Bill Kostroun, File, Associated Press
FILE - In this Sept. 25, 2011, file photo, New York Yankees batter Jorge Posada takes a curtain call after hitting a two-run home run during the third inning of the first game of a baseball doubleheader against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium in New York. The Yankees say Posada is going to announce his retirement Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012 at Yankee Stadium. The 40-year-old five-time All-Star catcher will end his 17-year big league career with the team that drafted him rather than pursue another team. The Yankees announced Posada's decision in a statement Monday, Jan. 23, 2012.

NEW YORK — Flanked by his wife and children, with five World Series trophies sitting on a table to his right, Jorge Posada announced his retirement.

The five-time All-Star catcher is ending his major league career after 17 seasons, all with the New York Yankees.

The 40-year-old Posada finishes with a .273 career batting average, 275 home runs and 1,065 RBIs. Shifted to designated hitter last year, his playing time diminished.

Posada joins Bernie Williams and Andy Pettitte in retirement, leaving only 37-year-old Derek Jeter and 42-year-old Mariano Rivera from the core group that led the Yankees to four World Series titles in five years from 1996-2000.

With Rivera and CC Sabathia looking on, Posada began by quoting Joe DiMaggio: "I want to thank the good Lord for making me a Yankee."