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MILWAUKEE–Brewers baseball operations temporary baseball fence president David Stearns answered Sunday’s media concerns as things continued to change quickly in the Major League Baseball response to the national emergency triggered by the coronavirus pandemic.
Below are some of the key comments from the session: Stearns: Before we get into the meat of what everyone would ask me, and I really appreciate the interest in what we’re doing, the interest in our game, the interest in the Brewers below, I think it’s important for all of us as a group to note that this is a global health pandemic. We now have a state health emergency in our country. We are entering our country certainly in a very difficult economic time. We have places in our region and our country where kids are unable to go to school right now, where kids are not having hot meals at school right now, and a whole host of other consequences of this pandemic. I completely understand that the Brewers are interested, there’s an interest in baseball, and I’ll do my best to answer all your questions. I just hope that as we move forward here, and some of the questions about baseball and sports in general, the entertainment industry in general, will subside, that everybody can do their part to really support what’s going to be a really difficult period in our culture and possibly around the world over the next few weeks.
How was it like doing the day to day shift?
Stearns: We had never seen it before, operationally. There are a whole host of things that we are working on right now. First of all, this list of issues guarantees that all of our employees, including our players, including our coaches, are healthy including our medical staff, front office staff, our part-time staff temporary baseball fence and temporary workers. We have 300 employees and we must ensure that they all have a safe place to work in. That was the problem at the top point, then.
• How coronavirus affects Brewers, MLB Besides that, we definitely have baseball players in the Major League and baseball players in the Minor League who start a season somewhere. And we need to think about how to ensure that if that happens they are thoroughly educated.
How is logistics, then? Where are you, where are Craig Counsell and his coaches and where are the players?
Stearns: I guess, as you guys know, players have been given three options: they couldstay in Arizona with access to our complex, they could go to Milwaukee and have access to the Milwaukee facility or they could go home. Players continue to be in the decision taking process. It looks like we’ll have a third of our Major League players here in Phoenix, probably about a third in Milwaukee and then a third heading south, based on the numbers I’ve got.
I’m in California, now. I’ll go back to Milwaukee as soon as I can, but we’ve got to make sure the project is working here for now. Major League coaches are or may be returning to their hometowns. That’s true for all of our players— Major League and Minor League. We have locally living coaches in Arizona including [bullpen coach] Steve Karsay, [bench coach] Pat Murphy, [assistant hitting coach] Jacob Cruz and [first-base coach] Jason Lane, as well as numerous Minor League coaches. If they want to do the, the players here will get access to coaching. Craig lives in Milwaukee and as you guys said, [third-base coach] Eddie Sedar will be in Milwaukee. [Bullpen catcher] Marcus Hanel lives in the Milwaukee area. Therefore, there we will also have trainers for players who want to work out at our gym in Milwaukee. Yet the coaches will be best practice in their hometowns. I think that reflects what [MLB] is trying to get away from, full team practices: show up at 9 a.m. At buildings. And go out to the game to work out. The League’s major stars also have access to our gym but we don’t really get the same organized workout. Players need to come along. To some extent, I suppose we will be working here in Phoenix in a skeleton shape. We’ll certainly have some workers to make sure players are healthy. Many players will come in to work out, but not everyone is used to the complete, formalized Spring Training workouts.
So what of National League teams?
Stearns: All our Major League players were sent overseas. Most of them, I suppose, could go home, and they wanted to go home. We only have a very small number of Minor League players living here. There are some special cases players from countries that might not be able to go back to right now. Plays in a few cases where the safest place to be is just this. Therefore players have to remain in those circumstances here. In the next couple of weeks we are working on what they’ll look like.
After a Yankees Minor Leaguer became the first player in professional baseball confirmed to test positive for COVID-19 has that changed anything for clubs?
Stearns: I think if you’ve been paying attention to all the warnings that we’ve been receiving from public health officials over the past couple of days, it’s an inevitability to get someone positive about our game check. Oh, I don’t think it has surprised anyone that it happened.
Did any of the Brewers players or staff get sick?
Stearns: None of our players or personnel tested positive for COVID-19. We follow all CDC protocols, and some indications, other interactions are required in CDC protocols to get a test. We follow all of the CDC protocols and at this point we are very assured that nobody in our camp has tested COVID-19 positive.
How did the Clubs communicate with MLB temporary baseball fence?
Stearns: Things are going really quickly of course, and since night the NBA has been postponing its season. That’s clearly the night everyone quickly got caught up. The Commissioner’s Office holds at least once a day calls with the principal owner of each club from what I can see, and they also have at least once a day calls with the head of baseball operations for each team, and that’s turned into multiple calls each of the last several days. They do whatever it takes to keep us updated. But this too is new for them. I think everyone knows more every day and everyone is doing their hardest to get together the best working protocols possible.
What preventive procedures are in place at Miller Park and American Family Fields in Phoenix?
Stearns: This coming week, both here in our [Arizona] system and at Miller Park, we are going through a rigorous deep clean for the entire network. Occasionally it will cause certain parts of our facilities to be closed at both locations as we pass the process. In our network we screened surfaces in the spring for various concentrations of bacteria. It’s actually a process we began a couple of years ago, but in the last few weeks we have certainly ramped it up here. Our levels only dropped because of the precautions we were taking. temporary baseball fence We have done everything possible to keep our facility clean and working. We are also very aware that epidemiologists and the best public health officials we have right now warn strongly about large congregations of people, so I think it was probably a wise step to allow people to go their own way.
Who happens to Major League personnel outside of camp roster temporary baseball fence?
Stearns: We’re having a wide variety of conversations on those subjects, on staff, including Minor League players, who were traditionally unpaid before games began. Which includes part-time staff, hourly workers, players in the Minor League. We have plenty of these. There are discussions that are going to continue. We understand that this is a issue that affects large segments of our community, both within and outside our organization. So we’re going to do whatever we can to make it smart. I am very confident that our organization will do everything in its power to help our community through this. I’m pretty sure that when we get back to work, when we get back to Miller Park, when we turn on the lights and start playing games, we’re going to be very welcome and the whole community in Wisconsin needed some diversion.