AP Source: Smoltz, Leiter refuses vaccine, will work remotely | Professional



John Smoltz and Al Leiter are not making studio appearances for MLB Network after refusing to be vaccinated against the coronavirus, according to a person with knowledge of the situation.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press on Wednesday because she does not have the freedom to publicly discuss personnel matters.

The MLB network’s policy mandating vaccination for all employees went into effect on Wednesday. Smoltz and Leiter will still be doing analytics for the studio shows, but it will be remotely instead of the network’s studio in Secaucus, New Jersey.

The New York Post was the first to report the story. MLB Network declined to comment in an email to the AP.

Smoltz, 54, is also Fox’s senior MLB coverage analyst, making calls on the biggest games, including the World Series.

Leiter, 55, is also a Mets advisor.

Leiter has been with MLB Network since it aired in 2009. Smoltz joined MLB Network the following year and has been on Fox’s Top MLB Team since 2016.

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