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Sport MLB to require vaccinations for players to participate in Arizona Fall League

05:35  21 september  2021
05:35  21 september  2021 Source:   mlbtraderumors.com

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Major League Baseball will require non- player team personnel, including managers and coaching staff members, to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to gain access to the field and other restricted areas this postseason, reports Ken Rosenthal of the Athletic (Twitter links). The league ’s vaccination mandate does not directly impact players . Any potential player vaccination mandate, either on the part of MLB or specific teams, would need to be agreed upon with the MLB Players Association, perhaps as part of talks regarding the upcoming collective bargaining agreement.

Major League Baseball will require that all non- playing personnel be vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to access the field or any other restricted area in the playoffs, The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal reported on Friday night. The decision does not apply to players . While the decision is now league -wide, it will be nothing new for several teams who have already implemented similar vaccine mandates in recent months. Both the Washington Nationals and the Houston Astros required that full-time employees get vaccinated , and the Orioles said that all employees must be vaccinated by the

Major League Baseball is requiring players to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to participate in the Arizona Fall League, reports Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic. It marks the first instance of an MLB vaccination mandate directly affecting players.

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Last week, Ken Rosenthal of the Athletic reported that MLB was mandating vaccinations among non-playing team personnel in order for those individuals to be granted access to the field during postseason play. That requirement did not apply to players, as any sort of vaccine mandate for MLB players would need to be agreed upon with the Players Association. MLB can and has attempted to encourage vaccinations among big leaguers by loosening health and safety protocols for teams that fully vaccinate 85% of Tier 1 personnel.

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Major League Baseball will require non- player team personnel, including managers and coaching staff members, to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to gain access to the field and other restricted areas this postseason, reports Ken Rosenthal of the Athletic ( Twitter links).

Major League Baseball is scheduled to open spring training camps in Arizona and Florida in less than a month's time. Yet on Monday, a Cactus League task force comprising the league 's executive director and a number of Arizona government officials sent a letter to commissioner Rob Manfred requesting that spring training be delayed in Last week, leaders of all eight Cactus League cities and the tribal community had the opportunity to meet with Major League Baseball representatives and provide an update on our efforts as the February reporting date for Major League Baseball players approaches.

The Arizona Fall League is an annual prospect showcase that takes place after the conclusion of the standard minor league season. It is operated by MLB. Teams send a contingent of players at various minor league levels to the AFL in order to log extra playing time. The caliber of player assigned to the league is also highly variable, but it’s not uncommon to see at least a few of the league’s most promising prospects participate.

It’s possible a few players on MLB 40-man rosters will be tabbed for Fall League action. Those players are members of the MLBPA, but Piecoro notes that the Fall League is generally treated as a minor league, making a MLB vaccination mandate for players permissible. That naturally raises the question whether MLB could consider a vaccination mandate for all affiliated minor leagues next season even if the MLBPA doesn’t agree to a mandate at the big league level. There’s no indication that’s presently the league’s intent, but one executive opined to Piecoro the Fall League vaccine mandate might wind up being a precursor to similar measures for minor leaguers during next year’s Spring Training.

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There's no better setting for evaluating prospects than the Arizona Fall League .Entering its 27th year, the AFL features six teams that are composed of players from all 30 Major League organizations. It offers the unique opportunity to gauge young talent against competition that usually is superior to what they experienced. The large contingent of highly touted prospects participating in this year's Fall League means there will be plenty of future big leaguers to observe on any given day during six-week season. The 10 players below, however, are the ones I most look forward to seeing when the Fall

Per Jon Heyman of MLB Network, MLB said that all managers, coaches, and staff must receive an mRNA vaccine by October 4, 2021 and have a second dose vaccination appointment scheduled in order to participate in the MLB postseason. Major League Baseball officially announced the 2021 Roberto Clemente nominee’s on Tuesday morning, and the representative for the New York Mets is unsurprisingly first baseman Pete Alonso. The Roberto Clemente award is MLB ’s prestigious philanthropic honor. The award is presented annually to the player who best represents the game

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