Originally written on Big League Stew  |  Last updated 1/24/12
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Jorge Posada formally announced his retirement from baseball at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday morning, ending a 17-season career that was spent solely with the Bronx Bombers. Posada walks away from the sport with a fine résumé that includes 1,574 games behind the plate, 11 postseason home runs and five World Series rings (a haul that includes the 1996 season, when he failed to make the postseason roster). The press conference was packed with close teammates such as Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera, friends such as Thurman Munson's widow Diana, and well-wishers including a number of longtime season ticketholders who shared their memories of Posada during an extended career retrospective. Posada was teary-eyed when he honored his parents in his native Spanish he spoke growing up in Puerto Rico, and thanked the Steinbrenner family, saying, "I could never wear another uniform; I will always be a Yankee." Posada, 40, was reported last month to have decided that hanging up his catcher's mask w...
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