Goose Gossage is widely recognized for his great career in the Major Leagues. But during his retirement, he has dedicated his time to criticize fellow Yankee's legends and current players.
But some of his comments have angered the New York Yankees ownership, banning him from the Bomber's spring training camp, according to Jack Curry of YES Network and Justin Terranova from the New York Post.
Hall of Famer Goose Gossage won't be a guest instructor for Yankees this spring. In recent springs, he's drawn the ire of Yankees w/ caustic remarks about one-inning closers like Mariano Rivera, analytics/baseball nerds, bat flips, etc.— Jack Curry (@JackCurryYES) 12 de febrero de 2018
. Both journalists have reported that some of Gossage's comments made during last year's camp, regarding Yankee legend Mariano Rivera and current player, Aroldis Chapman, were the reason why he was banned from camp. These are his words
“Well, they’re one-inning guys. Yeah, it’s totally different, so don’t even compare me here. Chapman’s great. [Rivera] was great … for one inning. I would like to see these guys come into more jams, into tighter situations and finish the game … [come in] in the seventh, eighth or ninth innings [with runners on]. I don’t think they’re utilizing these guys to the maximum efficiency and benefit to your ball club. And I’m not taking anything away from what Mo did, but don’t compare me to him. It’s insulting. It really is.”
Gossage was a 9 times All-Star, World Series champion with the Yankees in 1978, 3-times saves leader in the American League (1975 ,1978 ,1980) and Reliever of the Year in 1978, and also inducted to Cooperstown in 2008.
During his 22 years-long career, he also played for the White Sox, Pirates, Giants, Padres, Rangers, Athletics, and Mariners. He has a 124-107 record with a 3.01 ERA, 1502 K's and 310 saves.