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Sunday, January 20, 2019

Twins manager says Francisco Lindor did not have to apologize for HR celebration

In a sport where the conversation is often dominated by “unwritten rules,” Minnesota Twins manager Paul Molitor is offering a refreshing take.

The Twins and their fellow AL Central rival Cleveland Indians are currently overseas playing two regular season games in Puerto Rico. Tuesday’s contest was highlighted by an awesome moment where Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor, a Puerto Rican native, homered in front of his home country fans.

After the eventual 6-1 win for the Indians, Lindor apologized if his jubilant celebration of the home run offended anyone, saying he meant no disrespect.

Speaking with reporters on Wednesday though, Molitor said that no offense was taken and that Lindor had nothing to apologize for. Molitor also indicated that some emotion here and there was “good for the game.”

The 24-year-old Lindor is known to play the game with a lot of joy, and it was definitely cool of Molitor to recognize how special that moment was for him.

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