Jorge Posada says A-Rod should not be in the Hall of Fame

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Jorge Posada, making the rounds on his book tour, had this to say about PED guys and the Hall of Fame on CBS This Morning:

Strassmann then brought up Roger Clemens and [Alex] Rodriguez, both former teammates of Posada who were known to be cheating. He asked the five-time All Star if those guys should be allowed in the Hall of Fame.

“No,” he said bluntly. “I don’t think it’s fair for the guys that have been in the Hall of Fame that played the game clean . . . I don’t think it’s fair. I really don’t. I think the guys that need to be in the Hall of Fame need to be a player that played with no controversy.”

Posada wouldn’t have his 2009 World Series ring without Alex Rodriguez. Or some of his earlier ones without Roger Clemens and Andy Pettitte. Who, it’s worth noting, was not brought up here because no one ever thinks to bring up Andy Pettitte when PED guys are mentioned even though there is just as much PED dirt on him as there is on Clemens. When you “aw shucks” your PED “confession,” however, you get a lot more leeway. Even if it was just as disingenuous as everyone else’s.

That aside, Posada is entitled to his opinion on this. And it helps him that his opinion seems to fit pretty squarely in with the majority of fans and people in and out of the game. But I would be curious to see how he gets on with A-Rod, if at all, when he’s back in the Yankees clubhouse before having his number retired later this year.

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.”