Howard Bryant of ESPN reported this morning that Claudell Washington, who played for seven teams in a seventeen-year big league career, has passed away at the age of 65. Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reported that Washington had been in declining health for several years.
Washington, a native of Berkeley, California, came up in the Oakland A’s system, making his big league debut at age 19 in 1974. He’d take part in that postseason, playing in the ALCS and the World Series, where he went 4-for-7 while helping Oakland defeat the Los Angeles Dodgers in five games. In only his second season he was an American League All-Star, hitting .308/.345/.424 while stealing 40 bases for the A’s, once again helping them win their division before they lost the 1975 ALCS to the Red Sox.
The A’s would trade Washington to the Rangers before the 1977 season, he’d be traded to the White Sox a little over a year later, and then would be dealt to the Mets where he’d finish out the second half of the 1980 season before hitting free agency. Once a free agent he’d sign with the Atlanta Braves where he enjoyed his longest tenure, manning the outfield in Atlanta from 1981 through the middle of the 1986 season, playing a key role in their 1982 NL West championship and making the All-Star team again in 1984.
The Braves traded Washington to the New York Yankees for Ken Griffey midway through the 1986 campaign. He’d stay in New York through 1988, play with the Angels for 1989 and part of the 1990 season before finishing his career back in the Bronx for 33 games in late 1990.
Overall Washington hit .278/.325/.420 with 164 career home runs and 824 RBI over 1,912 games in 17 seasons.
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.”