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Sandy Alderson returns to the Oakland Athletics

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The Oakland Athletics just announced that they have hired Sandy Alderson as Senior Advisor to Baseball Operations.

Alderson, you may or may not know, was the A’s general manager from 1983 to 1997. It was he, more so than Billy Beane, actually, who those in the know credit with coming up with the central philosophy of “Moneyball,” as he was forced to do the best he could for a low revenue club. And he did a dang good job of it too, as the A’s won four division titles, three pennants and the 1989 World Series during Alderson’s tenure.

After leaving Oakland Alderson went to work for Major League Baseball until 2005. He then took the San Diego Padres CEO job. After that it was teaching, consulting and working for Major League Baseball again and then, in 2010, taking the Mets general manager job. Alderson stepped down last year amid a fight against cancer, but it was recently reported that he was in remission, which is obviously great news.

And, given his experience and savvy, it’s great news for the A’s that he has returned to where his career in baseball began.

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.”