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Braves’ ballpark likely to get new name soon

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News broke this morning that BB&T bank will buy SunTrust Bank creating the sixth largest bank in the country. That’s probably interesting to their customers, their likely worried employees and to bank regulators. It’s at least somewhat interesting for baseball too, in that the Braves play in SunTrust Park and after this merger there likely is not going to be a SunTrust Bank, at least in name, any longer.

I presume that the new entity will keep the naming rights deal post-merger, but there is no word what the new bank’s name is going to be yet. Part of me wants it to just be National Bank™ or Metropolitan Bank™ with bank executives insisting on the Braves playing in a park that sounds like the name of one of their division rivals, but we’re probably not going to be that lucky. Maybe it’ll be some made-up word like “Altria” or “EasBanCo” or something dumb. Can’t wait for Chip Caray to lean into that name during the pregame intro.

All I’ll say is that if the Braves had eschewed the few million they’re getting in naming rights, did the right thing and named the place Henry Aaron Field (“The Hank”), they wouldn’t have to go changing signs next winter. No one asks me these things, though.

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.”