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Does “Goose” Gossage Have a Point?

Before you skip to the bottom and rip me apart, first read the entire quote from Rich “Goose” Gossage this afternoon. I honestly do not like publishing this type of language, but in this case I will make an exception to make a point.gooseGossagePitching

“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—.”

“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.

“Ryan Braun is a f—ing steroid user. He gets a standing ovation on Opening Day in Milwaukee. How do you explain that to your kid after throwing people under the bus and lying through his f—ing teeth? They don’t have anyone passing the f—ing torch to these people.

“If I had acted like that, you don’t go in that f—ing dugout. There are going to be 20 f—ing guys waiting for you.”

I agree with some of what “Goose” is saying. We have taken alot of the physicality out of baseball. I understand that it is all in the name of player safety, but I think we have crossed a line. No more home plate collisions, no more bang bang plays because replay is taking the human element out of the game. And I certainly agree with “Goose” that it is almost impossible for a pitcher to consistently pitch inside anymore. The batters wear so much armor on their bodies they not only don’t try to get out of the way anymore, they stick out elbows knowing that it will only sting for a minute if that when a 90 MPH fastball hits the armor they wear.JoeyVotto

Most baseball want more offense, and less 3 ball 2 strike counts. It is a product of the new age of baseball. Back when “Goose” played fans did not worry about the offensive production as much as we do now. For example, Joey Votto is an on base machine. But he is constantly criticized for making more contact. When “Goose” played they didn’t know what on base plus slugging percentage was, as long as you did your job and got on base, it was the job of the next guy to get him over and the guy after that to get him in.

ryan-braunSecondly, I whole-heartedly agree with him on the whole Ryan Bryaun comment. How do you explain to your kid that a guy who lied, cheated, and cost another man his job that it is alright to stand up and cheer for him? For that matter, how do you justify it to yourself? I have learned to except the fact that he is still allowed to play a game he tarnished, but I will never cheer for him.

And lastly, I despise bat flips. I also despise it when players score a touchdown and think they then have to dance or jump into the crowd or some other antic that is absolutely unnecessary. Drop your bat on the ground, hand the ball to the ref and act like you have accomplished other great things in your life. There is no need to showboat, or showoff. chocolateSyrup

I will take it a step further. I think MLB needs to ban all these stupid end of game celebrations with pies and shaving cream and chocolate syrup. MLB players need to show good sportsmanship. They should do like it is done in little league. After the game each team forms a single line and slaps the hand of every player on the opposing team, win loose or draw.

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