The Marlins considered hiring Dusty Baker, Ron Washington and Ozzie Guillen (!) before going with Dan Jennings

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Bob Nightengale checks in on the Marlins’ clubhouse, and it ain’t a pretty sight. Ten days after Mike Redmond was fired and Dan Jennings was installed, the team is still losing, the players seem less-than-enthused and Jennings seems frustrated. He’s even getting personal advice from Jim Leyland about how to, you know, be an manager.

But maybe the most interesting part of all of this is who the Marlins considered before settling on Jennings:

The Marlins, according to a high-ranking official, seriously discussed several candidates once they decided to fire Mike Redmond. They talked about bringing in Ron Washington, who resigned from the Texas Rangers last September. They brought upDusty Baker, who fired by the Cincinnati Reds after the 2013 season.

Yes, if you can believe it, they also debated the idea of bringing back Ozzie Guillen, who was fired by these same Marlins after the 2012 season, and is still being paid $2.5 million.

I’d say that all three of those guys would be better choices than Jennings. Well, Guillen would be a better baseball choice, but as Nightengale notes, he made himself toxic in Miami a couple of years ago when he made those Fidel Castro comments. Still, he’d be a better manager. Which is not a slam on Jennings personally. Just a fact.

Still, I’m a tad skeptical here. The Marlins took a lot of heat after the Jennings hire for being the latest team to ignore the “Selig Rule” by not considering minority candidates. Now a “high-ranking official” floats the idea that they considered two black candidates and a Latino candidate?

One wonders how strong that consideration was. Why it’s just coming to light now. And why, given how much better any of them would be than Jennings, they weren’t actually, you know, hired. All three of them have publicly stated that they want to manage again and aren’t/weren’t getting phone calls. I bet they’d take the gig.

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.”