The White Sox will require smaller league players to have COVID-19 boosters by 2022
The White Sox will require smaller league players to have COVID-19 boosters by 2022

The White Sox will require smaller league players to have COVID-19 boosters by 2022

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That Chicago White Sox will require all minor leagues to show proof of receipt of the COVID-19 vaccine booster before taking up their spring physical training on February 21, report ESPNs Jeff Passan and Athletics Ken Rosenthal and James Fegan. MLB does not require smaller leagues to be vaccinated by 2022. The White Sox introduced their own mandate.

“The Chicago White Sox requires all of our staff to be up to date with their COVID-19 vaccination status, and this requirement also includes our minor-league players,” the team said in a statement. “We believe this is the right thing to do to protect the health and well-being of all our players and employees across the organization.”

Rosenthal and Fegan report that players who do not comply with the White Sox’s vaccine mandate will be banned from participating in spring training and may be placed on the restricted list, which would amount to a suspension for breaking team rules. The team will not meet any release requests to protect against players using the mandate to leave the organization.

The White Sox demanded that minor leagues be vaccinated last spring and had 100 percent compliance.

MLB‘s lockout does not apply to non-40-man roster minor leaguers. Minor league spring training opens in the coming days, and the minor league season begins as planned in April. If the lockout continues into the regular season, 40-man players will not be able to play, otherwise it will be business as usual in the minors.

Major League Baseball cannot implement a vaccine mandate for 40-man players without the approval of the Players’ Association. Last spring, MLBPA chief Tony Clark said the union is “Encourage guys to consider it … but it’s not mandatory.

It is unclear whether other teams will require their minor leagues to be vaccinated by 2022.


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