Hall of Famer Gossage calls Bautista a ‘disgrace to the game’

He caused a storm of reaction with his comments about Jose Bautista calling him a "disgrace to the game". Goose Gossage joined Tim and Sid to defend and elaborate on that statement.

Due to an impassioned playing stye that includes massive bat flips and the occasional disagreement with umpires, Jose Bautista has picked up his fair share of detractors in his 12-year MLB career. On Thursday, a Hall of Fame player joined the list.

Former reliever Goose Gossage did not mince words in denouncing the Toronto Blue Jays slugger in an interview with ESPN.

“Bautista is a [expletive] 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.”

During Game 5 of the ALDS, Bautista authored a bat flip that is deeply engrained into the memory of Canadian baseball fans, and even spawned it’s own best-selling christmas sweater. However, the bat flip has been a constant for Bautista, who has no hangups about displaying his emotions on the field.

Upon hearing of Gossage’s comments, the 35-year-old slugger responded with both deference for his position in the game, and firm disagreement.

“He’s a great ambassador for the game,” Bautista told ESPN. “I don’t agree with him. I’m disappointed that he made those comments, but I’m not going to get into it with him. I would never say anything about him, no matter what he said about me. I have too much good stuff to worry about his comments. Today’ is my first game [of the spring,] getting ready for a new season, hopefully, we will whoop some more [expletive].”

Bautista was not Gossage’s only target in his ESPN interview. The 64-year-old took aim at the “nerds” in front offices he feels are turning baseball into a “joke”.

“I’ll tell you what has happened, these guys played Rotisserie baseball at Harvard or wherever the [expletive] they went and they thought they figured the [expletive] game out. They don’t know [expletive].”