Cardinals players Nolan Arenado and Paul Goldschmidt skip Toronto trip due to Vax demand


The St. Louis Cardinals will miss two All-Stars in this week’s series against the Toronto Blue Jays because Nolan Arenado and Paul Goldschmidt refuse to take the coronavirus vaccine to enter Canada.

Arenado, Goldschmidt and receiver Austin Romine have refused to take any of the various vaccines, which prevents them from entering Canada under that country’s travel restrictions, ESPN reported.

A vial of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine at a clinic inside Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lansdale, Pennsylvania, U.S., on Tuesday, April 5, 2022. (Hannah Beier/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

“Arenado will lose $384,416, Goldschmidt $241,758 and Romine $10,989,” ESPN reported. “All three players will be placed on the shortlist and will not be paid or accrue major league service time for the two games, per a March agreement between Major League Baseball and the players’ association.”

The loss of Arenado and Goldschmidt is not insignificant for the Cardinals.

As ESPN reports:

Goldschmidt hit two home runs in the Cardinals’ 6-3 loss to the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday. He leads the Cardinals in batting average (.335), homers (24), RBIs (77), on-base percentage (.417) and slugging percentage (.619).

Arenado, who went 0-for-4 on Sunday, is second on the team in average (.296), home runs (18), RBIs (59) and slugging percentage (.528) and third in on-base percentage (. 359).

Two weeks ago, the Philadelphia Phillies faced a similar situation when several unvaccinated players had to skip the team’s trip to Toronto.

Paul Goldschmidt and Nolan Arenado of the St. Louis Cardinals attend the first inning against the New York Mets at Citi Field on September 14...

Paul Goldschmidt #46 and Nolan Arenado #28 of the St. Louis Cardinals look on after the first inning against the New York Mets at Citi Field on September 14, 2021 in New York City. The Cardinals defeated the Mets 7-6 in eleven innings. (Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Left-leaning sports media took the opportunity to blast Phillies wide receiver JT Realmuto for refusing to get vaccinated.

Players who skip games in Canada receive over $300,000 or more, depending on their salary.

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