Texas youth baseball team drops $17K for tourny in NY, then told 12 and up must be vaccinated

Fox News’ Tucker Carlson has been taking a lot of heat this week for asking logical questions about the COVID-19 vaccination, suggesting that the experts telling us that it’s effective don’t act like it when they walk around with masks after taking the shot.

The point being that the experts actions don’t make much sense, given what they’ve told us about the vaccine. On a similar note, the organizers of a Baseball Hall of Fame youth baseball tournament in Cooperstown, New York are making just as little sense.

Turns out, they are requiring players over the age of 12 to get the COVID-19 vaccine, even though the vaccine is currently not authorized for use in children under the age of 16 — clinical trials are reportedly underway for children aged 12 to 15.

“In the best interest of our state, local community, and most importantly our employees, campers and their families, whose health and safety we are obligated to protect, Cooperstown Dreams Park has determined that it is essential to have immunization requirements and a reduced capacity to operate for the 2021 season,” read a press release from the Cooperstown Dream Park.

More from the baseball complex website:

All participants, coaches and campers 12 years and older must be immunized. Immunization requirements: COVID-19 (campers under 12 years of age are exempt, but must provide a negative test upon arrival), diphtheria, haemophilus influenza type b, hepatitis b, measles, mumps, rubella, poliomyelitis, tetanus and varicella a/k/a chickenpox. Cooperstown Dreams Park is hopeful that the vaccines will be available a minimum of twenty-one days prior to any registration date. Cooperstown Dreams Park will, if necessary modify registration date by registration date until a vaccine is available for 12 year olds and older.


As for the impact the decision is having on teams, the Texas Drillers youth baseball team has been preparing for the last three years to travel to Cooperstown and play in the tournament.

The team spent about $17,000 on flights, rental homes and equipment to make it all happen, ABC13 reported.

And their players are pumped about the opportunity, naturally.

“It’s amazing,” said Drillers player Dillon Norris. “It’s probably the best thing that happened to me this year. It would be pretty special, because I don’t know a lot of people who played up there.”

But the team recently received a letter about the vaccination requirement.

“We felt it was a little onerous to go through this level of scrutiny to play baseball up there,” Texas Drillers General Manager Paul Edmond told the affiliate.

“We felt like there are other options that we wanted for our kids if we wanted to play baseball, so we’re going to pursue those options,” Edmonds added.

ABC13 reported that Cooperstown All Star Village, also located in New York, has informed teams that it may not require vaccination.

The complex said a re-opening plan was submitted to our local health department on March 6, 2021.

“Although it was evaluated by DOH with great remarks, we are currently awaiting government and medical approval for our 2021 re-opening,” their website added.

Here’s a quick sampling of some of the responses to the story from Twitter:


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