Tim Healey of Newsday reports that the New York Mets have reached a minor league deal with catcher Bruce Maxwell. The deal is pending a physical.
Maxwell’s name has been in the news a lot lately by virtue of his having been the first major leaguer to kneel during the national anthem back in 2017. At the time he was on his own — and anonymous executives in the game cited his protest as a reason why he would be unable to find future employment in baseball. In recent days, of course, several ballplayers have taken a knee following a significant shift in attitudes about such protests in the wake of the killing of George Floyd.
In the event, the 29-year-old catcher hasn’t had played since the 2018 season when he was let go by the Athletics following his having pleaded guilty to charges of disorderly conduct in connection with an incident in which he was accused of pointing a gun at a delivery person’s head.
Maxwell, a career .240/.314/.347 hitter in 412 plate appearances, will not be joining the Mats regular roster. Rather, he will work out at the Mets’ alternate training site.
A doubleheader between the St. Louis Cardinals and Detroit Tigers this week is being postponed to allow more time for additional COVID-19 testing.
MLB opted to postpone Thursday’s doubleheader to continue additional testing while players and staff are quarantined before the team returns to play. More details about the Cardinals’ resumption of play will be announced later this week.
The Cardinals had a series against Pittsburgh set to start on Monday postponed after a weekend series against the Cubs was scrapped due to three positive coronavirus tests.
St. Louis had two more players and a staff member test positive for the virus on Friday and have had eight positive players overall, including star catcher Yadier Molina.
There have now been 29 games postponed by Major League Baseball because of coronavirus concerns. The Cardinals have not played since July 30 and have had 15 games scrapped.
Miami and Philadelphia each had seven games postponed earlier and have returned to the field since the disruptions.
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