Major League Baseball is reportedly tightening its COVID-19 protocols for the 2021 playoffs.
According to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal, all non-playing personnel must be COVID-19 vaccinated to gain access to the field and other restricted areas during the postseason. Rosenthal added that those who are currently unvaccinated can gain access to the restricted areas by receiving the first dose of the Moderna vaccine before Oct. 4th.
A mystery manager on a contending team, however, is on verge of huge issues as that person remains unvaccinated as of Saturday.
“One MLB manager on a contending team remains unvaccinated, and to participate in the postseason and be near players, MLB says managers, coaches, staff must get an mRNA shot by Oct. 4 and have 2nd scheduled,” reported MLB insider Jon Heyman. “That manager has to make a decision.”
Last month, the Washington Nationals and Houston Astros became the first MLB franchises to impose a vaccine mandate for non-playing, full-time employees.
The MLB postseason begins on Oct. 5.