Alex Rodriguez is going to be in the studio for Fox


From announcer bias to announcer . . . well, whatever it is Alex Rodriguez has.

Joel Sherman of the New York Post just tweeted that A-Rod is in Los Angeles and will be part of the Fox NFL Sunday show today. That’s . . . weird, but who cares about football? What we do care about is that he will be announced as part of the Fox postseason studio shows going forward as well.

This inspired an almost immediate tut-tutting, but that seems premature to me.

On the one hand, yes, It is absolutely certain that Fox’s motivation here is to turn heads and get attention. This is why they do most of what they do these days, be it hiring Jason Whitlock and Colin Cowherd or inflicting Pete Rose on us all. It’s pretty transparent, actually, and putting A-Rod on TV is right in line with that. On the other hand, that doesn’t mean he won’t be good! Indeed, I could see this going either way.

If Rodriguez is self-conscious and concerned with how he looks on TV — a pretty classic A-Rod thing — he could be terrible and stiff. He has shown in the past year, however, that he can be pretty funny and quick in interviews. And regardless of demeanor, his actual baseball knowledge and insight has long been lauded by his teammates and coaches. Even the ones who hate him. If that translates, he could be good. You never know with analysts until they start analyzing.

This could be a Pete Rose situation in which a controversial figure is hired and delivers bad insight and analysis. It could be an A.J. Pierzynski situation in which a controversial figure is hired and delivers pretty damn good insight and analysis. The point is, no matter what motivated it and no matter how controversial the figure, all we as fans should want is some good insight and analysis.

I’d like to think A-Rod will give that but I’m prepared for the possibility that he won’t. Either way, we should give him a chance and see how he does.

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.”