Buck Showalter of the Mets speaks to Chris Bassitt after being tested for COVID-19 and comments: ‘Free to express himself’

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One day after New York Mets pitcher Chris Bassitt called Major League Baseball’s COVID-19 protocol “ridiculous”, his manager upheld the right of his pitchers to speak their mind.

Mets manager Buck Showalter addressed Bassitt’s comments ahead of New York’s 5-2 loss to the Miami Marlins on Friday night, telling reporters that Bassitt was allowed to have his own thoughts.

New York Mets manager Buck Showalter (11) watches an MLB game between the New York Mets and the Arizona Diamondbacks on April 24, 2022 at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona.

New York Mets manager Buck Showalter (11) watches an MLB game between the New York Mets and the Arizona Diamondbacks on April 24, 2022 at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona.
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“I talked to him, we talked to Chris,” Showalter said, according to The New York Post. “Everyone is entitled to their opinion. I’m not going to get into any political matters. He can freely express himself as a human. We spoke to him. I will stop there.”

On Thursday, Bassitt caused a bit of a stir by questioning MLB COVID-19 protocols after returning from IL due to positive test for COVID-19.

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“It’s funny that we’re still doing this,” Bassit said of MLB’s COVID-19 protocols via SNY. “Stop testing this. Stop acting like COVID is worse than a lot of other things. I’m not trying to go into details, but I’ve never been sick, I’ve never had symptoms. a week with zero symptoms, I don’t know.”

Chris Bassitt #40 of the New York Mets against the Milwaukee Brewers during a game at Citi Field on June 14, 2022 in New York City.  The Mets beat the Brewers 4-0.

Chris Bassitt #40 of the New York Mets against the Milwaukee Brewers during a game at Citi Field on June 14, 2022 in New York City. The Mets beat the Brewers 4-0.
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Bassitt told the Mets that he tested positive for COVID-19 on July 1 after taking a home test and was not allowed to return to the team until he tested negative, which was Thursday.

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Bassitt told reporters Thursday he had no symptoms and regretted telling the Mets he tested positive.

Chris Bassitt #40 of the New York Mets against the Milwaukee Brewers during a game at Citi Field on June 14, 2022 in New York City.  The Mets beat the Brewers 4-0.

Chris Bassitt #40 of the New York Mets against the Milwaukee Brewers during a game at Citi Field on June 14, 2022 in New York City. The Mets beat the Brewers 4-0.
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“Now they’re coming out and saying we could get tested, we could get positive a few times a month,” Bassitt added. “So we have to miss a few times – I think the answer is: I never should have said anything. I should never have said I tested positive and I probably won’t for the rest of my career. no reason. “

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Bassitt was strong in his return to the mound Friday night, allowing just two earned runs in 6.1 innings. However, the Mets only achieved five hits and two runs, losing the second of their four-game streak against Miami.