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Washington Nationals part ways with two scouts over vaccination status

Aug 31, 2021; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Washington Nationals third baseman Carter Kieboom (8) celebrates with center fielder Lane Thomas (28) after hitting a two run home run against the Philadelphia Phillies during the fourth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 31, 2021; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Washington Nationals third baseman Carter Kieboom (8) celebrates with center fielder Lane Thomas (28) after hitting a two run home run against the Philadelphia Phillies during the fourth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

The Washington Nationals parted ways with eight scouts Wednesday, including two over their decision to not get vaccinated, The Athletic reported.

The Nats last week instituted a new policy requiring all full-time employees to get vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus. Two of the eight pink slips Wednesday were a direct result of that policy, per the report.

The Nats are believed to be the first MLB team to terminate employees based on vax status.

The other six were informed they wouldn’t be coming back based on performance, per The Athletic. The vax status of those six was not reported.

This was the statement the Nationals put out last week announcing their vaccinate mandate:

“Like many organizations, the Washington Nationals decided to make COVID-19 vaccines mandatory for all full-time staff,” the club said. “Employees were notified of this policy on Aug. 12 and had until Aug. 26 to either provide proof of full vaccination, proof of first shot or apply for an exemption.”

The Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday also implemented a vaccine mandate, The Athletic reported, giving a deadline of Oct. 31 for full-time and year-round employees to get the vaccine in order to keep their jobs.

–Field Level Media