“I was brought into situations that God couldn’t get out of and I got
out of them.”
Hall of Famer Rich “Goose” Gossage
Rich “Goose” Gossage pitched in the Major Leagues for nine different teams over 22 years. Gossage was selected to nine All-Star teams and he led the American League in saves three times. In eight of Gossage’s first ten seasons as a “closer”, Goose’s ERA was 2.27 or less. Gossage pitched on one World Championship team – the 1978 New York Yankees. “Goose” Gossage was inducted into Baseball’s Hall of Fame in 2008.
The above quote by “Goose” describes the difference between the modern closer and Hall of Fame relief pitchers Bruce Sutter, Rollie Fingers, and “Goose.” Gossage was a truly dominant relief pitcher, and, in my opinion, he should not have had to wait so long to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. The game has changed: closers hardly ever pitch more than one inning. Mariano Rivera has one save in his career in which he recorded seven or more outs. Rich Gossage chalked up 53 saves in his career in which he recorded seven or more outs. These days there is a “set-up’ man to pitch the 8th inning. “The Goose” often was both the “set-up” man and the closer! He was outstanding!