Former Yankees great Goose Gossage calls Jose Bautista a 'disgrace'

Toronto Blue Jays Jose Bautista peers out from the clubhouse door at a spring training baseball workout in Dunedin Fla. Wednesday Feb. 24 2016. MANDATORY CREDIT

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Harper expressed his feelings on the unwritten rules of Major League Baseball when Papelbon, his teammate, threw up high at Manny Machado after the Orioles' infielder took Max Scherzer deep for a tide-turning home run that put the Birds ahead for good.

Gossage's main beef is that the game has changed, in his opinion, for the worse.

"I mean, it's pretty exhausted". I don't agree with him.

"It's not just one or two guys - there are several guys you see it happen [with]", Collins said. He said he understood where the Yankees brass was coming from, but didn't wish to take back any of his words, some of which he repeated on radio shows in NY and Chicago. The Gossage generation - and he alluded to this in his rant - feels that it fought the good labor fight to make Harper's upcoming mega contract possible.

"Bautista is a f****** disgrace to the game", Gossage told ESPN.

Philadelphia Phillies' Jerad Eickhoff pitches during the third inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs Saturday Sept. 12 2015 in Philadelphia

The 64-year-old, who spent six seasons of his career with the New York Yankees, is among a group of former Yankees spending spring training with the team. He doesn't care. Because you got him. And while I do think it's important to go ahead and dismiss final game scores and who is winning and losing games, John addressed this to some extent in a post just a couple of days ago, so I'll leave it at that. "There are going to be 20 (expletive) guys waiting for you". If a guy pimps a homer for a game-winning shot. The hell with it, he's all in. "I'm disappointed that he made those comments, but I'm not going to get into it with him".

There really isn't an "old school" and a "new school", just old players who view the past with rose-colored glasses and young players who are living in a social media world that magnifies everything they do. It's exciting to see those players in those sports. "I'm looking to go nine a lot this year, and anything I can to keep that efficiency up and to keep my pitch count low, I'm going to do". It's that flair. The dramatic. "They don't know s-." . Baseball needs that fire and that swagger, it pumps up the crowds, gets the other players excited and yes drives the other team insane.

Babe Ruth's most famous home run, which we all remember as the controversial "called shot", was the ultimate in-your-face homer and Ruth played it for all it was worth. The rules enacted don't detract from the objective of the game, which is to score more runs than your opponent and record enough defensive outs to end the game.

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