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Friday, October 08, 2021

MLB fined 140 players for mask violations in 2021. Every appeal was denied, irking some players

Major League Baseball this season issued about 240 fines to about 140 players for failure to properly wear a face mask, people with knowledge of the process said. Although players routinely appealed the fines to the commissioner’s office, none have been overturned in a hearing, irking some players and their agents. In some instances, players have argued that their mask was down because they were taking a drink of water, but MLB has not been swayed. (Some fines, though, have been rescinded prior to hearings.)

Players were to receive a warning for at least a first violation, while subsequent violations brought a fine of $1,000, then $2,500, then $5,000. The general ability to issue discipline was agreed to by both MLB and the Players Association. MLB and the MLBPA declined comment.

The appeals process is the same that’s employed for on-field violations of more routine sorts, such as intentionally throwing at an opposing player. If the fine is up to $1,000, MLB’s senior vice president of on-field operations, Michael Hill, handles the appeal. For fines above $1,000, MLB’s John McHale, a special assistant to the commissioner, hears the case. Ultimately, the league office has sole discretion as to whether to reduce a penalty.

“We’re talking about tens of thousands, maybe $100,000 that are at stake here for players,” a player agent said. “The appeal’s heard by the guy who issued the fine.”...

In June, MLB dropped face-mask requirements for players who have been vaccinated, leaving the fines for the unvaccinated players.

“It essentially amounts to a bit of a witch hunt for unvaccinated players,” said the agent, who said he is a proponent of players getting the vaccine.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 08, 2021 at 10:21 AM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: coronavirus

Wednesday, October 06, 2021

MLB plans COVID-19 vaccine mandate for minor-league players in 2022


Major League Baseball is finalizing a policy that would require all minor-league players to be vaccinated before the 2022 season, Yahoo Sports has learned. It’ll be the latest in a series of vaccine mandates that MLB and teams have rolled out recently to cover more and more people within the baseball world.

The commissioner’s office requires all employees to be vaccinated and some teams, starting with the Washington Nationals and Houston Astros, have done the same — mandating that all non-playing full-time employees get the vaccine or receive a medical or religious exemption. Several executives like Nationals VP Bob Boone resigned over the requirement, while other employees who refused were fired or quit.

As first reported by The Athletic, MLB required “managers, coaches, athletic trainers and other non-playing personnel” of playoff teams to get at least the first dose of the vaccine before Oct. 4 in order to gain access to restricted areas, like the field, during the postseason. Most recently, MLB informed teams that all players who plan to participate in the Arizona Fall League later this month. A source told azcentral that some rosters were adjusted to account for the mandate, the first of its kind to apply to players themselves.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 06, 2021 at 05:16 PM | 80 comment(s)
  Beats: coronavirus, minor leagues, vaccines

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Anti-vax baseball coach from Miami files religious discrimination complaint against MLB team

Two minor league baseball coaches with the Washington Nationals — one of them from Florida — have filed religious discrimination complaints after they say they were fired for refusing to get COVID-19 vaccines.

Larry Pardo, of Miami, and Brad Holman, of Wichita, Kansas, filed complaints with the U.S. Equal Opportunity Employment Commission, alleging the baseball franchise violated “their rights to free expression and observation of their sincerely held religious beliefs.”

The EEOC complaints were filed Friday by their Miami attorney, Alexander Fox. The complaints are expected to lay the groundwork for a federal lawsuit.

The coaches are but two of a growing number of Americans who are seeking to obtain religious exemptions from getting the vaccines, as more governments and companies have begun to mandate inoculations.

The Nationals last week terminated the contracts of Holman, 53, who was a minor-league pitching coordinator, and Pardo, 55, who coached in the Florida Complex League, a rookie-level league affiliated with major-league clubs. Both men joined the Nationals in 2018.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 22, 2021 at 03:28 PM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: coronavirus, nationals

Friday, September 10, 2021

MLB denies telling Red Sox to stop COVID testing following Hunter Renfroe’s comments

As the Red Sox tried desperately to keep a COVID-19 outbreak contained as best they could over the last few weeks, the MLB handed down a mystifying recommendation, according to outfielder Hunter Renfroe.

