At least five Yankees coaches have tested positive for COVID, according to ESPN’s Marly Rivera. The news comes just a month after the team reportedly reached an 85% player vaccination rate that allowed them to remove most distancing regulations for the team.
Major League Baseball is now expected to make an announcement in the coming hours, and we wonder: will they tighten regulations and disincentivize getting vaccinated? If so, then fans can expect the same down the road.
At least 5 Yankees coaches have tested positive for COVID-19, sources tell ESPN. https://t.co/UsxRihOXfB— Marly Rivera (@MarlyRiveraESPN) May 11, 2021
This is a “players” vaccination rate, so we have no knowledge on the percentage of coaches who got the vaccine. MLB is surely doing the digging on that information as we speak, and if most have, then we’re looking at groundbreaking news. The COVID vaccine wouldn’t be as reliable as they said.
But science says the players, if vaccinated, should have nothing to worry about. If the vaccine works, then those coaches will be back in a couple weeks due to their own personal choice, and the players should remain unaffected. There’s no reason to tighten regulations because of a few positive tests when all of baseball continues to beg us to “do our part” and roll up our sleeves.
Those in MLB needs to do their part and follow the science they claim to believe in. We’ll know how serious they are about science if they decide to postpone the Yankees-Rays series that starts tonight at 4:10 pacific.