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Longtime Yankees catcher Posada to retire

New York Yankees' Posada hits a two run home run off of Cincinnati Reds' Leake during their interleague MLB baseball game in Cincinnati
New York Yankees' Posada hits a two run home run off of Cincinnati Reds' Leake during their interleague MLB baseball game in Cincinnati

(Reuters) - Longtime New York Yankees catcher Jorge Posada will announce his retirement from Major League Baseball (MLB) on Tuesday after a 17-year career that included four World Series titles, the team said on Monday.

Posada, 40, became a free agent following the 2011 season and decided to end his MLB career with the team that drafted him in 1990 rather than pursue a role on another team.

He will formally announce his retirement on Tuesday at an 11 a.m. ET (1600 GMT) news conference at Yankee Stadium, the team said in a statement.

The Puerto Rico native was a five-times All-Star and retires with a .273 batting average, 1,065 runs batted in and 275 home runs in 1,829 games - all with the Yankees.

He was also part of the team's "Core Four" along with Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte that helped the team capture five World Series titles from 1996-2009. Posada played just eight games during the 1996 MLB regular season and was left off the playoff roster.

Posada's playing time slipped in 2011, the final year of a four-year contract, as he transitioned to being a designated hitter and often found himself out of the lineup.

He created controversy when he removed himself from the lineup last May an hour before a game after being dropped to the bottom of the batting order.

(Reporting by Frank Pingue in Toronto, editing by Ed Osmond; To query or comment on this story email sportsfeedback@thomsonreuters.com)

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