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Padres owner calls the team “pathetic” “an embarrassment” and a “miserable failure”

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The Padres are 20-33 and sit in last place in the NL West. They’re not just losing, though. They’re losing particularly ugly, getting blown out. Their offense is third to last in the NL and their pitching is the fifth worst in the league. On top of it all, they aren’t really in a great rebuilding posture right now, as they still have a lot of older big-name players on the roster and the payroll.

So, Ron Fowler. You own the team. What do you think of all of this? What? You told Ken Rosenthal of Fox exactly what you think of all of this? That’s grand!

“It’s been embarrassing. I don’t know how else to put it,” Fowler said. “Our performance on the road trip, 1-7, was pathetic.”

He went on to call the team a “miserable failure” and “an embarrassment.” He went on to say that he was happy with manager Andy Green and praised GM A.J. Preller for building the player development side, but noted that the big signings and trades the team made haven’t panned out.

I guess if no one is having the finger pointed at them too sharply such comments can be viewed as a passionate owner blowing off steam. But when owners blow off steam, people often get canned. Not sure working for the Padres would be a very fun thing right now.

Cards’ Yadier Molina says he tested positive for COVID-19

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St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina says he’s one of the players on the team who tested positive for COVID-19.

The nine-time All-Star revealed his results Tuesday in a Spanish-language Instagram post. Soon afterward, the Cardinals issued a release naming six of the players who have tested positive.

The others are infielders Paul DeJong, Edmundo Sosa and Rangel Ravelo along with pitchers Junior Fernandez and Kodi Whitley.

“I am saddened to have tested positive for COVID-19, even after adhering to safety guidelines that were put in place,” Molina said in a release issued by the team. “I will do everything within my power to return as soon as possible for Cardinals fans, the city of St. Louis and my teammates.”

Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said Monday that seven players and six staff members had tested positive. At the time, Mozeliak said the people to test positive hadn’t been identified publicly because they had declined to have their names released.

The Cardinals said Tuesday that six players had decided to grant permission to have their names revealed.

“I will approach my healing as I do all other things in my life – with education, commitment, and persistence. I look forward to re-joining the team soon and ask that you respect my privacy at this time,” DeJong said in a statement released by the team.

The outbreak resulted in the postponement of the Cardinals’ scheduled three-game weekend series at Milwaukee as well as a four-game series with Detroit that was supposed to run Monday through Thursday. The Cardinals have played just five games this season and are hoping to return to action Friday hosting the Chicago Cubs.

As of now, the Cardinals who have tested positive have returned home while the rest of the team remains isolated in Milwaukee hotel rooms. Their last game was July 29 at Minnesota.

Mozeliak said Monday that five of the 13 overall members of the Cardinals’ traveling party to test positive were asymptomatic. The other eight had minor symptoms including headaches, coughs, sniffles and low-grade fevers. Mozeliak said none of the eight had required hospitalization.

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