Some Diamondbacks news this fine Friday morning:
Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that the club has offered their third-base coach position to former Nationals manager Matt Williams. Williams, of course, has longstanding ties to the Diamondbacks. He was a member of the inaugural Dbacks club in 1998 and finished his playing career with Arizona in 2003, picking up a 2001 World Series ring along the way. He likewise coached, served as a broadcaster and was a minority owner/vague front office person for the Dbacks before going to Washington.
In other Dbacks news, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports that today they will announced a uniform change. It won’t be radical — the colors and logos are staying the same — but the design will be refreshed. As long as there isn’t any purple, teal, pinstripes or vests I figure it’ll be cool. That brick red they use (or whatever they call that red) is pretty solid.
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.”