COOPERSTOWN, NY – Hall of Fame recipient Johnny Bench said he tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss this year’s induction ceremonies in Cooperstown, New York.
Bench, 73, posted on Twitter Friday that he had the virus.
“Fortunately, I have been vaccinated, otherwise the doctor said they would hospitalize me,” Bench said.
Derek Jeter, Marvin Miller, Ted Simmons and Larry Walker will be enshrined in the Hall festivities on Wednesday.
Bench was a two-time NL MVP, Rookie of the Year, 14-time All-Star, and 10-time Golden Globe for the Cincinnati Reds, while playing from 1967 to 1983.
Bench hit 389 career home runs and was a driving force for the Big Red Machine. He was the Most Valuable Player of the 1976 World Series when Cincinnati won the second of their consecutive championships.