The Hall of Fame is receiving backlash for inducting Boston Red Sox legend David Ortiz.
“goose gossage” is a baseball player who was known for his aggressive and intimidating style of play. He has been involved in many controversies, including his involvement in the Pine Tar Game and being banned from Major League Baseball for life.
Highlights of the article:
- Gossage Goose, a former New York Yankee, is contemplating skipping David Ortiz’s National Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony this summer.
- The nine-time All-Star is upset that Ortiz, who reportedly tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs in 2003, was chosen by the people.
- Gossage has also said that he does not want to see players like Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens inducted into the Hall of Fame.
The Goose is Loose, and Rich Gossage of the New York Yankees is whining about contemporary baseball once again.
Gossage, a nine-time All-Star reliever and 1978 World Series winner, has long voiced his displeasure with today’s players, methods, and instances of unwritten rules violations. Those attending this summer’s National Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremonies, including Boston Red Sox icon David Ortiz, may not need to hear the 2008 inductee’s next in-person diatribe.
Gossage Goose, a former Yankee, is considering skipping David Ortiz’s Hall of Fame induction.
Gossage Goose (L) of the New York Yankees is considering boycotting David Ortiz’s Hall of Fame induction | George Napolitano/FilmMagic via Getty Images; Jim McIsaac/Getty Images
Over the previous decade, Gossage has made many trips to Cooperstown, New York, as a living Hall of Famer. The retiring pitcher dressed up, put on his Hall of Fame headgear, and stood alongside the other baseball stars who have been honored with a bronze bust.
This year’s annual ritual may come to an end. Gossage expressed his displeasure with Ortiz’s induction — the three-time World Series winner received 77.9% of the vote this cycle — in a Feb. 22 interview with USA Today’s Bob Nightengale, citing the Red Sox legend’s suspected links to performance-enhancing substances. Despite the fact that Ortiz supposedly failed a drug test in 2003, Major League Baseball has refuted the findings, claiming that the 10-time All-Star has never tested positive since the league implemented a contemporary drug policy in 2004.
That’s not enough for Gossage, who has said repeatedly that athletes who test positive for performance-enhancing drugs should not be enshrined into the Hall of Fame.
Gossage said, “I probably won’t go.”
Ortiz has not publicly responded to Gossage’s remarks as of the time of publishing. Interestingly, when ex-New York Mets catcher Mike Piazza, who was connected to PEDs throughout his career but never tested positive, visited the hall in 2016, the former lockdown reliever was there.
Gossage also doesn’t want to see guys like Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, or others who have been linked to steroid use in Cooperstown.
Those associated with the Hall of Fame know not to save a spot for the nine-time All-Star if or when Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens also earn induction. Although Gossage said he “probably” won’t attend the 2016 ceremonies because of Ortiz’s presence, those affiliated with the Hall of Fame at least know not to save a spot for the nine-time All-Star if or when Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens also earn induction.
Bonds and Clemens were among the most known faces of the drug era, despite the fact that the league never disciplined them. Their sheer association with steroids, like Ortiz’s, is enough for Gossage to dismiss them as unworthy.
Bonds, who became the all-time home run champion in 2007, continues to irritate Gossage.
“These folks have already been financially rewarded.” They’re giddy with delight at anything that has improved their performance. Come on, you don’t shatter the greatest record of all time [Hank Aaron’s home-run record] in your 40s while enjoying the finest years of your career. To me, they’re all phonies.”
Bonds, Clemens, and ex-Chicago Cubs star Sammy Sosa, who is also accused of using performance-enhancing drugs, all dropped off the ballot in the most recent election cycle. These three will join former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling, who numerous voters said they didn’t vote for because of “character concerns,” but who might be inducted later by the Veterans Committee.
Later this year, the Today’s Game Committee, which examines eligible Hall of Fame candidates whose most important achievements occurred between 1988 and 2016, will convene. All four candidates are eligible to vote.
Expect Gossage to stick to his guns when it comes to steroid users.
Don’t be surprised if Gossage Goose isn’t present at the 2022 Hall of Fame ceremonies | Jim McIsaac/Getty Images
Gossage, who will be 71 this year, is nonetheless critical of baseball’s current status. According to Nightingale, the former reliever wants to fight MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred and throw Yankees general manager Brian Cashman in the garbage. Gossage has also chastised analytics and athletes who add a bat flip to a home run.
Some of Gossage’s statements are just ridiculous, and that’s before you include his tired remarks on how to play the game properly. Never mind that he shared a World Series ring with Reggie Jackson, who didn’t exactly have a track record of going all out every night.
With that considered, Gossage should be commended for sticking to his guns when it came to steroid users and the Hall of Fame. The point isn’t whether he’s correct or not. For over a decade, Gossage has made it plain that he does not feel Bonds, Clemens, and other PED users — both proved and suspected — deserve a bronze plaque.
Gossage is sometimes mocked on social media as the elderly guy who rants at clouds, a well-deserved moniker at times. However, as a Hall of Fame pitcher, his opinions on who should be in Cooperstown have much more weight than those of a random Twitter user with 20 followers.
Gossage is unapologetically himself, which is acceptable most of the time. If he decides to witness the 2022 Hall of Fame ceremonies from an air-conditioned room rather than the sweltering heat of Cooperstown, he will at least be able to do so in comfort.
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