January 8th, 2008

NYY, melky

Goooooooooooooooooose!

Rich "Goose" Gossage, one of the most dominant relievers in baseball history, was elected to the Hall of Fame today. The travesty is that he wasn't elected sooner, especially given that Bruce Sutter got in two years ago. Gossage had Sutter's career, plus an additional ten years as a good pitcher. There's an argument to be made that Sutter belongs in the Hall, but if he belongs, there's simply no way to say that Gossage doesn't.

I remember watching Goose pitch for the Yanks in 1978 and onward, and he was just amazing. I also briefly met him outside Yankee Stadium when me and a friend were trying to get autographs, and he was incredibly gracious and nice.

I'm incredibly disappointed that Tim Raines didn't get in, and disappointed but not surprised that, once again, Bert Blyleven didn't get in. But still, at least the BBWAA got something right. *grin*

Yay, Goose!
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