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Diamondbacks fire GM Dave Stewart and manager Chip Hale

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The Diamondbacks have fired GM Dave Stewart and manager Chip Hale, the club announced on Monday. The news comes as no surprise as the Diamondbacks had another disappointing season, finishing at 69-93 despite adding Zack Greinke and Shelby Miller, among others, going into the 2016 campaign.

Stewart in particular received criticism for the Miller trade with the Braves, which cost the club 2015 No. 1 overall pick Dansby Swanson as well as pitching prospect Aaron Blair and outfielder Ender Inciarte. Miller battled mechanical woes and an injury, finishing 3-12 with a 6.15 ERA and a 70/42 K/BB ratio in 101 innings. He was even demoted to Triple-A during the second half.

In two seasons as the manager of the D’Backs, Hale went 148-176 (.457).

The fate of D’Backs chief baseball officer Tony La Russa is still not yet known, though he has been on the hot seat just as much as Stewart and Hale. According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the club is still trying to determine what role he will have going forward.

Phillies COVID testing reports no new positives

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Phillies COVID testing results revealed no new positives for the fourth straight day, the team announced this morning. As a result, they will resume their schedule tonight against the Yankees.

It’ll be the first game for the Phillies since last Sunday’s game against the Marlins. The Miami outbreak prompted the Phillies’ season to be shut down, but the lack of positive tests beyond team staff that had more direct contact with the visiting Marlins is an encouraging sign. The Phillies COVID testing strongly suggests that cross-team infection from on-the-field activity is not a significant problem. This could bode well for, say, the Brewers, who have been idled a few days due to the outbreak emerging on their would-be opponents this past weekend, the St. Louis Cardinals.

All of this, of course, puts the Phillies well behind their usual schedule. They’ve played just three games and have had minimal baseball activity in the past eight days. Whether that shows up in the performances of Jake Arrieta and Aaron Nola, tonight and tomorrow night’s starters, respectively, will be worth watching.

All in all, though, the Phillies COVID testing results are good news. And folks, we could use some good news right now.

UPDATE: The Marlins are negative too: