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The Yankees didn’t invite Goose Gossage to spring training this year

Everyone can breathe easy now because Goose Gossage won’t be around to say something stupid again

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The Yankees have announced their list of guest instructors as pitchers and catchers finally report for duty. It has been a long, slow, and sometimes boring offseason only highlighted by the acquisition of Giancarlo Stanton, but now that spring training is upon us, we can finally get back to the part of baseball that is actually important: the playing of it. In order to help that process along, the Yankees have brought in a few guest instructors, while leaving out one key name.

Ron Guidry, Willie Randolph, Tino Martinez, Mark Teixeira, Alfonso Soriano, and Nick Swisher will all be in attendance this spring in order to help players for the season ahead. It’s always good to see team legends like Guidry and Randolph hang around and teach another generation of players. Some of the younger guys, like Tex, Soriano, and Swisher are also nice to see because you hopefully get something different out of them than you would from the older guys.

The person we should all be happy to see not part of this bunch, though, is Goose Gossage. The 22-year veteran pitcher may be a Hall of Famer, but he’s been nothing but a distraction in spring training for years now. It feels like we have been dealing with his crap forever, as he shows up for spring training, says something incredibly stupid about something, and then contributes very little else.

In recent years, Gossage has insulted Mariano Rivera for not pitching more than one inning at a time, complained about Clint Frazier’s hair, argued about analytics in the game, and insulted Jose Bautista for his attitude. Even though he won’t be there in person this year, the New York media was quick to call him up and ask him how he felt about it. Among many things, Gossage outright stated he doesn’t like Brian Cashman because he values the opinions of NERDS over REAL BASEBALL PEOPLE.

I’m not going to link to any of his screed or really give his word vomit much attention here because the point is that we no longer have to deal with this trash. Gossage may have been a good baseball player over two decades ago, but he has nothing to add to the conversation in 2018. As he has stated on multiple occasions, the game has passed him by, and we should all be glad that it has. I don’t care how effective he is at teaching prospects how to throw a fastball, if he has this kind of mentality about the organization and the game, it’s hard to see how he could possibly get through to a kid who was born after he stopped playing.

Just like when you’re playing baseball, I believe that you can get too old to coach it too. If you’re not careful, sooner or later you lose the ability to relate to the younger students around you, and that’s when it’s time to move on and let someone else have a go at it. Goose Gossage should have seen that ages ago, the Yankees organization should have done something about it years ago. Instead, we were subjected to endless rants and ravings from a man who was too out of touch to understand that no one wanted to hear what he said, other than to scoff at him.

The Yankees, and any major league team, have a hard enough time getting through spring training without any unwanted stories getting out. At this point in his life and career, Gossage was a guarantee for drama any time he opened his mouth in public. It’s finally time to experience baseball without the world’s most cynical and miserable voice billowing out poisonous negativity from his face. This year is looking to be a breath of fresh air.

Now, onto the former players the Yankees actually did bring in, I have some concern over the involvement of Tino Martinez. As loved as he was, he really showed how unprepared he was to be a professional coach when he reportedly choked a player he was not working well with. Sure, the 2013 Marlins were terrible, and the players he had a problem with also sucked, but that doesn’t give you the right to touch another person, especially someone you are supposed to be leading, if you have a disagreement. Maybe he’s learned his lesson, but it’s something to be wary of in the future.