Former Red Sox Coach Tom Goodwin Claims MLB Bullied Non-Competing Employees For Vaccination
When Boston Red Sox made their surprise foray into the 2021 post-season, they didn’t have a key member of staff.
Major League Baseball took on the task of vaccinating non-competitive staff in the post-season period, and Tom Goodwin was left unvaccinated. He missed some games in August when considered a close relationship with bench coach Will Venable, who has tested positive for COVID-19.
The Red Sox, who were expected to win a meager 79 regular games in the season, advanced to Game 6 of the ALCS, before falling to the Houston Astros. Shortly after the season started, the Sox fired Goodwin.
Now, Goodwin is declaring that the league “bullied” non-competing staff members to get vaccinated:
“I have never been an anti-vax. I don’t feel like it’s the way MLB is.
I do feel – and that’s just my feeling, maybe I’m wrong, maybe I’m not – but we have been bullied, unvaccinated employees, by MLB. Because they can bully us. They can bully the coaches.
It led to the need for some kind of trainer alliance that would fight for us in a situation like this, where if a guy has strong beliefs about not being vaccinated, those guys should be count for something. It shouldn’t just be OK, “Then you’re done.
No choice. Either you’re vaccinated or you’re not going to play. “
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There’s a lot to unpack here, but the bottom line is MLB did Give HR a choice. Goodwin exemplifies choice by asserting that he doesn’t have one. Just because he doesn’t like the options doesn’t mean he isn’t given.
While MLB waited until mid-September to announce its post-season vaccination mandate, it wasn’t a surprise. Vaccination started being made available to the public in early 2021, and MLB teams have spent the season urging everyone from players to the public to get vaccinated. Ballparks held free vaccination clinics and gave away free tickets and other rewards to those who chose to get vaccinated. Goodwin saying he needed more time to get vaccinated before post-season was an excuse and a fragility at the time.
But before you cry about Goodwin’s termination, he’s found a new job as a traveling instructor in the Atlanta Braves ranch system. He has also been vaccinated.
Finally, nearly two years after the pandemic brought the Spring 2020 Training program to a halt, it’s hard to sympathize with someone who gets paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to work for a top baseball team, especially is when they have no legs to stand on. in this argument.
Goodwin played baseball at Fresno State University and was a member of the US baseball team that took home the gold medal at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, before being started by the Dodgers in the first round of the 1989 MLB Tournament. After that, he played 14 seasons in the professional league, before becoming a coach.
All of this to say, Goodwin has no medical training. He’s not a doctor, nor a scientist, but he wants to do his own research, rather than listen to actual experts.
Each person is entitled to their own opinion and to make their own choices. However, opinions are not always true, and choices have consequences; Goodwin just didn’t like the consequences of his choices.
https://fansided.com/2022/01/21/red-sox-tom-goodwin-blasts-mlb-covid-19-vaccine/ Former Red Sox coach blasts MLB over COVID-19 vaccine stance