It was a tough day for the Kansas City Royals when it was announced that 10 of their players wouldn’t be able to play in a road series towards the Toronto Blue Jays as a result of they’re unvaccinated, however arguably the bottom second got here from one of many franchise’s clubhouse leaders.
Two-time All-Star Whit Merrifield was among the many many gamers who defined their resolution after the information broke, however he was the one one who implied the choice was conditional on enjoying for a contender:
From Anne Rogers of MLB.com:
“Right or wrong, I didn’t do it on a whim. It’s been a long thought process. Because I understand what Canada has in place right now. That’s the only reason that I would think about getting it at this point, is to go to Canada. That might change down the road. Something happens and I happen to get on a team that has a chance to go play in Canada in the postseason, maybe that changes. But as we sit here right now, I’m comfortable in my decision, my teammates support me, support the rest of the guys in here who have made that decision, and that’s that.”
Merrifield noticed a predictable quantity of criticism for acknowledging the 35-53 Royals’ lack of competitiveness performed a position in a resolution that impacts his well being and the well being of these round him. “He is not a winning player. None of these scientists in baseball pants are,” was one comment from Sports Illustrated’s Stephanie Apstein.
Royals president of baseball operations Dayton Moore informed Apstein he believed Merrifield, who’s at present hitting 240/.292/.343 with 5 dwelling runs, wasn’t alone in not bothering with the vaccine so long as the Royals are within the AL Central basement.
A day later, Moore discussed the situation on The Program with Soren Petro and stated he was “disgusted” when he heard Merrifield’s feedback, however revealed Merrifield had apologized for how he defined the choice:
“It’s very difficult at times to articulate feelings and emotions. Sometimes, it just comes out wrong. When I first heard that, I was very disappointed. Pretty disgusted, truthfully. But I also know that’s not who Whit is. And as I communicated with Whit about that, he made it very clear he was sorry for how that came out. I have to accept that and move on. I’m not going to kick him when he’s down, because I do know what Whit Merrifield has meant to our team, the great work he does in this community and I just think it was a very poor choice of words.
“He’ll be taught from that and all of us will. It’s unlucky, however we have gotta attempt to transfer on from it . Whit will get a chance to debate that assertion in some unspecified time in the future in time.”
Moore confirmed that Merrifield would be made available to discuss his statement after the All-Star break. He also expressed doubt that the player broke a streak of 553 consecutive games played with a phantom toe injury days earlier to avoid public scrutiny.
The Royals formally positioned their 10 gamers, together with many key staters, on the restricted checklist Thursday forward of their first recreation in Toronto, with the team’s Twitter account subtly scolding them in the process.
Funnily sufficient, the Royals then received their first recreation towards the Blue Jays 3-1, regardless of that includes 5 Triple-A gamers and three Double-A gamers on their roster.