MLB managers react to Bruce Maxwell’s protest


A handful of MLB managers expressed worry for the country while sharing their thoughts on A’s catcher Bruce Maxwell kneeling for the national anthem over the weekend

The likes of Terry Francona, Joe Maddon and Mike Matheny were among those who talked with MLB.com about Maxwell, who reiterated his stance Sunday amid death threats. Here are those managers’ takes…

Terry Francona of the Indians: “I just think, if somebody felt strong enough about it, there would be a way as a team to show support, because we do things together. It’s easy for me to sit here and say, ‘Well, I think this is the greatest country in the world,’ because I do. But, I also haven’t walked in other people’s shoes. … I think politicians would do well to come into a Major League clubhouse, because you have people from everywhere. You talk about diverse backgrounds. Yet, if you have our uniform on, it’s ‘we.’ I think people could learn a lot.”

Joe Maddon of the Cubs: “I understand why the players responded the way they did, after I read the comments. It’s just unfortunate we’ve arrived at this point where it’s so easy to have this dialogue between the highest office in the country and everybody else in such a negative way. That’s the part that’s really disappointing.”

Dave Roberts of the Dodgers: “My father served this country for 30 years. I understand. … I would just ask every person to be educated. And when you make a point … really think long and hard and be educated on why you’re doing what you’re doing. And after that, it’s each individual player’s decision.”

John Farrell of the Red Sox: “Baseball more than any other sport is clearly a melting pot, and I say that with all due respect. We …read more

Source:: The Mercury News

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