Hotel-hopping with some marginal Mets

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One of the things with which I frequently find myself preoccupied is where baseball players live. Not the superstars, though. Most of them have amazing mansions or expensive apartments and after a solid decade of real estate porn up and down the basic cable channels, I have become nauseated with that sort of thing.

No, I think about the fringe guys. The rookies who don’t have much money in the bank yet and/or really don’t know how to live like adults yet. The journeymen who find themselves on different teams each year and who may, in the course of a single season, be in two different major league and two different Triple-A cities. That’s a lot of moving, lease-breaking, real estate risk and logistical hell do be dealing with.

Enter this great article from Joe Lemire at the Wall Street Journal about how some Mets players on the margins, including Buddy Carlyle and 2014 Met Dana Eveland have used hotel deal apps to find the best rates in New York each night and then simply move from one hotel to the next, not knowing where they’ll be the following night. Given that they leave the ballpark after 11pm and have to be back at the ballpark early the next afternoon, it’s mostly about a bed and some breakfast anyway.

Maybe this won’t interest a lot of you, but I sort of love staying in hotels and find this to be all sorts of fun. I’m also finding that the ballplayers-as-human-beings stuff is way more compelling than the ballplayers-as-athletes stuff, so this is right up my alley.

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.”