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Joey Votto: “Until [Mike] Trout came into the league, I thought every year that I would be in the conversation for best player in the game.”

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With a 1-for-4 performance in Sunday’s regular season finale against the Cubs, Reds first baseman Joey Votto officially ends the 2016 campaign batting .326/.434/.550 with 29 home runs, 97 RBI, and 101 runs scored in 677 plate appearances. It’s quite a good season, but Votto knows his place in baseball: behind Mike Trout.

Votto was complimentary of the Angels’ outfielder. Per Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer:

Personally, until (Mike) Trout came into the league, I thought every year that I would be in the conversation for best player in the game and he f—–d that up for everybody. Babe Ruth and Ted Williams included. He’s ruining it for everyone.

Votto isn’t wrong. Trout entered Sunday’s action with 10.4 WAR, easily the best mark in baseball and his second 10-WAR season according to Baseball Reference. Among position players dating back to 1901, Trout is one of only 12 players with multiple 10-WAR seasons.

Trout has 9.3 WAR according to FanGraphs and 47.6 total since he debuted in 2011. Miguel Cabrera has the next-most WAR in that span of time, at 34.8.

Thankfully, there’s enough room to recognize both how great Trout is and how great Votto is. Votto, by the way, was the first to hit over .400 in the second half since Ichiro Suzuki in 2004, as MLB’s Stat of the Day Twitter account notes.

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.”