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October 9, 2010 – Jorge Posada’s RBI single in the second
inning of tonight’s game gave him 41 career postseason RBI. Posada just passed
Mickey Mantle and moved into ninth place on the all-time list for postseason
RBI.

While it’s difficult to compare players’ postseason stats
from this era with players from the past (because when Mantle played, the ALDS
and ALCS did not exist), Posada has had a remarkable October run.

Of the Yankees Core Four players – which also includes,
Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte – Posada’s October success has
come with the least amount of fanfare.

During 27 postseason series, Posada has been consistently
good at the plate and behind it – compiling a .286 batting average with 11 home
runs and 41 RBI.

This series has served as a microcosm of Posada’s postseason
career. Posada collected two huge hits in two games — the first coming in the
sixth inning of Game 1, when he lined an RBI single that narrowed the Yankees’
then deficit to one run. Posada has also been behind the plate for every inning
of this ALDS so far.

Posada won’t receive as much credit as Rivera or Jeter or
any of the great starting pitchers of this series, but he certainly deserves
it.

–Alfred Santasiere III

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