Broadcaster John Smoltz refuses COVID vaccine but will continue working

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FILE – In this Aug. 14, 2015, file photo, pitcher John Smoltz is honored for his induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame before the start of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, in Atlanta. Smoltz says baseball needs to make some changes _ and fast _ to make the game more watchable and more appealing to fans both young and old.
Smoltz told PodcastOne Sports Now co-hosts Tim Dahlberg and Jim Litke that baseball needs to deal with the way the game has changed because of analytics and implement rule changes to make sure decisions aren’t always ruled by people using spreadsheets. He said the game is running itself into the ground and isn’t sustainable as it is being played today.
(AP Photo/John Amis, File)

John Smoltz, the Hall of Fame pitcher and longtime broadcast analyst on FOX Sports and MLB Network, will work remotely for the cable network after refusing to be vaccinated against COVID-19, the New York Post reported.

The paper reports that the MLB Network set a September 1 deadline for employees to get the vaccine and that Smoltz, who won a World Series title with the Atlanta Braves and also pitched briefly for the St. Louis Cardinals at the end of his career, refused, along with former Major League pitcher Al Leiter.

Smoltz has not commented on the report. It is unclear if his vaccine status will impact his role on FOX Sports’ lead MLB announcing team with St. Louis native Joe Buck.

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