Whit Merrifield Receives COVID-19 Vaccine, Can Now Play at Blue Jays Home Games

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Newest Toronto Blue Jay Whit Merrifield has been vaccinated against COVID-19 and can now play in his team’s home games.

Canada does not allow unvaccinated people into the country, preventing dozens of MLB players from playing against the Blue Jays at Rogers Center in Toronto, including Merrifield in July.

A country’s vaccination legislation may or may not have played a role in who the Blue Jays hoped to acquire by the due date. But Merrifield seemed to understand the opportunity and wanted to play in his team’s most important games as the postseason approached.

Kansas City Royals Whit Merrifield doubles during the 11th inning of a game against the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim, California on June 21, 2022.

Kansas City Royals Whit Merrifield doubles during the 11th inning of a game against the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim, California on June 21, 2022.
(AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

“I’ve been realizing for a couple of weeks now that it might be possible. I’ll be in Toronto when the team goes there,” Merrifield said via MLB.com.

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In July, Merrifield said that he thought a lot about vaccinations and came to the conclusion that he would not receive it. But he said he always kept his thoughts open, referring to playing important games in Canada.

“Based on experience, conversations and what I saw, I came to this conclusion,” Merrifield said at the time. “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. go to Canada.

Whit Merrifield of the Kansas City Royals during a fight against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on July 3, 2022 in Detroit.

Whit Merrifield of the Kansas City Royals during a fight against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on July 3, 2022 in Detroit.
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“This may change in the future. If something happens and I get on a team that has a chance play in canada in the postseason, maybe that will change. But as we’re sitting here right now, I’m happy with my decision. My teammates support me, and the rest of the guys here who have made the same decision. That’s all.”

ROYALS PRESIDENT APOLOGIES TO WHIT MERRIFIELD FOR COMMENTS MADE WHEN EXPLAINING THE VACCINE DECISION

Merrifield was one of 10 Royals who recently did not travel to Toronto for the four-game series due to vaccination status.

Another of these players was Andrew Benintendi, which the New York Yankees acquired last week. Before making this deal, the Bronx bombers were 100% vaccinated.

Benintendi said he remains “open-minded” about the vaccine. As of last week, Benintendi and manager Aaron Boon have not spoken about the situation.

Andrew Benintendi of the Kansas City Royals speaks with teammate Whit Merrifield during a game against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on July 6, 2022 in Houston.

Andrew Benintendi of the Kansas City Royals speaks with teammate Whit Merrifield during a game against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on July 6, 2022 in Houston.
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Yankees may face the Blue Jays in the postseason and they will travel to Toronto in September. 26-28.