Cincinnati Reds legend and Baseball Hall of Famer Johnny Bench won’t be on hand to welcome Derek Jeter into the Hall. Bench will miss the festivities after testing positive for COVID-19.
Bench, 73, revealed the news Friday, saying a doctor told Bench he would be in the hospital if he wasn’t vaccinated.
Fellow Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson responded to Bench, saying he would be missed at the event.
Bench played 17 seasons in the majors, all with the Reds. He made 14 All-Star teams, won 10 Gold Gloves, won 2 MVP awards and 2 World Series titles with the team. Bench cruised into the Hall of Fame in 1989 on the first ballot, receiving 96.4 percent of the vote.
Derek Jeter, Larry Walker among players getting inducted to Hall of Fame
Jeter, Marvin Miller, Ted Simmons and Larry Walker are set to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Wednesday. The ceremony will take place at 1:30 ET on Sept. 8. It will air on MLB Network.
The Hall of Fame induction ceremony was canceled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.