Horrible news hit the Boston baseball and media world yesterday as veteran Boston Globe columnist Nick Cafardo died suddenly at the age of 62. Cafardo was at Jet Blue Park in Fort Myers when he suffered an embolism. The Red Sox medical team was unable to revive him.
As soon as the news of his passing began to circulate an outpouring of grief, sentiment and remembrances emerged from the baseball and baseball media world. Cafardo was uniquely beloved in that world. While I only met Cafardo a couple of times and only spoke with him briefly, I can attest, based on what others said about him to me in the past, that that sentiment about him is not merely a function of people saying nice things about someone who has passed. He was kind, friendly, funny, helpful and engaging. He was likewise an excellent reporter and writer.
Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora addressed the team on this morning. His full comments can be read here, at NBC Sports Boston. In short, he told the players to enjoy themselves on the field and to celebrate Cafardo’s life just as Cafardo enjoyed the game of baseball and covering the game of baseball. The Red Sox also placed a dozen roses at Cafardo’s seat in the press box. The Orioles sent a dozen donuts, which Cafardo would’ve appreciated.
For a fuller portrait of Cafardo the man and the reporter, check out the Globe’s coverage, the column from Cafardo’s longtime friend and colleague, Dan Shaugnessy, and a video tribute from NESN.
Rest in peace, Nick Cafardo. And best wishes and condolences to his family, friends, colleagues and loved ones.
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.”