TAMPA — Goose Gossage isn’t welcome at Yankees camp this spring and that will not be changing any time soon.
The Yankees’ Hall of Fame reliever ripped general manager Brian Cashman on Monday after news broke that he was not invited to be a guest instructor for the team here.
“If Cashman had any balls, and he doesn’t, he would have an analytical guy manage,” Gossage said. “Don’t think it hasn’t crossed his mind. But he doesn’t have the balls to do it.”
It’s that kind of vitriol the Yankees were trying to avoid by keeping Gossage away. He has long railed against the showboating that occurs in today’s game and the inability of some relievers to throw beyond one inning. He now includes Cashman in the group of people that have made baseball too much about the numbers in his opinion.
“It’s an honor and a privilege to be invited to camp by Mr. Steinbrenner. Gator (Ron Guidry) got me here. It’s an honor and a privilege but to look at Cashman every day, I can’t look at him. He’s a disgrace to the Yankees,” Gossage said.
Gossage said he usually gets a call from or makes a call to Ben Tuliebitz, the Yankees director of team travel and player services, but has not heard anything this year. He said he knows that at least one other ex-Yankee — Willie Randolph — already has received an invitation. Gossage was asked what happened and he said, “You’ll have to ask Cash,” referencing Yankees GM Brian Cashman.
“Everybody knows Cashman and I had differences for the last two years,” Gossage said. “I’m not a big fan of Cashman. I don’t know what I did for him to feel the way he does. I don’t have respect for him. He doesn’t have any respect for older people in baseball.”
The Yankees had spoken to Gossage about his controversial comments in the past, but those conversations had mostly fallen on deaf ears. The apparent last straw came last year, when Gossage took on Aroldis Chapman and Mariano Rivera.
“Well, they’re one-inning guys,” Gossage told NJ.com. “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.”
Back in 2016, he went hard after then-Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista and others willing to celebrate a home run.
“Bautista is a f–king disgrace to the game,” Gossage said. “He’s embarrassing to all the Latin players, whoever played before him. Throwing his bat and acting like a fool, like all those guys in Toronto. [Yoenis] Cespedes, same thing.”