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Bob Boone, Exec For The Nationals, Resigns Over Team’s Vaccine Mandate

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Bob Boone, Vice President of the Washington Nationals for the past 16 years, resigned his position after the team enacted a severe COVID-19 ultimatum for unvaccinated personnel: get vaccinated or get out.

Faced with the team’s rigid stance on vaccination, Boone declined. He realized that exploring new opportunities at 71 sounded like a deal sweeter than molasses on popcorn.

An anonymous tip informed the Associated Press on Wednesday that Boone and the Nationals were at an impasse over the Vice President’s decision to forego the shot. The franchise previously informed personnel about the vaccination mandate and gave them the deadline of Aug. 26 to supply proof that they had received at least one dose.

Bob — the father of Aaron Boone, present manager of the New York Yankees — served as a manager prior to joining the Nationals front office. Boone led the Kansas City Royals from 1995-97 and the Cincinnati Reds from 2001-03.

During his 19-year stretch as a catcher for three ball clubs — Philadelphia Phillies, California Angels, Kansas City Royals — Boone nabbed four All-Star honors and was a seven-time Gold Glove award recipient.

The Nationals released an official statement regarding Boone’s dismissal, reinforcing that the organization’s policy applies to executives and team personnel alike: “As a company, we have a responsibility to do everything we can to keep one another safe and felt that mandating vaccines was the absolute right thing to do for our employees and our community.”

An MLB VP gets the boot over not being vaccinated … what a time.

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Written by Alejandro Avila

Alejandro Avila lives in Southern California and previously covered news for the LA Football Network. Guided by Kevin Harlan on one shoulder, Eli Manning on the other, Alejandro joins the OutKick community with an authentic passion for sports, pop culture, America, and episodes of Jeopardy!

 

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  1. We’re hearing about “mandated vaccinations”… but as we’re learning that boosters are “necessary” – when are org’s going to require “X booster” then “Y booster”??? THIS NEVER ENDS – NON-COMPLIANCE IS THE ANSWER!

  2. Hell yeah. A guy that won’t be bullied into being a lab rat. Bravo Bob! I have a ton of respect for anyone who stands their ground and won’t compromise his or her beliefs. We need more people to take stands like this. These stupid COVID rules will only stop when enough people push back.

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