Say "so long" to another of the NYY "Core Four"

Sunday, January 08 2012 @ 01:18 AM EST

Contributed by: Mick Doherty

Andy Pettitte retired in 2010. Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera are back for another go-round. But one less tie to recent Yankee greatness is no longer going to step to (or squat behind) the plate for the Bronx Bombers.

The Associated Press reported Saturday that free agent catcher Jorge Posada will announce his retirement this month, after 17 seasons with the New York Yankees rather than pursue opportunities with other teams. (Yahoo! || ESPN New York)

A five-time All-Star, Posada compiled a career batting average of .273 with 275 home runs and 1,065 RBIs, winning the Silver Slugger Award five times as best hitting catcher in the American League and won five World Series titles with the team that drafted him in the 24th round of the 1990 draft.

Only Hall of Famers Bill Dickey and Yogi Berra caught more games in Yankee pinstripes than Posada, who did so 1,574 times. So there's the basis for tonight's question and the "Hall Watch" designation of this thread ... does Jorge eventually join his predecessors Bill and Lawrence (that's Yogi, kids) in Cooperstown?

And if not, where does he rank in the annals of Yankee backstops? In addition to the two HOFers, don't forget Bresnahan, Howard, Munson and more!