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Report: Red Sox expected to hire Ruben Amaro, Jr. as first base coach


Update (7:51 PM EDT, Bill Baer): WEEI’s Rob Bradford reports that no final decision has been made. Amaro is among a small group of finalists for the first base coaching position.


On the same day that the Phillies have reportedly hired Matt Klentak as their new general manager comes this interesting nugget from Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe:

Assuming the news is true, it would be quite a change of pace for Amaro, who was fired as Phillies general manager in September. Amaro has worked strictly in the front office since his playing career ended in 1998, first serving as assistant general manager with the Phillies before replacing Pat Gillick as general manager in November of 2008. Still, he has expressed interest in managing and this could get him started down that road.

Arnie Beyeler served as Boston’s first base coach/outfield instructor from 2013-2015, but his contract was not renewed for 2016.

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.”