Manfred: Bat flips are good for MLB


Much has been said about MLB and the bat flip epidemic sweeping through the sport, but league commissioner Rob Manfred is a fan.

Last season's National League (NL) MVP Bryce Harper played a big role in bringing the discussion up with his in-depth ESPN interview in March, saying MLB is "a tired sport because you can't express yourself," referencing the constant criticism that occurs when players show any personality.

His comments followed Goose Gossage's scathing criticism of Jose Bautista last month, after the Hall of Fame pitcher said the Toronto Blue Jays star was a "f****** disgrace to the game" for his famous bat flip celebration.

But speaking with "Mike & Mike" on Friday, Manfred said he sides with Harper's take.

"I kinda line up with Bryce Harper on this," he said. "I think that we've got a great generation of young stars coming into the game.

"And just like Goose [Gossage] and his peers decided certain things were okay, certain things weren't, this generation is going to define what the game looks like on those topics."

Bautista became an internet sensation for his celebration after hitting a three-run, seventh-inning go-ahead homer in game five of last season's American League Division Series against the Texas Rangers.

Manfred added: "The fact of the matter is, what [Bautista] did, did not offend me. It was a very, very exciting moment at a point in time of great excitement for that particular franchise when they hadn't been a great team for a long time.

"It's one of those moments that happens and it's exciting, people liked it,'s good for the game."