MLB Reacts To Unvaxxed Mets, Yankees Missing Home Games Due To The Same NYC Mandate That’s Affected Kyrie Irving, Nets

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  • The NYC private sector mandate has kept Nets PG Kyrie Irving from playing in home games this season
  • With baseball starting soon, unvaccinated Mets and Yankees will be subject to the same restrictions
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Point guard Kyrie Irving has been the target of New York City’s private sector mandate this season with the Brooklyn Nets.

While he’s allowed to attend games, sit on the bench with his teammates, and purchase tickets for NYC events in the Barclays Center, Irving has not been allowed to take the court.

The loss of one of their top players for the majority of the season has certainly stunted success in what was expected to be a championship campaign. Brooklyn is just 35-33 on the year, though they’re looking to make one final playoff push to end the season.

New York fans have already seen how the mandate can affect one of its teams. Now, two more teams in the Big Apple will be subject to the rule, at least until it’s lifted. And there’s been no indication that that will happen.

With the baseball lockout ending last week, the season is set to begin in early April. Both the Mets and Yankees will have to abide by the private sector mandate, meaning any unvaccinated players will be banned from playing in home games.

The fact that baseball is an outdoor sport will have no bearing on the mandate. In addition to being held out of games in New York City, those same players won’t be able to play in Toronto, either. Canada won’t allow unvaccinated players to travel across the border.

That could have a huge effect on the Yankees as the Blue Jays are a division rival.

We don’t necessarily know what this will mean for either team.

The Mets were one of the least vaccinated clubs in the MLB last year, failing to meet the 85% threshold. Infielder JD Davis and backstop James McCann, among others, could be affected.

As for the Yankees, it’s widely believed that slugger Aaron Judge is unvaxxed. He was dismissive in his response when asked about his status for upcoming home games.

When questioned about where the Yankees stand currently, manager Aaron Boone said, “We still have a few guys, at least, who are not vaccinated.”

The loss of Judge, and maybe more, could be a huge blow to the Yankees’ powerful lineup.

Social Media Reacts To Mets, Yankees News

With news of the possible omission of key players for the upcoming season, the MLB world is taking to social media to react.

There are still about three weeks until Opening Day. Teams in New York hope something changes before then.