San Francisco Giants' New Manager Sets the Tone: National Anthem Stand Required

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  • Source: Wayne Dupree
  • 03/03/2024
The newly appointed manager of the San Francisco Giants said that it has nothing to do with politics, patriotism, or his predecessor. However, Bob Melvin has made it mandatory for every member of his team's bench to enter the field and stand for the playing of the national anthem. "It is more about letting the other side know that we are ready to play," Melvin said, according to USA Today. "Guys, I want you to be prepared to depart. That has a certain personality."

He said that when overseeing the Oakland and San Diego teams, he had to sometimes apply the same regulation.

In 2022, after the massacres at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, Gabe Kapler, the former manager of the Giants, ceased to play during the playing of the national anthem on the field.

In 2020, George Floyd protested by kneeling throughout many games after his death. According to CBS Sports, Kapler was let go in September after the Giants' third consecutive playoff exit in his four seasons. According to the Athletic, there is a large crowd when the team takes the field for the anthem during spring training.

In addition to Melvin, there are 68 players, coaches, and trainers. The bullpen players enter the warning track and take a standing position.


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