Manfred: Players make own unwritten rules on exuberance

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NEW YORK (AP) Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred says players make their own unwritten rules on what emotion is acceptable to show on the field.

Hall of Famer Goose Gossage, a New York Yankees spring training instructor, criticized Toronto star Jose Bautista last month for his bat flip during last year’s playoffs, calling him “a disgrace to the game.”

During a meeting with the Associated Press Sports Editors on Thursday, Manfred says this generation of players, not “a 67-year-old,” will determine unwritten rules.

Manfred says he expects to “see more exuberance from our players on the field,” and adds: “I think it’s a good thing.”