In his 22-year career, New York Yankees pitcher Goose Gossage cemented his legacy as one of the best relief pitchers in Major League Baseball history. The man was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2008, but hasn’t stepped too far away from the game.
He and a few former Yankee greats are with Joe Girardi’s club to help out during spring training. When asked about the current state of baseball though, Gossage didn’t exactly provide constructive criticism.
“It is a joke. The game is becoming a freaking joke because of the nerds who are running it. I’ll tell you what has happened, these guys played Rotisserie baseball at Harvard or wherever the f— they went and they thought they figured the f—ing game out. They don’t know s—.”
Gossage continued, “A bunch of f—ing nerds running the game. You can’t slide into second base. You can’t take out the f—ing catcher because [Buster] Posey was in the wrong position and they are going to change all the rules. You can’t pitch inside anymore. I’d like to knock some of these f—ers on their ass and see how they would do against pitchers in the old days.”
Of course, Gossage is directly referring to baseball’s new reliance on sabermetrics. The data driven emphasis on baseball decisions has frequently drawn the ire of old-school baseball legends.
And while Gossage appears unwilling and unable to accept that the game of baseball has evolved, at least he can hold on to these Hall of Fame-worthy accomplishments: