We haven’t posted any of these for a while, but it’s a slow news day. How slow? I just read all of Bert Convy’s Wikipedia page. Where I learned that he and Burt Reynolds had a production company in the 1980s called “Bert and Burt Productions.” I can imagine them on the set of “Cannonball Run” hashing out the ideas for this. Gives a guy chills, frankly.
- Detroit Tigers Minor League left-handed pitcher Drake Britton has received a 50-game suspension without pay after testing positive for Amphetamine, a stimulant in violation of the Program. The suspension of Britton, who is currently on the roster of the Triple-A Toledo Mud Hens of the International League, is effective immediately.
- St. Louis Cardinals Minor League second baseman Luke Doyle has received a 100-game suspension without pay following his refusal to take a drug test. The suspension of Doyle, who is currently on the roster of the rookie-level Johnson City Cardinals of the Appalachian League, is effective immediately upon the completion of his current suspension.
I’ve never understood the drug test refusal. It’s the same penalty anyway and at least if you take the dang test you stand a chance of slippin’ by. Kids.
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.”