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Hall of Famer Goose Gossage: Jose Bautista, Yoenis Cespedes ‘disgrace to the game’ for showboating 03.11.16 at 11:39 am ET
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Goose Gossage is not happy with the way some modern MLB players behave. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA Today Sports)

Goose Gossage is not happy with the way some modern MLB players behave. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA Today Sports)

Hall of Fame reliever Goose Gossage made headlines Thursday after an interview with ESPN in which he went on a 10-minute, expletive-laden tirade. He ripped several current players as well as those who run the league.

Part of the new-school look to baseball involves flashiness. Antics like bat-flips, admiring home runs and showing up pitchers have become more accepted now than they ever were during Gossage’s playing days. This apparently does not sit well with him, as he specifically called out Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista for repeatedly showboating.

“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 [expletive] fool, like all those guys in Toronto. [Yoenis] Cespedes, same thing.”

When informed of Gossage’s strong words toward him, Bautista took the high road and did not return fire.

“He’s a great ambassador for the game,” Bautista said. “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 spring training], getting ready for a new season; hopefully, we will whoop some more ass.”

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Red Sox mourn employee Jack Lanzillotti, killed in car accident 06.23.14 at 8:08 am ET
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Welcome to Monday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

MLB: Red Sox at Mariners, 10:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-AM)
MLB: Nationals at Brewers, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
College baseball: World Series, Virginia vs. Vanderbilt, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
World Cup soccer: Netherlands vs. Chile, noon (ESPN; WEEI-AM)
World Cup soccer: Australia vs. Spain, noon (ESPN2)
World Cup soccer: Croatia vs. Mexico, 4 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI-AM)
World Cup soccer: Cameroon vs. Brazil, 4 p.m. (ESPN2)
Tennis: Wimbledon, 7 a.m. (ESPN), 11:30 a.m. (ESPNews), 2 p.m. (ESPN2)


— Award-winning Red Sox video producer Jack Lanzillotti was killed Saturday night along with his girlfriend when they were hit by a car while walking in Boston on Saturday night.

Lanzillotti, 28, and Jessica Campbell, 27, were walking near the intersection of Beacon and Fairfield streets around 9:15 p.m. when two vehicles collided, police told the media. One of the vehicles flipped and hit the couple, killing them both. Two individuals who were in one the cars were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Lanzillotti, a Shrewsbury native and Boston University graduate who was in his seventh year as a Red Sox employee, was the manager of productions/game operations. He produced video and scoreboard entertainment during games, and he created vignettes that were shown between innings and on NESN’s “Red Sox Report.”

“Jack has been an important, respected, and beloved member of our organization for the past seven years,” Red Sox president/CEO Larry Lucchino said Sunday in a team statement. “His poise under pressure and good-humored manner helped us deliver consistently outstanding results. We are all grief-stricken, and we send our deepest sympathies and condolences to Jack’€™s and Jessica’€™s families.”

Lanzillotti won a New England Emmy in 2011 for co-producing a feature on Jacoby Ellsbury‘s base-stealing ability.

Tino Martinez and Rich “Goose” Gossage became the latest Yankees enshrined with a plaque in Yankee Stadium‘s Monument Park when the team honored the players in consecutive days over the weekend.

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Alex Rodriguez: MLB ‘could have done me a favor’ by forcing slugger to get some rest 01.16.14 at 8:56 am ET
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In his first public comments since the rejection of his appeal last week, Alex Rodriguez said his 162-game suspension from baseball will give him time to rest.

“I think that in the year 2014, the league could have done me a favor because I’ve played 20 years without a timeout,” Rodriguez said at a press conference for the opening of a gym he is affiliated with in Mexico City, according to ESPN. “I think 2014 will be a year to rest mentally and physically prepare myself for the future and begin a new chapter of my life.

“I have three years left on my contract starting in 2015, and I hope to play very well and finish my career in New York.”

Speaking in Spanish, Rodriguez initially informed the press that he would not discuss his suspension or any of his legal issues before he briefly spoke on the topic. The Yankees third basemen went on to say that he hopes better news about the league can start to make headlines instead of his story.

“It’s a very sad story,” Rodriguez said. “And we hope we can take it out of the newspapers and I hope we can start concentrating on all the good things the big league is doing with all the young players moving forward.”

Despite this desire, information surfaced Wednesday about the extreme measures Rodriguez utilized both on and off the field.

Major League Baseball Players Association lawyer Daniel Engelstein revealed the pressure Rodriguez put on the union to find a solution other than arbitration to stop attempted disciplinary actions. Engelstein made the comments about Rodriguez the same day he asked a Manhattan federal court to make Rodriguez’€™s two lawsuits into a single case, according to The Associated Press.

Engelstein said Rodriguez found fault with the MLBPA’€™s actions as they were “not complying with Mr. Rodriguez’€™s demands that the union pursue extraordinary remedies outside of the arbitration process to ‘€˜stand up’€™ to MLB and to stop it from acting in a manner Mr. Rodriguez characterized as improper.”

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Jaguars say no to Tim Tebow 01.11.13 at 8:10 am ET
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Welcome to Friday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

NBA: Rockets at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI-FM)
NBA: Bulls at Knicks, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Thunder at Lakers, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Fairfield at Loyola (Md.), 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Wright State at Loyola (Ill.), 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College hockey: New Hampshire at Boston College, 7 p.m. (NESN)
College hockey: Union at Princeton, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
College hockey: Nebraska-Omaha at Denver, 10 p.m. (NBCSN)


‘™¦ So much for speculation about Tim Tebow‘s triumphant return to Florida.

