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Gossage, Bonds Isn't Fit for Hall
"No, I don't," Gossage said. "The integrity of the game is all these numbers that all those great players like Hank and Babe Ruth put up before. I could never understand why there wasn't an investigation being done."
Gossage said that baseball executives thought increased drug testing, instituted after Congressional hearings more than a year ago, would make the problem go away, but that they were proven wrong when the book "Game of Shadows," which was published this spring, detailed specific accusations.
During his playing career, Gossage said, he suspected some players of steroid use but never saw anything firsthand. An investigation by Major League Baseball is in progress under George Mitchell, the former Senate majority leader.
"It seems to be beyond what anyone even thought," Gossage said of steroid use. "I'm wondering why is nothing being done to protect the integrity of the game. They're keeping Pete Rose out of the Hall of Fame for gambling — which they should."
pitched, mostly in relief, for nine teams from 1972 through 1994, including six
years with the Yankees. In last January's Hall of Fame voting,
he finished third, behind Bruce Sutter and Jim Rice. But only Sutter was named
on the required 75 percent of the ballots needed for induction. Sutter will be
the fourth relief pitcher inducted when ceremonies at
Gossage played in 1,002 games and in nine All-Star games. He had a record of 124-107, an earned run average of 3.01 and 310 saves, while striking out 1,502 batters over 1,809 innings. But he played mostly before the era of the specialized closer.
Closers today usually get a save after working only the ninth inning. Gossage often entered games earlier and pitched multiple innings. With a hefty build and intimidating style, Gossage was the prototype against which many closers are measured.
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"I would have drilled Manny years ago," Gossage said. "He wouldn't have pulled that stuff, stand there and stare at home runs."
Between two long rain delays, the Yankees and the Florida Marlins played half
an inning yesterday at Yankee Stadium, with
The game was rescheduled for tonight as part of a doubleheader with separate admissions. The first game is to begin at , as scheduled.
Tickets or rain checks for yesterday's rained-out game will be honored tonight, the Yankees announced, or can be exchanged for a different game this season or in 2007.
Mike Mussina will start for the Yankees in the first game. Shawn Chacon, who pitched briefly yesterday, will start tonight's game, Manager Joe Torre said. Should Chacon be unavailable to pitch, Torre said, the starter will be Ron Villone.
one or both of today's games are rained out, they cannot be made up
immediately, because the Yankees are to play host to
not sure of anything,"
contract expires after this season, and
me, I've got 18 years to back up what I can do,"