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Rafael Palmeiro, 54, signs an independent league contract

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Back in December, Rafael Palmeiro, who last played major league baseball in 2005, told Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic that he was thinking about trying to return to the majors. We all had a laugh — it was a very Uncle Rico-in-“Napoleon Dynamite”-kind of deal — but, obviously, that was and is never going to happen.

Palmeiro is now 54 and he still wants to play baseball. He’s just a lot more realistic about it than he was a few months back. From the Dallas Morning News:

Palmeiro said Tuesday night that he had agreed to play for the Cleburne Railroaders of the independent American Association where he will team with his oldest son, Patrick. Cleburne is scheduled to open it’s season on May 18 against the Winnipeg Gold Eyes.

For what it’s worth, Cleburne is about 40 miles south of Fort Worth.

This is not the first time Palmeiro has suited up to play with his son. Back in 2015 he played for the indy Sugar Land Skeeters.

He’s not hurting anyone. Heck, he’s probably helping the Cleburne Railroaders.

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.”