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Yankees bench Hall of Famer

Carrying on a grand tradition -- remember Greg Maddux and Javy Lopez? -- the Yankees are going to bench one of their best players because one of their starting pitchers doesn't care for him, much:

    Jorge Posada just revealed that Joe Girardi told him on Sunday that Jose Molina will catch A.J. Burnett in this series.
    --snip--

    "I just hope we win that game,” Posada said. "That's all I've got to say.”

    He added, "It's not like I didn't see it coming.”

    When asked if he might be the DH when Molina catches, Posada said he wasn't sure but that, "Matsui is our DH.”

Well, yes: Matsui is.
That doesn't necessarily mean that Posada couldn't play that role ... but in practice it probably does. It would be foolish to bench the left-handed-hitting Matsui with a right-handed pitcher on the mound, and Matsui's platoon split is small enough that Posada would give the Yankees just a tiny edge against left-handed pitchers. Toss in that a) Girardi will usually want a catcher in reserve, and b) Posada, a switch-hitter, is more useful on the bench than Matsui, and it's neither likely nor sensible to use Posada as the DH.

Now, whether it makes sense to bench Posada at all is a different story. Essentially, Girardi has to get inside Burnett's head. And if he thinks that Burnett might give up even a quarter of a run more with Posada catching, then Molina's the better choice. Because as well as Posada hits and as poorly as Molina hits, the difference between them within a particular game is so small, it defies measurement.

Even without Posada, the Republic shall endure. And so will the Yankees, probably.