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Unvaccinated Kansas City Royals Players Face Consequences in Toronto

As the Kansas City Royals prepare to face the Toronto Blue Jays in a four-game series, it has become apparent that the Royals will be without several key players. A total of ten members of the regular roster, including prominent figures such as Whit Merrifield, Andrew Benintendi, and MJ Melendez, will not be traveling to Toronto due to their unvaccinated status. This has raised concerns among fans and bettors alike, as the odds heavily favor the Blue Jays in this matchup.

Royals Players’ Personal Choice

While teams across Major League Baseball have been encouraging their players to get vaccinated against COVID-19, the decision ultimately falls upon the individual. In compliance with Canada’s travel laws, some players have chosen to get vaccinated. However, in the case of the Kansas City Royals, it seems that the unvaccinated players have made a personal choice to forgo vaccination. Royals’ President of Baseball Operations, Dayton Moore, emphasized the organization’s support for individual choices while acknowledging the unfortunate impact it has on the team.

“At the end of the day, it’s their choice… It’s what they decide to do. And we’ve always been an organization that promotes and encourages individual choices. Unfortunately, some of this affects the team,” said Moore.

The Impact on the Lineup

The absence of ten players from the Royals’ roster will undoubtedly have a significant impact on the team’s performance. Players like Whit Merrifield, known for his consistency and consecutive games streak, acknowledge the repercussions of their decision. Merrifield admitted that the consideration of Canadian regulations influenced his choice, as he understands the restrictions in place for unvaccinated individuals in Canada.

“Right or wrong, I didn’t do it on a whim… It’s been a long thought process because I understand what Canada has in place right now. That’s the only reason I would think about getting it at this point, is to go to Canada. That might change down the road. If something happens and I happen to get on a team that has a chance to go play in Canada in the postseason, maybe that changes,” Merrifield explained.

Impact on Bettors

News of the Royals’ depleted lineup has not gone unnoticed by bettors. The Action Network reported that the majority of public bets, approximately 91 percent, are favoring the Toronto Blue Jays. However, it is worth noting that only 68 percent of the total money wagered is on the Blue Jays, indicating that some larger bettors may be deviating from the public consensus. The odds heavily favor the Blue Jays on the run line as well, with DraftKings listing them as -190 even when giving 1.5 runs.


The absence of ten unvaccinated players from the Kansas City Royals’ roster has undoubtedly impacted the team’s performance and raised concerns among fans and bettors. While the decision to vaccinate against COVID-19 ultimately rests with the individual, the consequences are felt by the entire team. As the Royals face the Toronto Blue Jays, the odds heavily favor the Blue Jays, and the betting patterns show a preference for Toronto. The impact of these unvaccinated players serves as a reminder of the ongoing challenges and considerations teams face in navigating the pandemic.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Can MLB teams require players to get vaccinated?

While Major League Baseball does not have a league-wide vaccination mandate, teams can encourage their players to get vaccinated and provide information on its benefits. However, ultimately, the decision lies with the individual player.

2. How are unvaccinated players affected when teams travel to Canada?

Due to Canada’s travel laws, unvaccinated players are unable to enter the country, resulting in their absence from games played in Canada. This presents challenges for teams with unvaccinated players, as they must make adjustments to their lineups and game strategies.

3. Are there any consequences for unvaccinated players who miss games?

Unvaccinated players who miss games due to travel restrictions may forfeit service time and salary for the games they miss. This serves as an additional consequence for their decision not to get vaccinated.

4. Do other teams have a high number of unvaccinated players?

The vaccination status of players varies across teams, and it is difficult to assess the exact number of unvaccinated players throughout the league. However, many teams have encouraged their players to get vaccinated, and some players have chosen to do so to comply with travel requirements and maintain team cohesion.

5. How does the absence of key players affect team performance?

The absence of key players can have a significant impact on team performance, as it alters the lineup and the dynamics of the game. Teams must rely on their remaining players to step up and fill the void left by the absent players, leading to adjustments in game strategies and potential changes in overall performance.

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