Rob Manfred chats baseball with former President George W. Bush

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New MLB commissioner Rob Manfred chatted with former President George W. Bush at the Bush Presidential Center in Dallas, Texas last night and addressed a number of topics regarding the state of baseball.

Bush hosted Manfred in advance of a new exhibit at the presidential library. “Baseball: America’s Presidents, America’s Pastime” opens to the public today and will examine baseball’s relationship with America’s presidents.

Bush, who once owned the Texas Rangers, asked Manfred about instant replay, pace of play, the chances of expansion in Mexico City, and whether he would vote someone who used steroids into the Hall of Fame. Interestingly, Manfred said the only autographed baseball he owns is from Bush, who signed it after he threw out the first pitch before Game 3 of the 2001 World Series.

My favorite exchange might have been this below, via Richard Justice of MLB.com:

Bush asked if Manfred had always been a baseball fan.

“I grew up a Yankee fan,” Manfred said.

When the crowd booed, Bush said, “Good, Rob. Welcome to Texas anyway.”

The conversation was about 45 minutes, but here’s a quick clip below. You can see more at MLB.com:

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Brewers have 3 positive COVID tests at alternate site

Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
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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.”