CINCINNATI — Legendary Reds catcher Johnny Bench, 73, has tested positive for COVID-19 just days before he was scheduled to appear at this year's Major League Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
Bench broke the news Friday on Twitter, expressing gratitude that he'd previously been vaccinated, "otherwise (his) doctor said (he) would be hospitalized."
Due to his positive test, he said he would not attend next week's induction ceremony in Cooperstown, N.Y.
It is with great regret that I will not be able to attend this year’s Baseball Hall of Fame induction after testing positive for COVID. Fortunately, I have been vaccinated, otherwise doctor said I would be hospitalized.— Johnny Bench (@JohnnyBench_5) September 3, 2021
Bench recently visited Great American Ball Park to participate in renowned sportscaster Marty Brennaman's induction into the Reds Hall of Fame last Friday evening.