When soccer players celebrate a goal, many times they celebrate "with" the public.

Why do baseball players pretty much ignore the public when celebrating? Or even don't show much emotion when a good play occurs?

For example, when running the bases after a home run many times the batter will show no emotion and not respond to the crowd cheering.

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    When soccer players celebrate a goal, many times they celebrate "with" the public. No, not always. There are fences and nets in the baseball stadium especially around home plate, and first and third base. Where do you expect it to happen? If a player shows too much emotion and performs excessive home run ceremony after hitting a home run, he can expect a hit by pitch at the next bat. That's for sure. – user10632 Oct 29 '16 at 13:46
  • I don't mean physically with the spectators. This rarely happens in soccer. I mean things like looking toward the spectators, making gestures toward the spectators, etc. You'll find that most soccer celebrations involve gestures toward the crowd: youtube.com/results?search_query=soccer+goal+celebrations – zundi Oct 31 '16 at 3:54
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    Many times players will take a curtain call and/or tip their cap. What would you have them do? – dgo Mar 11 '17 at 16:54
  • @user1167442 Celebrate like soccer players? – zundi Mar 12 '17 at 4:26

While browsing through the Major League Baseball rules I think I found a clue:

4.06 (3.09) No Fraternization Players in uniform shall not address or mingle with spectators, nor sit in the stands before, during, or after a game. No manager, coach or player shall address any spectator before or during a game. Players of opposing teams shall not fraternize at any time while in uniform.

Reference: MLB Official Baseball Rules

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    That's an interesting rule, and I don't think it's ever enforced (what's the punishment?), but I found that its origins probably have to do with avoiding the appearance of collusion for gambling. But like you said, this rule is just a clue; I don't think it really explains why baseball players don't engage the crowd in a general celebratory way (if you take that premise to even be true). – Dr.DrfbagIII Oct 31 '16 at 13:45

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