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Mark Reynolds announces his retirement

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Mark Reynolds appeared on SiriusXM’s Mad Dog Sports Radio today and announced that he was retired.

Reynolds was released by the Rockies last July and never caught on anyplace else, so it’s likely that his career was going to over whether or not the 2020 season had started on time, but today was the first time he’d made any sort of announcement that he was done, telling Chris Russo, “I’m retired, actually . . . I guess that’s breaking news on your show. I haven’t really told anybody.”

Reynolds played for 13 seasons, hitting 298 homers for the Diamondbacks, Orioles, Indians, Yankees, Brewers, Cardinals, Nationals and Rockies. His best seasons came for the Diamondbacks, where he averaged 32 homers in his five seasons, including a 44-homer campaign in 2009. At around the same time he went on a four-year stretch where he led the league in strikeouts every year from 2008 through 2011. In so doing, he became one of the first players to truly symbolize an era in which what were once thought of as extreme strikeout totals and extreme home run totals became the norm.

Happy trails, Mark. You will definitely be a first ballot inductee to the Hall of Hey Remember That Guy? He Had an Interesting Career, Didn’t He? Yeah, He Really Did.

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.”