Jorge Posada has his No. 20 retired by the Yankees

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Jorge Posada had his No. 20 retired by the Yankees in a ceremony prior to this afternoon’s game against the Indians. He’s the 19th player to have his number retired by the Yankees, the most of any team. Needless to say, they have gotten pretty good at these type of events.

A long list of familiar faces were on hand for the occasion, including Derek Jeter, Bernie Williams, Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte, David Cone, Paul O’Neill, Hideki Matsui, Scott Brosius, and Joe Torre. Yogi Berra, who wasn’t present, had a message displayed on the scoreboard. Yankees manager Joe Girardi escorted Diana Munson on the field to give Posada a framed replica of his plaque which will be displayed in Monument Park. It was a touching moment.

Per Anthony McCarron of the New York Daily News, here’s part of Posada’s speech:

“I can’t believe I’m standing here right now,” Posada told the crowd before the scheduled game between the Yankees and Indians. “Trying to put into words the feelings and emotions of this day is tough. I was born passionate about baseball and the New York Yankees.

“Being here seems surreal.”

Posada spoke about his son’s health issues during his speech and made sure to give best wishes to the Indians’ Mike Aviles, whose daughter is battling leukemia.

Posada also threw out of the ceremonial first pitch to his son. You can check it out below:

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Posada, a five-time All-Star, won five World Series rings during his time with the Yankees. He was a lifetime .273 hitter over 17 major league seasons, amassing 275 home runs and 1,065 RBI.

Report: Some MLB teams using outside labs for COVID-19 testing

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The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal and Zach Buchanan report that the Diamondbacks are one of several teams that have used labs other than the Sports Medicine Research and Testing Laboratory in Utah to process COVID-19 testing. MLB has encountered delays with its testing, despite promising 24-hour turnaround time, so teams have tried other avenues — with the league’s endorsement — in order to get faster results.

The SMRTL had processed performance-enhancing drug screenings for MLB. The league converted it to process COVID-19 tests amid concerns that having a season and all of the testing that would be required throughout would take away testing resources from the general public. That some teams are utilizing labs other than the SMRTL suggests the league, indeed, is usurping those resources.

In prospect Seth Beer’s case, he tested positive for COVID-19. He needed to test negative twice consecutively to be cleared to return to play. Beer went to a third-party site in the Phoenix area. He received his second negative test and was cleared to return on July 9.

The Diamondbacks said that the labs they have used have assured them that they are not taking away tests from the public. That seems like a claim MLB and the D-Backs should demonstrably prove. Per Rosenthal and Buchahan, the D-Backs have gone to an outside lab about 20 times, which accounts for less than one percent of COVID-19 tests taken by players and staff. Still, those are 20 tests that could have been used by the general public. And if the D-Backs and a handful of other teams already are using outside labs, then the rest of the league likely already is or soon will be doing the same. In the end, there will be a lot more than 20 tests taken at outside labs by MLB players and staff. Considering that “Tier 1” players will be tested every other day throughout the season, the total of third-party tests taken — if things continue the way they are now — could easily reach into the thousands by the end of October.

We all want baseball back, but the players, coaches, and all other staff are no more important than cashiers, teachers, and delivery drivers, so they shouldn’t have more access to COVID-19 testing simply by virtue of being associated with Major League Baseball and all of its influence and financial muscle. It would be unethical for MLB to be cutting in line ahead of other people who need testing just as much as if not more than the players.