New MLB Manager Immediately Reverses Team’s National Anthem Policy

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Players on the San Francisco Giants baseball team — and anyone else in their dugout — will be required to stand for the national anthem this season.

The new rule has nothing to do with politics or even patriotism, new team manager Bob Melvin told USA Today’s Bob Nightengale on Friday.

What it is about, Melvin said, is teamwork, getting everyone out on the field together in a display of unity for everyone to see.

“You want your team ready to play and I want the other team to notice it, too,’” Melvin said. “It’s as simple as that. They’re embracing it.”

Nightengale noted that Melvin’s position represented a 180-degree difference from the policy under previous manager Gabe Kapler.

After the mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas, Kapler stopped standing on the field for the anthem, he said.

Kapler even knelt during the anthem several times after the 2020 death of George Floyd while in police …

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