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Jarren Duran does not plan on missing out on the Boston Red Sox’s next series in Toronto.

After having to chill back in America during the Boston Red Sox‘s most recent road series north of the border, outfielder Jarren Duran seems to have had a change of heart when it comes to his vaccination status.

While most of Boston’s roster is fully vaccinated and boosted from COVID, Duran was unable to take on the Toronto Blue Jays in the Ontario provincial capital. The laws are the laws. Though there are players all across baseball who are not vaccinated yet, it is more noticeable when it comes to one of the four AL East rival teams of the Blue Jays. They all play in Canada regularly.

Duran hinted to Chris Cotillo of that he plans to be vaccinated by September.

“I love this game too much to miss out on opportunities to play baseball,” said Duran to Cotillo. “I could care less about the money or service time. I missed the boys and missed playing baseball. That was kind of the deciding factor.”

It remains to be seen if the last anti-vax holdouts on Boston’s roster will follow Duran’s suit.

Duran: “I love this game too much to miss out on opportunities to play baseball. I could care less about the money or service time. I missed the boys and missed playing baseball. That was kind of the deciding factor.”

— Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) July 1, 2022

Jarren Duran hints he will be vaccinated for Red Sox’s next series at Blue Jays

With nearly three months to get vaccinated, Duran has enough time to meet all the necessary protocols to play the Blue Jays again up in Toronto on Sept. 30. This will be the second to last regular-season series for Boston, as they finish with three at home vs. the Tampa Bay Rays in the first week of October. After that, postseason baseball arrives and Toronto could be an opponent.

Two other Red Sox of note still have vaccination statuses up in the air. Relief pitcher Tanner Houck is still doing his research, while Chris Sale said he will worry about that s**t later on, as he works his way back to the big-league roster. All the while, Boston did drop two of three north of the border, due in large part to bullpen issues cause by Houck not being able to pitch in those games.

Ultimately, a player can do whatever he wants when it comes to getting vaccinated. However, if he chooses not to, he will have to deal with the consequences that are sure to follow. Duran has only played 46 MLB games in his professional career thus far. The former seventh-round pick out of Long Beach is more expendable than say Houck or Sale at this time. It is why he will get jabbed.

Boston only has three games left this season in Toronto, but these rivals could meet in October.

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The job market's ‘game of musical chairs’ may be slowing — but workers still have power, say economists

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There are signs the hot job market is cooling — but workers still have bargaining power for now, according to labor economists.

Job openings, a barometer of employers' demand for workers, saw a near-record monthly decline in August. Openings fell by 1.1 million to 10.1 million, according to U.S. Department of Labor data issued Tuesday — a monthly decrease eclipsed only by April 2020, in the early days of the pandemic, when they fell by roughly 1.2 million.

The Federal Reserve is raising borrowing costs for consumers and businesses to pump the brakes on the U.S. economy and reduce inflation. Central bank officials hope that a cooling labor market will translate to lower wage growth, which has been running at its highest pace in decades and contributes to inflation.

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Job openings started to surge in early 2021 as Covid-19 vaccines rolled out and the economy began to reopen more broadly. Workers were able to quit their jobs for other opportunities amid ample job postings and as employers competed for talent by raising pay. That job-hopping trend came to be known as the Great Resignation.

"I think this is exactly what the Fed wants to see," Julia Pollak, chief economist at ZipRecruiter, said of the reduction in job openings. "The tension leading to this cutthroat game of musical chairs [among workers], they want that eased.

"And there are finally signs this is happening."

There were 1.7 job openings per unemployed worker in August, down from nearly 2 openings per unemployed in July. Fed chairman Jerome Powell has cited this ratio as one that officials would like to see fall as an indicator of labor-market cooling.

Why the job market 'still leans toward workers'

That said, job openings are still high by historical standards, meaning workers have ample opportunities, labor economists said. Openings hovered around 7 million before the pandemic; they peaked near 11.9 million in March 2022.

"I'd say the job market still leans toward workers," said Daniel Zhao, lead economist at Glassdoor. "But because things are cooling off, we can't guarantee that will continue moving forward."

The level of voluntary quitting among workers ticked up by 100,000 people from July to August, to almost 4.2 million, according to the Labor Department's Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey. Quits are a gauge of worker confidence and sentiment, so the slight increase and historically high level suggest workers remain in the driver's seat, Pollak said.

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Most workers who leave their current jobs do so for employment elsewhere, economists said. They typically get a bigger pay bump than those who stay in their current roles: a 7% annual boost for job switchers in August versus 5% for job stayers, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.

Meanwhile, layoffs remain low and have increased only modestly as employers try to hang onto the workers they have, economists said.

Even though workers still seem to have the upper hand, they may want to proceed more cautiously going forward relative to quitting and switching jobs due to the prospect of a further moderation in the labor market, Zhao said.

"Last year, the job market was strong enough that it was easier for folks to quit without having something else lined up," Zhao said. "I think the situation now is much softer. Anyone looking for a new job has to evaluate things on a company by company basis."


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