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You probably saw the article last week with the news the New York Yankees will retire the uniform numbers of former players Andy Pettitte (46), Jorge Posada (20) and Bernie Williams (51). That brings to 20 the total of retired numbers by the Yanks, and Derek Jeter’s No. 2 will follow and that means no one will wear a single-digit numeral on the club again.

The phasing out of so many numbers calls to mind the question of just how many players are deserving of such an honor. With all due respect, was Posada in the same class as Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio and Mickey Mantle?

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