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Sunday, October 24, 2021

Opinion: Atlanta Braves make unfortunate anti-vaccine statement with Travis Tritt as NLCS national anthem singer

Stick to sports? Not when you’re inviting country artist Travis Tritt to sing the national anthem before Game 6 of the NLCS on Saturday at Truist Park, as a tweet from Tritt himself confirmed.

Normally, the choice of national anthem singer or who throws the first pitch is a trivial honor that suggests little about what any sports organization values. And Tritt, who grew up in the nearby suburb of Marietta, is a lifelong Braves fan who has sung the national anthem there many times going back to the 1990s.

But for the Braves to choose Tritt as the performer for this particular game, after this particular week, can only be interpreted as a middle finger to the segment of its fan base that stands on the side of science and an endorsement of the kind of misinformation that keeps the COVID-19 pandemic going strong.

Though Tritt was a big country star with several hits and Grammy Awards in the 1990s, part of his act these days – and perhaps most of his relevance – revolves around extreme right-wing politics on Twitter.


RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 24, 2021 at 06:52 PM | 56 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, vaccines

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

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

Wednesday, May 05, 2021

NY lifting capacity limits for vaccinated Mets, Yankees fans

New York state is lifting occupancy limits for vaccinated fans attending Mets and Yankees games as part of the major reopening push, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday.

The new rules allow vaccinated fans, as well as their children under age 16, to sit in special seating sections at Yankee Stadium and Citi Field in the Bronx and Flushing, respectively. The fans would still be required to wear face coverings.

Unvaccinated fans attending the games will be seated in sections with a 33% occupancy limit and a six-foot social distance rule.

Further, fans will be offered a COVID-19 vaccine at the stadiums, and those taking the shot will receive a free ticket to a game, Cuomo said.

“It’s on your way. Stop and get your vaccine,” he added.


RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 05, 2021 at 12:25 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: vaccines



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