A lot of people tell me to stick to sports and to leave politics out of it. I get that and I have tried to ratchet back a bit here compared to the way I used to be. I mean, on Twitter I’m still a full-on obsessive and I’m probably insufferable, but in this space I’ve made an effort to limit it to stories where there is a clear, relevant connection between the social/political matter at issue and baseball.
Like any addict, though, I’m prone to backsliding. When you offer up a story about the GM of the New York Yankees signing a letter endorsing Donald Trump’s latest Supreme Court nominee it’s like putting a bottle of Colonel Kwik-E-Mart Kentucky Bourbon in front of Lionel Hutz. From the Daily News:
The Yankees GM signed a letter endorsing Brett Kavanaugh, the conservative stalwart who if confirmed by the Senate will further shift the court to the right in the midst of Justice Anthony Kennedy’s sudden departure from the bench . . . Cashman and Kavanaugh attended Georgetown Prep at the same time in the 1980s, along with current Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch.
That last sentence is a reminder that, for all of our talk about ours being a classless society, the country is run, more or less, by a group of people who went to the same half dozen prep schools and who, if they all met up at once, could fit into a Double-A baseball stadium.
Anyway: don’t tell me to stick to sports when Brian Cashman won’t.
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.”