Slip, Slip, Jorge: Why Posada Is to Blame for the Yankees-Blue Jays Brawl

Posted: 16th September 2009 by Jordan Schwartz in MLB
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Jorge Posada's hot-headed nature has often been applauded because it usually leads to the catcher defending his Yankee teammates, but on Tuesday night against the Blue Jays, Posada's temper put New York in a dangerous situation. The trouble began when Joe Girardi inserted Mark Melancon into a 7-2 game in the seventh. The rookie reliever has been wild all season, racking up 10 walks, four hit batters, and three wild pitches in just 16.1 innings, so the Yanks are just a pitch away from a bench-clearing brawl every time he releases the ball. Sure enough, Melancon hit Aaron Hill squarely in the back with a fastball in the eighth inning, lighting the fuse that would soon set off a great deal of fireworks. Toronto southpaw Jesse Carlson quickly responded with a pitch behind Posada in the bottom ...

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