New Jaguars general manager David Caldwell, speaking at his introductory press conference Thursday in Jacksonville, said Tebow, expected to be traded or released by the Jets this offseason, does not fit into the team’s plans.

“I can’t imagine a scenario in which he’ll be a Jacksonville Jaguar — even if he’s released,” Caldwell said.

Owner Shad Khan previously has expressed an interest in the former University of Florida standout, but on Thursday he said he’s standing behind his new GM.

“I’m telling them to take a look at Tebow, and they’re saying, ‘We’re going to go in a different direction,” Khan said. “That’s the difference.”

Blaine Gabbert might survive as the starting QB, but the Jaguars will have a change at coach, however, as Mike Mularkey was fired after one season and a 2-14 record, the worst in franchise history.

“We needed a rebuild from the ground up,” Khan said.

‘™¦ The Lakers continue to struggle along at 15-20 and on a five-game losing streak while they deal with injuries to four key players (Steve Nash, Dwight Howard, Pau Gasol and Steve Blake), but executive vice president Jim Buss said he has no plans to rebuild the aging roster.

“We still like this team a lot,” Buss said Thursday in an interview with ESPNLA 710 radio in Los Angeles. “How can you not believe in this team? This team is built to win. It’s a very, very solid team. We haven’t seen them all together and play together for games. In my mind, we would not consider a temporary fix or blow it up. Why blow up something we have a future with?

“It’s very difficult to talk this way because we’re five games under or six games under .500, and we’ve dug ourselves a hole. But at the same time, I feel that if we put it together, we can string seven or eight games in a row and dig ourselves out of this hole. If we play with the energy we’ve seen in the last two games, then I think you go into the playoffs with momentum.”

It cost the team $99.2 million to assemble this roster, but Buss said he doesn’t regret going all in.
“We stuck our neck out with this payroll because Kobe [Bryant] is in the twilight of his career and we want to win championships,” Buss said. “Now, am I upset that we might not make the playoffs? Of course. I’d be upset if I had a $10 payroll or a $200 million payroll. I want to make the playoffs and I want to win championships. But to panic? No, we’re not going to panic.”

‘™¦ Hall of Fame reliever Goose Gossage, who previously has voiced his opinion that players linked to performance-enhancing drugs should join him in the Hall, took things another step Thursday when he said he might boycott the Hall if such players were to be enshrined.

“What kind of a society and what kind of world are we living in where we reward these guys for cheating?” Gossage said on New York sports radio station WFAN. “What kind of message does that send? And you know what? If any of these guys ever get in, I probably will never go back to the Hall of Fame.”

Added Gossage: “Nobody got in [this year], and the guys that are performance-enhancing drug users ‘€¦ I think [the voters] sent them a statement that they didn’€™t get in, and nor should they ever get in. They’€™ve got to make an example [of Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens]. If they let them into the Hall of Fame, they might as well forget about testing and everything else.”

However, former Astros star Craig Biggio, who fell 39 votes shy of election, said if he had a vote he would have tabbed Bonds and Clemens.

“Barry Bonds was the greatest hitter that I’ve ever played against, the greatest players I ever played against. … Roger was one of the greatest pitchers of all time,” he said, adding. “I would have [voted them in]. Yes. I think those guys are Hall of Fame players. There’s not doubt about it, Barry and Roger, their numbers speak for themselves. And what they did on a baseball field speaks for themselves.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Jan. 11, 1977, with a 3-2 victory over the Capitals, which player became the fifth goaltender to record 100 career wins with the Bruins?

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Goose Gossage: Roger Clemens doesn’t belong in Hall of Fame 06.21.12 at 10:47 pm ET
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In an interview Thursday with ESPN New York 98.7, Hall of Fame pitcher Rich ‘€œGoose’€ Gossage called out Roger Clemens, saying the seven-time Cy Young Award winner is a cheater who shouldn’€™t be allowed to make the Hall of Fame.

Clemens was acquitted Monday on all charges of perjury in denying he used performance-enhancing drugs during his playing career.

‘€œAre we going to reward these guys for cheating?’€ Gossage asked radio hosts Michael Kay and Don La Greca. ‘€œEven though he was found innocent, it was because of the bad testimony. No one believed [Brian] McNamee, and [Andy] Pettitte kind of changed his thing — ‘€˜Did I really hear what he told me?’€™ ‘€

Gossage even compared the situation to that of O.J. Simpson‘€™s murder trial in 1995, when Simpson was acquitted on all charges, a verdict that still today is highly controversial.

‘€œO.J. Simpson, did you believe he didn’€™t kill those two people?’€ Gossage asked.

In light of the trial, Gossage also admitted that if he played during the steroid era, he ‘€œprobably would have’€ taken performance-enhancing drugs. Gossage played 22 seasons between 1972 and 1994, and steroids were just starting to become prevalent towards the end of his career.

‘€œSteroids weren’€™t a part of the game when I was playing. Toward the end, we wondered what was going on. We knew something was going on. Absolutely, I probably would have,’€ Gossage said.

‘€œThe peer pressure is what is so dangerous about steroids. It is affecting our kids in high school and into college. These things are bad for you and they have got to get rid of them. If you are lying, shame on you.’€

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