MLB Star Sends Fierce Memo to Canada, Defends Decision to Miss Games Due to Vaccine Policy

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Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto and three other players will be unavailable for a two-game series in Toronto due to Canada’s COVID-19 vaccine policy.

The three-time All-Star Realmuto is not vaccinated. But missing the Toronto games and losing pay, as a result, is not swaying him.

“I’m not going to let Canada tell me what I do and don’t put in my body for a little bit of money,” Realmuto said in an interview with NBC Sports. “It’s just not worth it.”

Realmuto is joined on the restricted list by infielder Alec Bohm and pitchers Aaron Nola and Kyle Gibson, the Associated Press reported.


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Being on the restricted list means they will not be paid for the Toronto series.

Realmuto will lose $262,363. Nola is missing out on $184,835. Gibson is set to lose $76,923, and Bohm will get docked $7,857, according to the AP.

The 25-year-old Bohm said he is disappointed that his decision will affect the whole team, but that it was a “personal choice” and he would deal with the consequences.

“Yeah, that’s the difficult part of it,” Bohm said. “I wish it didn’t have to be like that. It’s a personal deal. I’ve made a choice, and there’s consequences that come with that and I have to suffer those. It is what it is.”

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Even though he is losing money because of this decision, Realmuto is also not budging on his decision about the vaccine.

“I’m a healthy, 31-year-old professional athlete,” Realmuto said. “I just didn’t feel the need to get it. I’ve had COVID a couple times, super mild symptoms, back when it first came out. When it came time to decide whether I needed a vaccine or not, I talked to a couple doctors that I knew and told them my story, and just really decided I didn’t think I needed it. I wasn’t going to take it just because I was told to, basically.”

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