Williams understands Posada drama

If there's anyone who understands what New York Yankees designated hitter Jorge Posada went through recently, it's Bernie Williams.

Jorge Posada

Jorge Posada

#20 DH
New York Yankees

2011 STATS

  • GM39
  • HR6

  • RBI16

  • R13

  • OBP.299

  • AVG.183

Williams, who starred in center field for the Yankees from 1991 to 2006, winning four World Series championships and being named to five American League All-Star teams, believed he should have been given a guaranteed roster spot heading into spring training in 2007.

However, the Yankees saw Williams' skills had diminished and were willing only to extend him an invitation, with an opportunity to make the team if he had a good spring.

Ultimately, Williams, who felt disrespected given all he'd accomplished in New York, decided to retire, signaling an unfortunate ending to a stellar career in pinstripes.

Although Posada's tenure in the Bronx isn't over yet, it seems headed that way.

On May 14, manager Joe Girardi dropped Posada -- who was batting a paltry .165 at the time -- to ninth in the batting order for the first time in 12 seasons.

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