Yesterday Major League Baseball sent out a memo to teams about vaccinations for minor leaguers for the 2022 season. Earlier in the offseason there was talk that MLB would require all minor league players to be vaccinated unless they had a legitimate medical or religious exemption. That plan, however, was changed and players will not be required to be vaccinated according to Jeff Passan of ESPN.

That doesn’t mean that unvaccinated players won’t have to jump through more hoops, though. According to the memo sent out, unvaccinated players will “be subject to increased regulation and prohibitions, including the requirement to conduct intake and regular surveillance testing, mask wearing, and restrictions on their access to Restricted Areas.”

While the players won’t be required to be vaccinated, other team staff will be, according to the memo. That includes managers, coaches and “others who will have in-person contact with players”. Who else all falls into that “others” group could be rather large.

Questions for housing in the minors

In what was seen as a good move (and it was) this offseason, Major League Baseball announced that it would provide housing for minor leaguers moving forward. When it was announced there were some questions left unanswered and a few concerns about how what was announced could be, for a lack of better words, exploited by teams a little bit.

Yesterday Advocates for Minor Leaguers and former Reds prospect Joe Hudson spoke with The Athletic’s Evan Drellich about some of those concerns that they would like to see cleared up. There were several issues that they want to see addressed:

  • Teams can put two players per bedroom
  • There’s no real guidance on how players with a wife or kids will be accommodated
  • Hotel rooms can be utilized instead of a home or apartment

Each organization is likely to handle things a little bit differently. And that does make some sense. Each organization has affiliates in different cities and some of the smaller cities and towns that have teams may not have the same available housing/lodging units. Just thinking back to when the Reds had the team in Greeneville and it’s just difficult for me to imagine that town had 30+ available apartments/rental units for short-term leases. Likewise, a city like Louisville or Dayton is bound to have enough lodging to easily cover what is required.

Elly De La Cruz with more recognition

The breakout star of the Reds system in 2021 has already been named to both the Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus Top 100 (or 101 in BP’s case) Prospect Lists this offseason. In a mailbag over at a question was asked of Jonathan Mayo about which prospect currently outside of the Top 100 (the list) could move up and onto the list in 2022. Mayo went with Elly De La Cruz:

He signed for just $65,000 back in July 2018, had an OK, but not notable, debut in the Dominican Summer League in 2019, then went off during his United States debut in 2021. He quickly showed he was too good for the Arizona Complex League and he got bumped up to Low-A. He’s a switch-hitter with bat speed who has added strength so he can impact the ball more. De La Cruz can run and has every chance to play shortstop full time.

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2 Responses

  1. MK

    Players in Dayton have been lucky in the past as there is a history of host families that have provided rent free housing for players. Last year that was forbidden until about mid season until restrictions were lifted especially after they found players were making their own deals with previous host families. Wonder what those restrictions will be this season.

    • Ria

      We are a host family in Dayton and the problem with the housing is most players are needing transportation too. They housing list they give is close to the field and expensive so they load a bunch of players in an apartment and no furniture so they buy blowup mattresses and that’s it. Why not live with host families or maybe pay host families a token amount and then it’s a win for all.