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Kansas and Missouri fight over who can claim the Royals at the Republican convention

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My favorite part of the big political conventions is when each state, as is custom, gives a little spiel about how amazing their state is and why just before it names its nominee. For example, Kentucky talks about how all the great bourbon comes from Kentucky. Michigan talks up the auto industry and the great lakes. Ohio, well, I’m not sure what Ohio says, but I’m sure it has something to do with how everyone lives here at some point but then moves away for very understandable reasons and they suppose it’s nice enough a place to be from even if it’s rather boring to actually live here.

While other parts of the conventions aren’t so wonderful — maybe I’m in the minority in not being a big fan of party leaders calling for the summary extrajudicial jailing and/or killing of one’s political opponents – but the little state speeches are all show and theater and a little bit of fun.

In their runup to nominating Donald Trump at the Republican National Convention yesterday, the speaker from the Great State of Kansas (they’re always “The Great State of [whatever]”) called Kansas “home of the greatest fans of the reigning World Series champions, the Kansas City Royals.” That rankled the Missouri delegation, who said, “Kansas, I love you, but Missouri is the home to the World Series champion Kansas City Royals.”

Like so much else at a political convention, this little dispute involved people speaking past one another in an effort to make the point they wanted to make while not really listening to the other side. Maybe the best Royals fans ARE in Kansas! Who is to say?  Meanwhile, we can all agree that they play in Missouri. Like so much in the world of politics, maybe this isn’t actually a dispute!

All I know is that it wasn’t too terribly long ago that the Missouri people probably would’ve let this one go and just talked up their love of the Cardinals, forgetting about the little American League team way over there on the left side of the state. How things have changed.

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.”