Mets contacted Brian Butterfield for coaching job, but his unvaccinated status prevented talks from proceeding

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Brian Butterfield coaching with Angels
Brian Butterfield coaching with Angels

Mets manager Buck Showalter reached out to Brian Butterfield to discuss a job on his coaching staff, but talks did not proceed because Butterfield is not vaccinated against COVID-19, Butterfield told Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

As far as why Butterfield isn't vaccinated, he told the Athletic he doesn't believe in it.

"It comes down to what I believe in," Butterfield said. "The stuff that I’ve felt for years about our Food and Drug Administration, everything that goes on behind the vaccinations, I have real strong feelings about not wanting to put that into my body."

Showalter, who had Butterfield on his coaching staff when he managed the Yankees and Arizona Diamondbacks, said he did not agree with Butterfield's reason for not getting vaccinated, but that he'd reach out to him about a position if he changed his mind and got the vaccine.

"I know him too well to try to talk him into something like that," Showalter told the Athletic.

"I love him to death. If he called me tomorrow and said, 'I’ve changed my mind and I’ll come,' I’d figure out every which way I could to get him."

The Mets' coaching staff has been mostly filled, with Glenn Sherlock as bench coach, Eric Chavez as hitting coach, Jeremy Hefner as pitching coach, Joey Cora as third base coach, and Wayne Kirby as first base coach.

Butterfield, 63, has coached for the Yankees, Diamondbacks, Toronto Blue Jays, Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, and Los Angeles Angels during a 27-year coaching career.

He spent the 2020 and 2021 seasons with the Angels.

Per the report, MLB has not yet decided whether coaches and staff will be required to be vaccinated for the 2022 season.