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Over the past couple of years, one of the biggest complaints about baseball is the lack of passion released from players at certain parts of the game.
While everyone understands the unspoken rule of not showing your opponent up too much after a big play, many players frown upon expression after a big moment.
"Baseball's tired," Harper said in an ESPN The Magazine cover story published last month. "It's a tired sport because you can't express yourself. You can't do what people in other sports do. I'm not saying baseball is, you know, boring or anything like that, but it's the excitement of the young guys who are coming into the game now who have flair. If that's Matt Harvey or Jacob deGrom or Manny Machado or Joc Pederson or Andrew McCutchen or Yasiel Puig -- there's so many guys in the game now who are so much fun."
This has to change.
Baseball is one of America's greatest games.
It's full of passion and timely excitement. At any given moment, the game can sway. Now, more than ever, there are exciting players who express themselves via social media, but on the field they seemed handcuffed in regards to expression. People even frowned at Jose Bautista for celebrating after hitting a home run in arguably the biggest Toronto Blue Jays game in 20 years.
I say, Let the boys be boys.

Is there enough showmanship in baseball right now?

@alexisonfire I agree, I don't think we should subdue their fire and passion for the game, that's what we're all there to see, players enjoying the game they love
I feel like the players are encouraged to keep things "professional," but in my opinion, they worked their butts off to get to where they are right now, so damn right they deserve to celebrate every victory they get! I miss watching that on TV as a kid!
@mchylang I agree and with that being said, I think pitchers have the most right to show passion. They're out there on an island all game. If they're dominating the game, why not let them show off after a big strikeout some!
@davidgom lol I think the hat is all about spreading awareness to the issue, so I'll let it slide
@duckthefodgers I agree, a mix is good, but guys shouldn't be frowned upon as much for showing passion.. I mean in every other sport outside of golf that's embraced
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