Royal family president says Whit Merrifield ‘apologies’ for comments made while explaining vaccine decision

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Kansas City Royals without 10 players in a four-game series against the Toronto Blue Jays due to Canada’s COVID-19 vaccine laws.

While Royalists found a way to win The first game of the series on Thursday, a lot was made due to some of the comments made by the players who didn’t intend to go.

Royals second baseman Whit Merrifield caused quite a stir on Wednesday when he said if he was on a playoff-struggling team, he might consider getting vaccinated.

Andrew Benintendi #16 of the Kansas City Royals speaks to Whit Merrifield #15 of the Kansas City Royals during a game against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on July 6, 2022 in Houston, Texas.

Andrew Benintendi #16 of the Kansas City Royals speaks to Whit Merrifield #15 of the Kansas City Royals during a game against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on July 6, 2022 in Houston, Texas.
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“Based on experience, conversations and what I have seen, I have come to this conclusion,” Merrifield said on Wednesday. “Right or wrong. I didn’t do it on a whim. It’s been a long thought process because, again, I understand what’s in Canada right now. Canada.

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“This may change in the future. If something happens and I get on a team that has a chance to play in Canada in the postseason, maybe that will change. But as we’re sitting here right now, I’m comfortable. with my decision. My teammates support me and the rest of the guys who made the same decision. That’s all”.

#15 Whit Merrifield of the Kansas City Royals kicks off a double play against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on July 7, 2022 in Houston, Texas.

#15 Whit Merrifield of the Kansas City Royals kicks off a double play against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on July 7, 2022 in Houston, Texas.
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This did not sit well with club fans or Royals baseball team president Dayton Moore, who addressed Merrifield’s comments on The Program radio show in Kansas City.

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“Sometimes it’s very difficult to express feelings and emotions, and sometimes it just doesn’t work out right,” Moore said on Thursday. “When I first heard it, I was pretty disappointed and pretty disgusted, to be honest. But I also know Whit is not like that. And when I started talking to Whit about it, he made it very clear that he was sorry about that, and I have to accept that and move on.

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“And I’m not going to kick him when he falls, because I know what Merrifield meant to our team, what a great job he does in our community, and I think that was just a very poor choice of words.”

No. 15 Kansas City Royals fielder Whit Merrifield fielding in the 5th inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on July 5, 2022 in Houston, Texas.

No. 15 Kansas City Royals fielder Whit Merrifield fielding in the 5th inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on July 5, 2022 in Houston, Texas.
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Merrifield is a two-time All-Star with a .248 in 84 games. 2022 Major League Baseball regular season.

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The Royals continue their streak against Blue Jays Friday Night the first inning is scheduled for 7:07 pm ET.