MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy reports that a man was apprehended shortly after breaking into Miller Park, home of the Brewers, on Tuesday morning. The Brewers said the man caused “minor damage” to the playing field.
In a statement, the Brewers said, “At approximately 7 AM this morning, an unarmed individual illegally entered Miller Park and gained access to the playing surface. He was apprehended a short time later by law enforcement after causing minor damage to the field. As this involves an ongoing investigation, we unfortunately cannot provide additional details at this time.”
According to someone McCalvy spoke with, the break-in is believed to be isolated and not in any way related to the ongoing nationwide protests following the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police.
Michael Kopech has opted out of the 2020 season. The White Sox starter informed the team of his decision today, and the team issued a press release to that affect a few minutes ago.
The statement from general manager Rick Hahn. said “we recognize that reaching this decision is incredibly difficult for any competitive athlete, and our organization is understanding and supportive. We will work with Michael to assure his development continues throughout 2020, and we look forward to welcoming him back into our clubhouse for the 2021 season.”
Kopech, 24, has only four big league starts under his belt, all coming in late August and early September of 2018, but after a strong spring training he was likely to make Chicago’s rotation at some point in the 2020 season after sitting out all of 2019 following Tommy John surgery. Kopech was among the players sent to Chicago from the Red Sox in the Chris Sale trade back in December 2016. Others involved in the deal included Yoán Moncada, Victor Diaz, and Luis Alexander Basabe.
Now, however, Kopech has opted out.