Former Yankees pitcher Goose Gossage didn't receive an invitation to the team's spring training this year, and it is safe to say he isn't happy. And he is directed that unhappiness toward one person in particular: GM Brian Cashman.
Gossage has not held back his controversial opinions on current and former players as well as baseball's integration of sabermetrics, which he called a "joke" because he believes "a bunch of f---ing nerds running the game."
This time, he aired out Cashman saying the Yankees' late owner, George Steinbrenner, would have been looking for a new GM years ago if he was still alive.
"He would've been gone 10 years ago if George was still around," Gossage told NY Daily News' Amara Grautski and Mike Mazzeo. "He'd have been gone when he jumped out of that f---ing airplane. Do you think he's a good f---ing baseball guy, really? He doesn't believe in f---ing coaching."
Gossage went on to add: "Well, with power, is that what happens to you, you turn into a f---ing a--hole. Is that it? I don't know."
Cashman and Gossage used to be good friends, according to the former Yankees closer. Gossage confronted Cashman about the situation, saying, "we used to get along. I used to like you. And then something changed."
Gossage's latest comment about the Yankees came when he was compared Mariano Rivera, which he found as "insulting" as he used to close game in the ninth, while Gossage spanned two or three innings sometimes to finish off opponents.
"I'm not taking anything away from what Mo did, but don't compare me to him," he said. "It's insulting. It really is."
As for other MLB players, Gossage had strong words to say about Jose Bautista's infamous bat flip after a walk-off homer in Game 5 of the ALDS with the Rangers in 2015, calling it a "f---ing disgrace to the game." He added Yoenis Cespedes' bat flip in Game 3 of the Mets' NLDS series with the Dodgers that same year was the "same thing."
Cashman and former manager Joe Girardi had a meeting with Gossage about his comments last year, and now he may have to meet with Cashman again. But Gossage won't bother asking what is wrong with Cashman again.
"You'd have to ask Cash what the deal is with him," Gossage said. "I spoke my mind. But you can't do that anymore."