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Major League Baseball is taking a stand for those who won’t.

As previously noted by RedState’s Becca Lower, players for the San Francisco Giants — including Jaylin Davis, Mike Yastrzemski, and Austin Slater — took a knee Monday night.

Two coaches, along with manager Gabe Kapler, joined in.

On social media, not everyone approved, including former Giant and two-time world series champion Aubrey Huff:

About not being invited, here’s how Aubrey’s explained it:

“When I asked why I wasn’t invited, [team CEO Larry Baer] told [me] that the board didn’t approve of my Twitter posts and my political support of Donald Trump. … If it wasn’t for me, they wouldn’t be having a reunion, but if they want to stick with their politically correct, progressive bulls—, that’s fine.”

As for kneeling, many fans took a Hufflike stance:

With all the talk of athletics going political, one might think the league itself would stay out of the hubbub.

But MLB jumped in and told people what it’s all about:

“It has never been about the military or the flag. The players and coaches are using their platforms to peacefully protest.”

Better?

As observed by The Daily Wire, one user wrote, “Pllllleeeeaaaseeee stop posting things like this. Yes, black lives do indeed matter. But it’s a polarizing topic. Keep politics out of baseball!”

The league popped back:

 

It was on a roll.

When another critic tweeted, “Quit bringing all this political bs into sports! You are there to play a game not to be a politician, play the game,” baseball’s professional association took another swing:

“Supporting our players and supporting equality is not political.”

In terms of business, it seems to me diving into the debate is a bad play for Major League Baseball. Allowing players to kneel is a very different thing than involving itself with — whether it calls the topic such or not — political arguments online.

I’d guess it will only further a sentiment among many fans which, so far as I can tell, is essentially summed up by the following tweet (I ask that you please excuse the language, but I do believe it’s an accurate representation):

-ALEX

 

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