Heck, Jeff Loria isn’t even crazy, really. He just makes some odd moves motivated, it seems, by either a considerable overestimation of his baseball acumen or some other, less excusable motivation. But baseball always has some sorta miserable owners and Loria is not terribly different than any number of them over the years.
But Ted Turner was a totally different bucket of crazy. And today Joe Posnanski walks down memory lane with the former Braves owner. Who, in one of his less extreme moments, named himself manager.
Well, sort of. He gave his manager a leave of absence and came in and played figurehead for a game. Before Major League Baseball lost its collective mind at him and banned him from managing the team anymore. And, really, Turner came out of it all sounding more sane than the league did. Turner said of the event “Am I crazy? Am I the only sane man or am I the only nut?”
Good question. Heck, Turner wasn’t even the worst manager hired by the Braves during the Ted Turner years. And Braves fans still miss the guy.
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.”