The Athletics have a travel-heavy 2016 schedule and unsuccessfully tried to have it altered

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Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Athletics president Mike Crowley tried to have the team’s 2016 schedule altered, unsuccessfully, due to the comparatively extreme amount of travel they’ll need to do during the 2016 season.

Slusser highlights the issues with the Athletics’ schedule. To sum it up:

  • The Athletics do not play back-to-back series against the Rangers and Astros, causing them to travel to Texas more than would otherwise be necessary
  • The A’s will be on the road for 22 of 28 days between April 18 and May 15
  • They will have three off-days in a span of eight days, which is legal per the CBA, which puts a maximum of two off-days within seven days
  • The A’s will be on the road for 14 of 17 days between the middle and end of August

The scheduling issue is one that, due to geography, affects West coast teams more than others. According to Baseball Savant, the Athletics will have traveled the second-most miles this season at 40,867 miles. They’re behind the division rival Mariners (43,281) while the Rangers and Angels have traveled the fourth- and fifth-most, respectively.

MLB senior vice president of scheduling Katy Feeney, quoted in Slusser’s article, said, “The assumption is that we don’t care about minimizing travel, but I can assure you no team is ignored. Nothing is a one-team issue; there are 27 other teams besides the three AL West Coast teams. And no one is ever happy.”

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.”