Andrew Benintendi 'open minded' about COVID-19 vaccine after joining Yankees

Now that Benintendi is playing in the same division as the Toronto Blue Jays, 他的疫苗接种状况是最重要的问题.

纽约洋基队的安德鲁·贝宁腾迪, 剩下, talks to Kansas City Royals catcher MJ Melendez during the first inning of their MLB game in New York on Thursday, 七月 28, 2022.

The New York YankeesAndrew Benintendi, 剩下, talks to Kansas City Royals catcher MJ Melendez during the first inning of their MLB game in New York on Thursday, 七月 28, 2022. (美联社照片/弗兰克·富兰克林二世)

星期四, Benintendi told reporters that he was not made to agree to get vaccinated before being traded.

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“马上, 你懂, I’m still positioned in the same spot. I’m open-minded about it,” Benintendi said. “I’m not against it, but time will tell as we get closer, but for now I’m just focused on getting here, getting comfortable, getting to know the guys and winning baseball games.

Benintendi reacts after hitting a flyout during the ninth inning of the game against the Kansas City Royals in New York on Thursday, 七月 28, 2022.

Benintendi reacts after hitting a flyout during the ninth inning of the game against the Kansas City Royals in New York on Thursday, 七月 28, 2022. ( 美联社照片/弗兰克·富兰克林二世)

In order for Major League Baseball players to enter Canada, they must be vaccinated against COVID-19.

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New York still has seven games remaining on their schedule against the Blue Jays, including a three-game series in Toronto at the end of September.

We’ll cross that bridge if and when we have to, but I have not had that conversation,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said.

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Benintendi was acquired by the first-place Yankees on Wednesday for three pitching prospects, adding another bat to the lineup as the team gets closer to October.

Benintendi takes the field against his former team, the Kansas City Royals, in New York on Thursday, 七月 28, 2022.

Benintendi takes the field against his former team, the Kansas City Royals, in New York on Thursday, 七月 28, 2022. ( 美联社照片/弗兰克·富兰克林二世)

I’m more valuable as a guy who can get on base at a higher clip and hit for a higher average and maybe sacrifice a little power,” Benintendi said Thursday. “But obviously in this lineup… It’s crazy. I just have to essentially get on first base, it seems like. And everybody on this team can hit bombs. I’m excited to just keep doing what I’ve been doing and, 就像我说的, help the team in any way I can.

Benintendi started in left field in his Yankees debut against the Royals on Thursday night, 去 0-4 at the plate. He is having one of his best years as a professional, batting .316 与 111 命中和 39 RBIs thus far and making his first All-Star team.

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