Last yeat Tigers pitcher Daniel Norris got a lot of press by virtue of his living in a Volkswagen camper van. He’s not the only one eschewing stationary housing. Nick Piecoro reports on Diamondbacks reliever Andrew Chafin who likewise lives in an RV.
It’s a pretty different deal that Norris’, however. Chafin lives in a big fifth wheel (the large kind that is pulled from the bed of a pickup). My parents were full-time RVers until very recently and, depending on the model you get, those things can be pretty fancy. My folks had two freakin’ bathrooms, leather recliners, flat screen TV and a dang kitchen island. Even if Chafin’s isn’t quite as ridiculous as my retired old parents’ fifth wheel was, it’s still likely a pretty nice setup.
Relative luxury aside, it’s still a distinctly different experience than that of most big league players who live in fancy houses or downtown condos. And certainly makes being traded or something a lot easier. The only downside is that if Chafin is traded, I won’t get to write a “Wanna buy Andrew Chafin‘s House?” post here. He’ll just hook it up to the pickup and roll on to the next town.
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.”