The Oklahoman

Bob Boone resigns after refusing COVID vaccine


Washington Nationals vice president Bob Boone has informed the baseball club he’s resigning rather than comply with the organizati­on’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate, a person with knowledge of the situation said.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because nothing was announced by the team.

Boone, 73, has been with Washington since 2004. He is the father of New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone.

MLB NETWORK: John Smoltz and Al Leiter are not making in-studio appearance­s for MLB Network after refusing to get the coronaviru­s vaccine, according to a person with knowledge of the situation.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press because they aren’t at liberty to publicly discuss personnel matters.

MLB Network’s policy making it mandatory for all employees to be vaccinated took effect Wednesday. Smoltz and Leiter will still do analysis for studio shows, but it will be remotely instead of from the network’s Secaucus, New Jersey, studio.

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