Kyrie Irving may soon have company.
It was learned Tuesday that any Yankees or Mets player who has not received a COVID-19 vaccine will be banned from playing in New York, under the order that ruled out the unvaccinated Brooklyn Nets star in the boroughs this season (although Irving is still available to score 41 points in one half and a franchise-record 60 total points in a road game).
With Opening Day (April 7) just over three weeks away, it’s possible the City could rescind the mandate before the teams return to New York, but the two title contenders could find themselves without significant players if the rule remains in place. Last season, the Mets were one of six teams that failed to meet the 85% vaccination threshold among so-called Level 1 personnel, which allowed for relaxed COVID-19 protocols. The Yankees hit the 85% threshold, although key roster members were known not to have received the vaccine.
Aaron Judge made it easy to guess his status. When asked yesterday if he had been fired, Judge – who missed nine games on COVID IL last season – quickly avoided answering the simple question, as Irving did decades ago. month. It wasn’t long before Irving’s absence from the games answered the question for him. The judge could suffer the same fate.
New York Post