Pitchers turned broadcasters John Smoltz and Al Leiter have been thrown a curveball by the MLB Network. Because each Smoltz and Leiter have made the choice to not get a COVID-19 vaccination, the MLB Network has banned each from coming into their studios. The former pitchers will nonetheless seem on MLB Network broadcasts, although they’ll be required to take action remotely.
NEWS: John Smoltz & Al Leiter won’t seem in-studio for MLBN after refusing to obtain COVID-19 vaccine, The Post has realized.https://t.co/mFuEMAh7Qf
— Andrew Marchand (@AndrewMarchand) September 1, 2021
Per a report from the New York Post’s Andrew Marchand: “MLBN has made it mandatory for all employees to be vaccinated, with the mandate going into effect Sept. 1. MLBN executives, Smoltz and Leiter made a compromise to keep them on-the-air, but not in the Secaucus studios. They will both appear remotely for the shows.”
Complicating issues, Marchand reported that although MLB Network has made the curious determination to stop Smoltz from coming into the constructing, he’ll nonetheless work on-site for Fox’s divisional playoffs. With Fox airing this yr’s World Series, issues ought to get fascinating as we head in direction of October baseball. Smoltz has labored as a colour commentator for Fox Sports’ MLB protection since 2014.
Upon retiring, Leiter turned to broadcasting, bouncing between quite a few networks as a colour commentator and analyst. He additionally at the moment works as a Mets advisor. Now that’s a workforce that might use a shot within the arm.