Royals’ Whit Merrifield apologizes for COVID-19 vaccine comments

Royals’ Whit Merrifield apologizes for COVID-19 vaccine comments

Whit Merrifield tried to backtrack from his feedback on the COVID-19 vaccine on Friday, calling them “poorly articulated” previous to the Royals’ first sport of the second half in opposition to the Rays.

The outfielder and second baseman missed the staff’s journey to Toronto previous to the All-Star break, saying, “If it was doing what it was alleged to do and stopping the unfold of COVID, [then] I might have slightly extra willingness to take it, nevertheless it’s not doing that.”

“I’m sorry that I poorly articulated the purpose I used to be making an attempt to make,” Merrifield instructed reporters on Friday. “It’s an uncomfortable subject and I began rambling on and making an attempt to make some extent about my ardour for successful that had no relevance to the subject that was being mentioned. For that I’m actually sorry.”

Merrifield additionally apologized for saying he could be extra more likely to get vaccinated if traded to a contender.

Whit Merrifield is considered one of 10 Royals gamers who’s unvaccinated.Getty Pictures

“I didn’t say folks misunderstood it, I poorly articulated the purpose I used to be making an attempt to say,” Merrifield mentioned. “If what was standing between me and the playoffs was this vaccine, I might contemplate getting it. I didn’t say I might get it for one more staff or wouldn’t get it for this staff, it was merely some extent about displaying how a lot I worth enjoying within the playoffs.”

Merrifield, who’s hitting .240 this season, spoke to the staff about his feedback, supervisor Mike Matheny mentioned, and desires to maneuver on.

The Royals have 10 unvaccinated gamers on their roster, together with All-Star outfielder Andrew Benintendi. As GM Dayton Moore will get set to dump items on the commerce deadline, the lack of a giant chunk of his roster to play in Canada is predicted to be a hindrance.

“Sadly, I didn’t actually understand what I mentioned,” Merrifield mentioned. “It took me studying it to know the way it may come throughout. … I’ve needed to play within the playoffs for the reason that time I placed on cleats and that feeling is powerful. The vaccine factor … folks have very robust emotions about it and I really feel the best way I really feel about it.”

Merrifield added that he doesn’t thoughts if followers are upset by his stance.

“These guys in right here know me and know what I’m all about and the way a lot I take care of them,” he mentioned. “Each time I’ve taken the sector and stepped between the traces I’ve given all the things I had on daily basis. If folks really feel a necessity to precise their emotions in the direction of me, that’s completely high quality.”

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