Good morning, Athletics Nation!
It’s a new day, and the 2020 MLB season is still going. The Miami Marlins are fully on pause after a major outbreak on the team, but for now they’re an isolated case and no other club has been affected. We’ll see if that can continue.
In the meantime, there’s still baseball happening, and that means ongoing player transactions. In one of the latest, a former Oakland Athletic found his way back to affiliated ball after a couple years out of the loop. The New York Mets signed catcher Bruce Maxwell to a minor league contract, reported Tim Healey of Newsday on Tuesday.
Of course, Maxwell is currently best known for being the first MLB player to kneel in protest during the national anthem, which he did back in 2017, a year after Colin Kaepernick started the social reform movement in the NFL. No other major leaguer followed suit until this summer. After that 2017 season, he made headlines again when he was arrested for a weapons charge. For more on his history, the only thing you need to read about him is this profile by Howard Bryant of ESPN.
Coming off all that, Maxwell underperformed in 2018 and was let go by the A’s at the end of the year. He hasn’t played in the majors or minors since, but is still just age 29. There are no official minors for him to play in right now, but the point is he’s at least employed by a team again, which is the first step.
Maxwell isn’t the only former Athletic finding a job this week. Reliever Fernando Rodney is nearing a deal with the Houston Astros, reports Adam Spolane of Sports Radio 610. The 43-year-old Rodney last played for the Washington Nationals in 2019, with whom he pitched against the Astros in the World Series en route to a championship. The 2020 Astros have recently lost starter Justin Verlander and relievers Ryan Pressly and Joe Biagini from their staff due to injuries.
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Yesterday Game Highlights
Tuesday: Loss! Instead of reliving it, here’s some Hat Caper, which is much easier when it’s on your personal screen instead of up on Diamond Vision.
Did you guess correctly? (we have no way of knowing if you tell the truth but honor system OKAY EVERYONE?!) pic.twitter.com/MYnC9ezJ7e— Oakland A's (@Athletics) July 29, 2020
Best of Twitter
Marlins have had four additional players test positive, sources tell The Athletic.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 28, 2020
But this is much more promising
In statement about all the changes perhaps this is most vital from MLB release: In over 6,400 tests conducted since Fri, July 24, there have been no new positives of on-field personnel from any of the other 29 Clubs. In other words only #Marlins have been positive.— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) July 28, 2020
Still, smart move
In team vote, vast majority of Nationals players voted against going to Miami for three-game series this weekend, sources tell The Athletic. Decision will rest with MLB.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 28, 2020
So when finalized, likely today, this is outcome:— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) July 28, 2020
1. #Marlins not playing b4 Mon
2. #Phillies not playing b4 Fri
3. #Yankees at #Orioles on Wed/Thurs
4. #Nationals off for the weekend because Marlins were supposed to the opponent.
Mental blocks are a known thing with Davis, so hopefully he just needs to work past this one
Melvin on Khris Davis: "Just pressing some. If you're watching his BP it's good, but it's got to transfer to the game, so it's just a little bit of a struggle for him right now. He's going through a tough stretch." He hasn't said whether Davis will have a day off anytime soon.— Alex Coffey (@byalexcoffey) July 29, 2020
Joe Ross is all of us
Joe Kelly Versus The Astros pic.twitter.com/oUtw0fU1NC— Mad Choriyama (@MadChoriyama) July 29, 2020
Dusty Baker said Joe Kelly told Carlos Correa "nice swing, bitch" following the strikeout.— Chandler Rome (@Chandler_Rome) July 29, 2020