Someone stole Jeff Wilpon’s identity

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One of my favorite literary quotes is “we are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful what we pretend to be.” Against that backdrop, why would anyone pretend to be Jeff Wilpon? From a DOJ press release:

Michael Conway, the President of Choice Office Solutions LLC (Choice Office), was arrested earlier today on charges of wire fraud and aggravated identity theft in connection with a scheme where he forged lease agreements . . .

. . . One of the fraudulent leasing agreements was purportedly with the New York Mets.  Relying on it, the individual investor wire transferred approximately $500,000 to Conway’s bank account ostensibly to purchase office equipment.  Conway then used the same forged lease agreement, and a forged authorization letter from the New York Mets purportedly signed by Jeffrey Wilpon, the team’s Chief Operating Officer . . .

I’m sure this person is going to go to jail for a long time, but it may be a stronger punishment to actually make him be Jeff Wilpon for a few months. Of course that may cause some 8th Amendment cruel and unusual punishment problems. I’ll have to research it.

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.”