Ruben Amaro Jr. on becoming a Red Sox coach: “One thing kind of led to another”

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Seemingly the entire baseball world was caught by surprise when former Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. took a job as the Red Sox’s first base coach after spending nearly two decades as a GM or assistant GM in Philadelphia.

Amaro and Red Sox manager John Farrell are former teammates and Corey Seidman of CSNPhilly.com reports it was Farrell who “reached out to Amaro to gauge his interest” in coaching.

As for what convinced Amaro to take the job, the ex-GM had some interesting quotes:

I guess it is unusual. But for me, I’ve always had kind of an itch to be back on the field. Clearly I had the great opportunity to work in the front office in Philadelphia for many, many years, but all the while, I guess, when you sit from that seat, there’s an observation–and as a player for many years–it’s always been something I’ve thought about quite a bit. And I was afforded a wonderful opportunity when John called about eight or ten days ago. One thing kind of led to another and here I am.

Amaro became an GM at a very young age and he’s still just 50 years old, giving him time to potentially make a run at becoming a manager if he enjoys coaching. In the meantime he’ll coach first base, help the Red Sox’s outfielders, and throw ambidextrous batting practice.

It’s a fascinating change in direction that is very uncommon, but if Amaro truly wanted to get out of a front office career track and get into a coaching or managing career track his options were joining Farrell’s staff or trying to find a job in the minors.

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.”