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Miles Mikolas tries to pull off infamous A-Rod slap

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Remember way back in the day when Alex Rodriguez was a bad guy? That was fun. One of the top items on his evil résumé back then was the time he tried to slap his way out of being tagged out at first base during the 2004 ALCS. In case you somehow missed that, here you go.  Dude was raked over the coals for that.

The stakes were nowhere near as high in yesterday’s Cubs-Cardinals game — and Cardinals pitcher Miles Mikolas was way, way more subtle about it all than A-Rod was — but he totally tried to slap second baseman David Bote‘s glove as he was covering first. You’ll get your best look at it at around the 45 second mark:

Javier Báez was charged with a throwing error on the play, but I can’t help but think that Bote had a better shot at scooping up the errant throw if he wasn’t interfered with. It’s also quite possible, though, that Mikolas beats the throw even if Bote comes up with it. Still: interference is interference and Mikolas should’ve been called out and Matt Weiters should’ve been send back to second base. Joe West totally missed it, of course.

It ended up not mattering, as Kyle Hendricks pitched out of the jam and the Cubs won, but it was still a violation of the rules.

 

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.”