Renfroe, who appeared on WEEI’s Merloni and Fauria show Thursday following his heroic performance in Wednesday’s win over the Rays, said the league told the Red Sox to stop testing in the middle of their outbreak.

“The MLB basically told us to stop testing and just treat the symptoms,” Renfroe said. “And we’re like, ‘No, we’re going to figure out what’s going on and try to keep this thing under control.’”

The hosts called Renfroe’s attention back to his comments to confirm, which he did twice.

The MLB quickly denied Renfroe’s claims, telling The Boston Globe‘s Julian McWilliams on Thursday afternoon that the Red Sox outfielder “is completely wrong and inaccurate.”

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 10, 2021 at 11:05 PM | 41 comment(s)
  Beats: coronavirus, hunter renfroe, red sox

Wednesday, September 01, 2021

Al Leiter, John Smoltz won’t appear at MLB Network studios after refusing vaccine

Hall of Famer John Smoltz and former Met and Yankee Al Leiter will no longer appear in-studio for MLB Network after refusing to take the COVID-19 vaccine, The Post has learned.

MLBN has made it mandatory for all employees to be vaccinated, with the mandate going into effect Sept. 1. MLBN executives, Smoltz and Leiter made a compromise to keep them on-the-air, but not in the Secaucus studios. They will both appear remotely for the shows.

Smoltz will also still call a Division Series game on site in October. The two are regular in-studio analysts for the network.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 01, 2021 at 12:27 AM | 153 comment(s)
  Beats: al leiter, coronavirus, john smoltz

Saturday, August 28, 2021

Sources: Houston Astros, Washington Nationals first MLB teams to mandate vaccine for nonplaying employees

The Houston Astros and Washington Nationals have mandated that all nonplaying full-time employees receive the COVID-19 vaccine, the first two teams in Major League Baseball to make vaccination a condition of employment, sources told ESPN.

The Astros were the first team to require compulsory vaccination and did so with their major league team as well as the three minor league teams they own, according to a source familiar with their policy.

Earlier this month, the Nationals told employees they would need to show proof of vaccination or offer a medical or religious exemption from receiving the vaccine. The deadline to provide proof was Thursday.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 28, 2021 at 07:15 AM | 60 comment(s)
  Beats: coronavirus, vaccines

Monday, August 23, 2021

Blue Jays to require proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test for fans, staff

With an eye in part to increasing capacity at Rogers Centre, the Jays are announcing Monday that proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test result will be required fans hoping to attend the final 12 games of the season.

Looking to create a safer experience for spectators — while also urging the government to bump the current limit of fans at the dome from 15,000 — the new measures will come into effect for the final two homestands of the regular season.

The measures will also apply to team and stadium staff.

Fans aged 11 and under just need to be accompanied by a parent/guardian who adheres to the policy.

“I would hope that we’re able to increase capacity as soon as it’s safe to do so,” Anuk Karunaratne, the Jays vice-president of business operations, said in an interview with the Toronto Sun. “That’s going to ultimately get determined by public health boards provincially and municipally. My hope is that it would be sooner rather than later.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 23, 2021 at 10:29 AM | 107 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, coronavirus, covid-19, vaccines

Thursday, July 15, 2021

Boston Red Sox vs. New York Yankees game postponed after multiple Yankees test positive for COVID-19

he Yankees’ post-All-Star break opener against the Boston Red Sox on Thursday night was postponed because of positive COVID-19 tests among New York pitchers Jonathan Loaisiga, Nestor Cortes Jr. and Wandy Peralta.

Aaron Judge, Kyle Higashioka and Gio Urshela are also in COVID-19 protocols, sources told ESPN’s Buster Olney.

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said earlier Thursday that tests for three players were still pending, but he did not name them. He said he assumes the tests will come back positive.

