01.06.13

Not Since Joey Greco Have Cheaters Faced A Foe As Formidable As Goose Gossage

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If you thought Rich Gossage’s gripes with the Baseball Hall of Fame selection process were exhausted upon the reliever’s enshrinement in 2008, think again. Mindful that he cannot possibly deny sports journalists his semi-annual tirades against subsequent generations of players, Gossage tells the Denver Post’s Troy E. Renck, “If they elect known cheaters into the Hall of Fame, I am not sure I would go back. It hurts me to even think about it.” (link swiped from Baseball Think Factory)

“Cheaters should absolutely not be in the Hall of Fame. You are telling me we are going to reward these guys? Are you (expletive) kidding me? What is going on in this world? Right is right. Wrong is wrong.”

“If they get in, what does that tell our kids and everybody else? What message does that send?” said Gossage, the only native Coloradan in the Hall of Fame after receiving 85.8 percent of the vote following his career that included 310 saves. “They say there wouldn’t be a Hall of Fame without PEDs? I completely disagree. No cheaters. Period.”

“I try not to live in a glass house,” Gossage said. “Who’s to say if I was injured and HGH was available to me that I wouldn’t have taken it. But I didn’t. If I had, I would like to believe I would fess up and suffer the consequences, meaning no Hall of Fame.”

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