Yankees general manager Brian Cashman came out in support of players who express emotion during the course of a baseball game on SiriusXM Monday.
In light of Sunday’s Blue Jays–Rangers brawl, which likely stemmed from Bautista’s bat flip in last year’s ALDS, a nationwide discussion about players expressing themselves re-emerged.
“I personally subscribe more to the younger generation. I think when players have a chance, to demonstrate, in real-time, their emotion and celebration, I’m good with that,” Cashman told MLB Network Radio. “I don’t mind fist-pumps, I don’t mind bat flips, I don’t mind any of that stuff. I mind restricting personalities in the game. I think the players and their personalities are things to be embraced.
“The fight yesterday was unfortunate, you don’t want to see any of that stuff regardless, but I kind of like when you see personality come out in competition."
The GM also mentioned that when he was an intern with the Yankees, Rickey Henderson celebrated home runs in a flashy manner, like many players are criticized for today.
Suspensions are expected to be announced for the incident.
– Kenny Ducey