Manfred: Players make own unwritten rules on exuberance


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.”