Nationals reliever Daniel Hudson went on paternity leave for the birth of his and his wife’s third child, causing him to miss Game 1 of the NLCS against the Cardinals. Fortunately for the Nationals, they did just fine without him, winning 2-0 as Sean Doolittle slammed the door in the ninth inning.
When news of Hudson’s absence hit, he received plenty of criticism from fans, both of the Nationals and those just following the playoffs. We’ve seen the criticism in the past as well, but it carried extra spice because it’s the postseason. One of Hudson’s critics is David Samson, the former president of the Marlins. Samson tweeted, “Unreal that Daniel Hudson is on paternity list and missing game 1 of #NLCS . Only excuse would be a problem with the birth or health of baby or mother. If all is well, he needs to get to St. Louis. Inexcusable. Will it matter?”
A former front office executive taking an anti-player stance? Quelle surprise.
Doolittle had a terrific response to Hudson’s critics. Per The Athletic’s Britt Ghiroli, Doolittle said, “If your reaction to someone having a baby is anything other than, ‘Congratulations, I hope everybody is healthy,’ you’re an asshole.”
Hudson also had a great response. He said, “My family is top priority for me. I heard somebody say one time, ‘Baseball’s what I do, it’s not who I am.’ And kind of once you have kids, or once I had kids, it really resonated with me.”
Hudson returned in Game 2, getting the final two outs of the game to secure the Nationals’ 3-1 win to put them up two games to none in the series, which continues on Monday night in Washington, D.C.
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.”