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Bob Melvin creates new policy requiring SF Giants players to stand during national anthem

Jason Mastrodonato, Bay Area News Group on

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“Look, we’re a new team here, we got some good players here,’’ Melvin said, “it’s more about letting the other side know that we’re ready to play. I want guys out here ready to go. There’s a personality to that.

“It has nothing to do with whatever happened in the past or whatever, it’s just something I embrace.”

While current Giants outfielders Austin Slater and Mike Yastrzemski were among those to take a knee following the Floyd killing, they don’t seem to be offended by Melvin’s policy.

Slater told The Athletic that it “sets the example of hey, we’re in this together.”

And it highlights the differences between Melvin and Kapler, who was more of an individualist.

“I think a kind of ‘fend for yourself’ type of atmosphere somehow fell into place,” Yastrzemski told The Athletic last September, after Kapler’s dismissal. “I don’t know where it came from, but it kind of took over where everybody felt like they could do their own thing and it made it feel like there wasn’t an entire group effort or a sense of unity. When you look at successful brands and successful teams, they have unity in a common goal. And I think that we need to refocus on that and to generate a very narrow window of where all of our eyesight should be.”

 

Melvin also requires players who aren’t participating in Cactus League games to stay and watch a set number of innings based on service time, The Athletic reported.

Melvin told reporters in Arizona that he had these same rules while managing in Oakland and San Diego.

And what happens if a player decides he wants to silently protest during the national anthem this year?

“We haven’t addressed it,” Slater told The Athletic. “… I think you’d still have the right to do that. But that’s not what this is about. It’s more about being ready to play every game.”


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