Russell Martin no longer hates the Red Sox

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September 2011. Then-Yankees catcher Russell Martin said this:

“Anything to get the Red Sox out would be awesome for me . . . Because I hate the Red Sox. They are fun to play against because they have a quality team and they are gritty and they play hard and stuff, but I would love to see them lose . . . I guess it just comes with the territory. When you wear the pinstripes, you just kind of learn to be that way.”

Russell Martin, impending free agent, in September 2014, on the possibility of signing with the Boston Red Sox:

“It’s definitely a place to consider if the option is there,” Martin told WEEI.com during a late September interview . . . “It’€™s a great baseball town. People love their baseball. For the most part they’€™ve always been competitive. They’€™ve got a great team. [Dustin] Pedroia is one of personal favorites. I love the way he competes so it would be a pleasure playing with him.”

The lesson here is not that Martin is a hypocrite or anything. The lesson here is that free agency politics and saying the right thing to the local press at a given time is a far greater consideration for players than the rivalries we as fans have decided are important.

We’re rooting for laundry, people. The players know this way better than we do.

Brewers have 3 positive COVID tests at alternate site

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MILWAUKEE — The Brewers had two players and a staff member test positive for the coronavirus at their alternate training site in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Milwaukee president of baseball operations David Stearns confirmed the positive results Saturday and said they shouldn’t impact the major league team. Teams are using alternate training sites this season to keep reserve players sharp because the minor league season was canceled due to the pandemic.

Stearns said the positive tests came Monday and did not name the two players or the staff member. Players must give their permission for their names to be revealed after positive tests.

The entire camp was placed in quarantine.

“We have gone through contact tracing,” Stearns said. “We do not believe it will have any impact at all on our major league team. We’ve been fortunate to get through this season relatively unscathed in this area. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get all the way there at our alternate site.”

Milwaukee entered Saturday one game behind the Reds and Cardinals for second place in the NL Central, with the top two teams qualifying for the postseason.

The Brewers still will be able to take taxi squad players with them on the team’s trip to Cincinnati and St. Louis in the final week of the season. He said those players have had repeated negative tests and the team is “confident” there would be no possible spread of the virus.

“Because of the nature of who these individuals were, it’s really not going to affect the quarantine group at all,” Stearns said. “We’re very fortunate that the group of players who could potentially be on a postseason roster for us aren’t interacting all that much with the individuals that tested positive.”