Slugger Awards.

.273 batting average

In his final season, Posada batted .235 with seven home runs and 30 RBI in 67 games. He played his last game on September 21st, 2011, against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Posada ended his career with a .273 batting average, 275 home runs, and 1,065 RBI.

Andy Pettitte

On February 18, 2015, Andy Pettitte announced his retirement from baseball after 18 seasons, five of which were spent with the New York Yankees. Pettitte is a native of Deer Park, Texas and was drafted by the Yankees in the 22nd round of the 1990 amateur draft. He made his Major League debut in 1995 and became a key member of the Yankees’ starting rotation. Pettitte won five World Series titles with the Yankees and is the franchise’s all-time leader in postseason wins.

Left-handed pitcher

Andy Pettitte is a former American professional baseball pitcher who played 18 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB), primarily for the New York Yankees. He also pitched for the Houston Astros. Pettitte was drafted by the Yankees organization in 1990, and he signed with them later that year.

Pettitte made his MLB debut in 1995, and he won the American League (AL) Rookie of the Year Award that season. He was an All-Star in 1996 and 1998–1999, and he earned MLB wins leader titles in 1996 and 2001. Pettitte helped the Yankees win five World Series championships — four as a member of their dynasty of the late 1990s and early 2000s, and a fifth during his 2009 return to help extend their run as baseball’s preeminent franchise into a second consecutive decade — becoming one of only 18 pitchers to win five or more titles with one team.

Pettitte is considered to be one of the best pitchers in postseason history, holding numerous MLB postseason records. In particular, he is the all-time leader in wins (19) and starts (44), while his 152 strikeouts are second only to John Smoltz’s 173. Pettitte pitched three complete-game shutouts during postseason play, which ties him with Christy Mathewson for second all-time behind Whitey Ford’s record six; he also holds multiple other World Series pitching records. His reputation as a clutch performer led Yankee fans to nickname him “Big Game Andy”, a moniker that has often been used by sportswriters as well.

18 seasons

Andy Pettitte is a former American professional baseball pitcher who played 18 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB), primarily for the New York Yankees. He also pitched for the Houston Astros. Pettitte won five World Series championships with the Yankees and was a three-time All-Star.

Pettitte announced his retirement from baseball on February 4, 2013.

.255 ERA

Andy Pettitte is a former Yankee who retired in 2013. During his career, he had a .255 ERA, which was the best among all pitchers who had at least 1,000 innings pitched during that time.

Mariano Rivera

On September 26, 2013, Mariano Rivera, the greatest relief pitcher in baseball history, announced his retirement effective at the end of the 2013 season. Rivera, who will turn 43 in November, is the Yankees’ all-time leader in saves (652) and games pitched (1,051). He is also baseball’s all-time leader in saves, a record he has held since 2011.

Right-handed pitcher

Mariano Rivera (born November 29, 1969) is a Panamanian former professional baseball pitcher who played 19 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the New York Yankees. Nicknamed “Mo” and “Sandman”, he spent most of his career as a relief pitcher and served as the Yankees’ closer for 17 seasons. A thirteen-time All-Star and five-time World Series champion, he is MLB’s career leader in saves (652) and games finished (952). Rivera won five American League (AL) Rolaids Relief Man Awards and three Delivery Man of the Year Awards, and he finished in the top three in voting for the AL Cy Young Award four times.

Retiring at age 43, Rivera became the first player unanimously elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in its history when inducted in 2019. His number 42 was retired by both the Yankees and Major League Baseball.

19 seasons

Mariano Rivera spent his entire 19-year career with the New York Yankees, winning five World Series titles and becoming baseball’s all-time leader in saves.

A 13-time All-Star, Rivera was a key member of the Yankees teams that won five World Series championships in a span of 14 years from 1996 to 2009. He was also a three-time winner of the American League Rolaids Relief Man Award and the AL Championship Series Most Valuable Player in 2003.

Rivera ranks first all-time in saves (652) and games finished (952), and he is the only pitcher in MLB history to record a save in each of his 19 seasons. He helped the Yankees advance to the playoffs in 17 consecutive seasons, a record for any major league franchise.

.70 ERA

In 1996, Mariano Rivera was called up to the big leagues, where he became the Yankees’ setup man. The following year, he took over the closer’s role, and he quickly emerged as one of baseball’s best pitchers. He helped lead the Yankees to four World Series titles in five years, and he was named the World Series MVP in 1999. In 2000, he set a major league record with 52 save conversions in 54 opportunities.

During his 19-year career with the Yankees, Rivera established himself as one of the greatest pitchers in baseball history. He was a 13-time All-Star and a five-time winner of the Rolaids Relief Man Award. He finished his career with a record 652 saves and a 2.21 ERA. He was also named the AL Rookie of the Year in 1996 and the AL MVP in 2005.

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