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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.

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.”