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Yankees, Mets react to NYC being set to lift vaccine mandate for pro athletes

The New York Yankees and the New York Mets respond to the city of New York’s decision to abolish the vaccination requirement for professional sportsmen.

The Yankees’ and Mets’ lack of anxiety over New York City’s private-sector vaccination requirement turned out to be well-founded in the end.

They will all be permitted to play at home once the season starts in two weeks, whether or not they have been vaccinated.


According to The Washington Post, Mayor Eric Adams is expected to announce a relaxation of the workplace vaccination rule on Thursday, providing for an exception for professional sportsmen and artists who perform in local venues.


If the rule had not been altered before the April 7 game in the Bronx and the April 15 game in Queens, several unvaccinated Yankees and Mets may have been forced to miss their respective home games, as has happened with Nets star Kyrie Irving during the NBA season.


No official figure exists for the number of players who have not been vaccinated by the Yankees and Mets, but several stars have lately refused to declare their vaccination status as anxiety increased over Adams’ insistence that his choices would not be determined by the baseball calendar. Baseball players Aaron Judge, Anthony Rizzo, and Joey Gallo on the Yankees and Jacob deGrom, Pete Alonso, Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, and J.D. Davis on the Mets were among those who refused to reveal if they had been vaccinated against the H1N1 flu virus.

When questioned about the lifting of the restriction, Judge said, “I’m glad Kyrie will be able to play some home games.”


He went on to say that he wasn’t very worried about how it would affect the Yankees.


I wasn’t very concerned about that, as I’d previously said to you,” Judge added. The field is bustling with activity, and I have a lot of things to accomplish.” If the requirement isn’t there, that’s OK with Kyrie, and it will assist the Nets a little bit.”


Aaron Boone did not want to speak about the situation until it was made public by the authorities.


“We’ll see,” says the author. Boone shared his thoughts. “I’m not going to comment on any rumours or conjecture.” “Hopefully, this will not be a problem for us.”


After receiving word last week that the vaccination requirement would apply to the New York Yankees and New York Mets, both organisations adopted a “wait and see” attitude, hoping that the laws might change before the start of the season. In addition, the Yankees’ club president, Randy Levine, was involved in the negotiations with City Hall and other authorities.

“We’ll deal with that as it comes,” Mets manager Buck Showalter said when asked about the requirement during Tuesday night’s broadcast. There are folks in our city who are being asked to perform a certain thing, and we don’t anticipate any — when everything checks up and they tell us what to do, we’ll make the necessary modifications.” The reason we’re where we are makes perfect sense to me, and we’re mindful of the measures that have been put in place to safeguard the public.”


COVID-In New York City, the number of reported cases has increased somewhat in recent days, although not quite to the amount that it did over the winter months.


The Yankees had more than 85 per cent of their Tier 1 employees (which includes players, coaches, and other staff who have a direct connection to players) vaccinated last season, when the NYC private-sector rule was not yet in effect, according to the team. According to a recent article from The Washington Post, the Mets had a 77 per cent vaccination rate among Tier 1 workers, but only roughly 55 per cent of the players were vaccinated at some time last season.


Barring a reversal of Canadian border rules, the Yankees might still be without unvaccinated players for their nine games in Toronto this season. Manager Aaron Boone said last week that “at the very least a couple of players” were still without vaccinations and that the situation in Toronto was a “worry.”

Major League Baseball players who do not have the required vaccinations would be unable to compete in Toronto under the present rules and regulations. Rather than placing such players on the restricted list, it is expected that clubs would instead use the authority granted by the new collective bargaining agreement to deduct salary and service time from their accounts.

Mike Bennett

Mike Bennett is a Sports Journalist at Flaunt Weekly

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