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Pirates hire Derek Shelton to be their new manager

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The Pittsburgh Pirates’ search for a manager is over: they have hired Derek Shelton.

Shelton, 49, was the bench coach for the Minnesota Twins the past two seasons. In 2017 he was the quality control coach of the Blue Jays. Before that he was the Rays’ hitting coach from 2010 to 2016 and before that he was the hitting coach of the Indians, holding that job from 2005 until 2009.

Shelton replaces Clint Hurdle, who managed the Pirates for nine seasons. And he steps into a team with a new general manager and team president, at the early stages of a rebuild.

Good luck, Derek!

 

Phillies COVID testing reports no new positives

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Phillies COVID testing results revealed no new positives for the fourth straight day, the team announced this morning. As a result, they will resume their schedule tonight against the Yankees.

It’ll be the first game for the Phillies since last Sunday’s game against the Marlins. The Miami outbreak prompted the Phillies’ season to be shut down, but the lack of positive tests beyond team staff that had more direct contact with the visiting Marlins is an encouraging sign. The Phillies COVID testing strongly suggests that cross-team infection from on-the-field activity is not a significant problem. This could bode well for, say, the Brewers, who have been idled a few days due to the outbreak emerging on their would-be opponents this past weekend, the St. Louis Cardinals.

All of this, of course, puts the Phillies well behind their usual schedule. They’ve played just three games and have had minimal baseball activity in the past eight days. Whether that shows up in the performances of Jake Arrieta and Aaron Nola, tonight and tomorrow night’s starters, respectively, will be worth watching.

All in all, though, the Phillies COVID testing results are good news. And folks, we could use some good news right now.

UPDATE: The Marlins are negative too: