I am a little late with this, but whatever.
His production has dropped and last season it became obvious the old man’s service were no longer needed by the Yankees.
He could have found some swings as a DH for another team but he decided to just bow out. A pretty classy move. It will help his legacy for sure. I don’t fault guys that hang on a few extra years though but I do like a dude that plays his entire career in one uniform.
He had a great run, the aforementioned rings, as well as playing in two other fall classics. He was also a 5 time all-star.
Most importantly he and fellow Yankees Jeter and Mo were the face of the late ’90s early ’00s Yankees. Love them or hate them you must admit they had a hell of a run.
He also picked up 5 silver sluggers. All in all not too bad for a 24th rounder.
His numbers were solid for a catcher and that combined with his place on 4 world championship squads gives him a solid shot at the Hall. It may not be fair but pinstripes has it’s privileges.