Alex Rodriguez offers a sensible no-comment; his silence is characterized as “deafening”

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Seemingly upset that we are now entering, like, the fifth controversy-free month of Alex Rodriguez’s return to the Yankees, Bill Madden of the Daily News attempts to stir some up today by letting slip that the Yankees have, at some point recently, offered to settle their disagreement with A-Rod over the home run milestone bonus by making a charitable donation.

A sensible attempt at resolution by the Yankees and one that Rodriguez could be well-served to accept for any number of practical, strategic, charitable and public relations reasons. Of course, the Yankees aren’t talking about that publicly and Rodriguez won’t comment on it publicly because there’s little sense in doing such a thing. To Madden, however, this is telling in some way:

In his ever-percolating home run milestone grievance with the Yankees — which was expected to come to a head Saturday but was pushed back until Monday — Alex Rodriguez’s silence is deafening . . .

This because A-Rod sidestepped the question about the charitable donation by saying:

“If you guys are so interested in my charities, I’ll be at the Boys and Girls Club on Tuesday,” said a smiling Rodriguez Sunday. “That’s a great organization and we welcome all you guys to come out and give the Boys and Girls Club some exposure.”

The monster.

Madden also Maddens it up really good by saying “Rodriguez, however, has given no indication to the union or the Yankees that he has any intentions other than trying to make them pay him the full $6 million bonus . . .” This a couple of paragraphs after he reports that the [soft] deadline for Rodriguez to file his grievance has came and gone with no grievance being filed and that the union is attempting to reach a resolution that avoids an arbitration hearing on the matter.

To sum up: a guy offers a friendly and clever no-comment to a question he shouldn’t be answering and is generally laying low about a controversial matter that could prove to be distracting to a contending team. Yet “his silence is deafening.”

For crying out loud.

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.”