David Price introduced by the Red Sox, takes number 24

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We’ve known David Price and the Red Sox had a deal in place for several days now, but it only became official as of this afternoon. That’s when Price’s physical came back hunky dory and the team made the formal announcement of the signing. If this was, say, 1950, today may have been the first day you would have heard about it. Thank God we don’t live in 1950 anymore.

Apart from the press conference quotes — and you know how those go; everyone wants to win a championship; money had little to do with all of this, etc. etc. — the only thing left to know is what uniform number Price will be wearing. He’s always worn 14 in the past, but it’s retired for Jim Rice.* So Price went with something with an equally-rich history in Boston:

 

You may remember that number from Dwight Evans. Or, if you’re too young for Dewey, Manny Ramirez. Each of whom were Hall of Fame-worthy, I might add. Evans was wrongfully jobbed of the honor because Hall of Fame voters are dumb. Ramirez jobbed himself out of it, one presumes, due to his PED use. Either way: both were Boston Red Sox greats and now Price joins them in 24-ness.

I assume some people will have a problem with him wearing 24. As a guy who is on record hating that the Tigers let other people wear Alan Trammell’s number 3 and Lou Whitaker’s number 1, I can certainly sympathize. But the Sox don’t retire numbers absent a Hall of Fame induction. Even if the Hall of Fame totally blew it on the would-be inductees. So here we are.

*Originally I wrote that Hanley Ramirez has and Carl Crawford had 14. Because I’m a moron. I don’t know. They wear/wore 13.

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.”