All the Red Sox All-Stars who were in Denver have been asked to undergo additional testing on Thursday because they were told a Yankees All-Star had tested positive, sources told ESPN’s Marly Rivera.

Judge, Gerrit Cole and Aroldis Chapman all participated in the All-Star festivities this week.

“It’s a fluid situation that could spread. It has spread to some degree,” Cashman said. “We have three positives and we have three pending that we’ve had rapid tests on. ... We’ll wait now for the lab tests to come back, which I’m assuming is going to be positive, as well. So that would increase our number to six, but we’re not at six yet. We’re at three confirmed.’‘

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 15, 2021 at 10:05 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: coronavirus

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Padres players Fernando Tatis Jr., Wil Myers test positive for COVID-19, at least 3 other players out for contact tracing

The San Diego Padres announced a roster move on Tuesday before their game in Colorado due to “health and safety protocols.” And later during the game, two players were removed.

Earlier in the day, it was announced that star shortstop, Fernando Tatis Jr. along with Jurickson Profar and Jorge Mateo all were placed on the injured list.

Padres manager Jayce Tingler announced that Tatis Jr. had tested positive for COVID-19 saying he was currently asymptomatic. Profar and Mateo were both close contacts.

During Tuesday’s game against the Colorado Rockies, players Wil Myers and Eric Hosmer were removed and it was later confirmed by Tingler that Myers tested positive for COVID-19 and Hosmer was removed for contact tracing.

No additional details were available and no timetable was given for when any of the players may be available to return to action.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 12, 2021 at 10:52 AM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: coronavirus, padres

New York Yankees 3B coach Phil Nevin, 1B coach Reggie Willits positive for COVID-19

New York Yankees third-base coach Phil Nevin and first-base coach Reggie Willits have tested positive for the coronavirus, the team said Tuesday.

Nevin’s status was announced before Tuesday night’s road game against the Tampa Bay Rays. Willits’ positive case and that of a staff member were confirmed after the Yankees’ 3-1 win. Manager Aaron Boone also said the team is waiting for more results.

Two additional cases are considered inconclusive but are expected to be ruled as positives, a source told ESPN, which would bring to five the number of coaches and support staff members who are positive. ESPN earlier reported that there were five positive cases among the coaching staff.

“We’re doing all we can to stay healthy. A little bit of a skeleton staff but nothing we can’t handle,” Boone said before Tuesday’s game.

A team spokesman said Nevin, Willits and the staff member are fully vaccinated.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 12, 2021 at 09:28 AM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: coronavirus, yankees

Sunday, April 25, 2021

These 25 Players Opted Out Of MLB In 2020. How Are They Doing In 2021?

Obviously, all of these trends come with the usual small-sample caveats for early-season baseball stats. But on average, the opt-out players are playing more2 than they did in 2019 and producing more value3 (with an average of 1.5 wins above replacement4 per 162 games, compared with 1.0 in 2019). Some of that is skewed by Michael Kopech, who missed all of the 2019 season with Tommy John surgery. But even without including Kopech, the average 2020 opt-out has seen his WAR per 162 essentially stay steady from 2019 (1.1) to 2021 (1.3). We don’t know if rust will eventually set in, but it hasn’t yet, by and large.

Of course, some have struggled early in their returns. Most notably, that group includes a quartet of pitchers (Shelby Miller, Collin McHugh, David Price and Joe Smith) and Brewers outfielder Lorenzo Cain, who was hitting just .154 before going to the injured list with a strained quad. But others have returned from the year away with few signs of deteriorating skills.

Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman struggled to an uncharacteristically poor season (90 OPS+) even as Washington was winning the World Series in 2019. This year, he is hitting much more like his old self (129 OPS+). The same goes for Giants catcher Buster Posey, who had the worst full season of his career in 2019 but is currently playing at his best WAR-per-162 pace since 2017. The year of rest appears to have helped Posey recover from a hip injury that ended his 2018 season and affected his performance even a year later.,

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 25, 2021 at 10:38 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: coronavirus

 

 

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