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Report: Eric Chavez favored to replace Mike Scioscia as Angels manager

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USA Today’s Bob Nightengale reports that former big league third baseman Eric Chavez is favored to be the next Angels manager. That is, if Mike Scioscia does not stay in the job. Whether he does or not is currently unclear.

A month ago Ken Rosenthal reported that Scioscia would not return for his 20th season at the helm. Scioscia denied that report, but it’s unclear if the matter is in his hands. Given that last week he told Terry Smith of KLAA that that he’d like to continue managing beyond 2018, I’d guess that it’s not in his control. There has been no definitive word from Angels’ brass either way.

Chavez, who retired after the 2014 season, is a special assistant with the Angels. Before that he was a special assistant with the New York Yankees, both under current Angels GM Billy Eppler who used to work for the Yankees. Chavez managed the Angels’ Triple-A team in Salt Lake City for the final month of this season after their manager was promoted to the big league coaching staff. An audition? A coincidence? I guess we’ll find out soon.

Scioscia, who turns 60 in November, took over the Angels before the 2000 season. In his third year the Angels won the World Series and his clubs have made the postseason seven times in his 19 seasons. He was named the AL Manager of the Year in 2002 and 2009. The Angels have not finished over .500 since 2015, however, despite employing the best player in baseball.

Some think it’s time to move on from Scioscia. Whether the Angels think so will likely not be clear until the season is over next week.

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.”