POSADA'S SNUB

New York Yankees catcher Jorge Posada formally retired from Major League Baseball at a press conference yesterday.

Posada is well liked around the game and was one of the nicer players in the league. But it is well known that he wasn't friendly with Yankees manager Joe Girardi.

Therefore, it is not too surprising when Star-Ledger baseball reporter Andy McCullough tweeted yesterday: "Here at Jorge Posada's retirement presser, he thanked a laundry list of former coaches and manager. He did not mention Joe Girardi."

Girardi did attend the press conference.

VARITEK ON POSADA

Jason Varitek said the following about Jorge Posada's retirement, according to the New York Yankees:

"After hundreds of head-to-head games during the regular season and the postseason, I can't say I respect and admire anyone at our position more than I do Jorge. The hard work and preparation he put into catching is a huge reason he has five championships on his resume. He is a true grinder."

NOT YOUR TYPICAL SOx HITTERS

Mike Aviles, Nick Punto and Cody Ross, three players who the Red Sox likely will count on heavily in 2012, do not get on base at a high rate.

Aviles has just a .318 career on-base percentage. Ross .323 and Punto .325.

If the season began today, Aviles and Punto likely would platoon at shortstop; and Ross and Ryan Sweeney (career .342 OBP) likely would share time in right field.

Doesn't it seem like the Red Sox are sort of getting away from what made them so successful in 2004 (AL-leading .360 OBP) and 2007 (.362, 2nd in AL)?

DURABLE FIELDER

Prince Fielder reportedly signed a nine-year, $214 million deal with the Detroit Tigers yesterday.

Despite being 275 pounds at 5 foot 11, Fielder has missed only one game over the past three seasons. He has played in 157 or more games every season since becoming a full-time player in 2006.

He is joining his estranged father Cecil's old team. Cecil played seven of his 13 seasons for Detroit, bashing 245 home runs and driving in 758 runs.

DID YOU KNOW?

Cecil Fielder signed with the Detroit Tigers on Jan. 15, 1990 after spending the 1989 season playing in the Central League of Nippon Professional Baseball?

Yes, Fielder played in Japan, hitting 38 home runs for the Hanshin Tigers.

Fielder went on to lead the American League with 51 homers, 132 RBIs, a .592 slugging percentage and 339 total bases in 1990.

He played 220 games for the Toronto Blue Jays from 1985 through 1988 before leaving for Japan.

Fielder also led the AL with 44 homers and 133 RBIs in 1991 and then 124 RBIs in 1992.

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