Earlier this week, Philadelphia Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto made headlines for remarks he made regarding Canada’s COVID-19 jab mandate.
The 3x All-Star couldn’t make the trip with his team to Toronto due to being unvaccinated against COVID-19.
Realmuto isn’t the only MLB player sitting out games in Toronto due to Trudeau’s COVID-19 jab mandate.
10 Kansas City Royals players must sit out the series against the Blue Jays for being a pureblood athlete.
“Ten Kansas City Royals players, including four of their top hitters and two of their best starting pitchers this season, will not travel to Toronto this week for the four-game series with the Blue Jays because they have not received the COVID-19 vaccination,” ESPN reported.
— DailyNoah.com (@DailyNoahNews) July 15, 2022
The Kansas City Royals will be without 10 of the 26 players on their active roster for their four-game series in Toronto due to Canadian restrictions on travelers who aren't vaccinated against COVID-19. The series begins Thursday. https://t.co/2RDczc0SpK
— CBS News (@CBSNews) July 14, 2022
Canada’s ridiculous, anti-science discrimination against unvaccinated travelers is going to prevent 10 players on one MLB team from playing in Toronto
Hard to believe anyone is still tolerating these useless, offensive travel bans https://t.co/BU7zpjMJF1
— Ian Miller (@ianmSC) July 14, 2022
The vaccine requirement for border crossing into Canada will affect outfielder Andrew Benintendi, super-utilityman Whit Merrifield, catcher MJ Melendez, first baseman/outfielder Hunter Dozier, right-hander Brad Keller, right-hander Brady Singer, center fielder Michael A. Taylor, outfielder Kyle Isbel, reliever Dylan Coleman and catcher Cam Gallagher.
“At the end of the day, it’s their choice,” Royals president of baseball operations Dayton Moore told reporters Wednesday. “It’s what they decide to do. And we’ve always been an organization that promotes and encourages individual choices. Unfortunately, some of this affects the team. We’re disappointed in some of that, but we realize it’s part of the game and part of the world we live in. We’re just really looking forward to providing these players an opportunity who are getting a chance to play in Toronto.”
Players who are unvaccinated and don’t make the trip to Toronto are placed on the restricted list and forfeit service time and salary for the four games missed.
Outkick provided commentary:
This ludicrous policy is now having real, significant impacts on the competitive landscape in MLB.
Vaccine mandates never made sense, but they’re even more absurd now in 2022 after conclusive evidence has emerged that vaccine and booster effectiveness is near or below 20%.
Preventing anyone from traveling due to vaccination status is anti-science and unconscionable discrimination, let alone athletes who will be in the country for only a few days.
These are young and healthy men who are at no significant risk from the virus and have made a personal decision that has no impact on the health and well being of others. Preventing them from playing in Toronto is completely unjustifiable.
Canada, of course, has banned unvaccinated travelers since summer 2021 and yet saw newly reported COVID cases rise 11200% by early January 2022. There is no demonstrable benefit to these types mandates, and yet out of arrogance, incompetence and an inability to admit mistakes, they continue.