Goose wants Ge­orge in the Hall

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS -

TAMPA, FLA. — Rich Gos­sage says late New York Yan­kees owner Ge­orge Stein­bren­ner and for­mer play­ers’ union head Marvin Miller should join him in Hall of Fame.

Stein­bren­ner, the bom­bas­tic and suc­cess­ful owner of the Yan­kees from 1973 un­til his death in 2010, f ailed to gain elec­tion in a vote by the To­day’s Game Era Com­mit­tee in De­cem­ber. He also fell short on 2010 and 2013 Ex­pan­sion Era bal­lots.

“He and Marvin Miller prob­a­bly changed the game more than any­body the last 100 years,” Gos­sage said Fri­day. “Ge­orge was amaz­ing, in want­ing to win, the free agency and the way he uti­lized it. Wow.”

New York won seven World Se­ries cham­pi­onships and 11 AL pen­nants dur­ing Stein­bren­ner’s ten­ure.

“As an owner, no­body wanted to win more than Ge­orge,” Gos­sage said. “He saw the tra­di­tion. No­body in any sport has done what the Yan­kees have done, and Ge­orge kept the Yan­kees the Yan­kees.”

“I played for eight other or­ga­ni­za­tions so I have a good sense of how those other or­ga­ni­za­tions are op­er­ated, and it was noth­ing like the Yan­kees,” Gos­sage added. “They were great or­ga­ni­za­tions. I’m not knock­ing them, but no­body de­manded that ex­cel­lence like Ge­orge did.”

A Yan­kees spring train­ing in­struc­tor, Gos­sage wouldn’t com­ment on the elec­tion of for­mer com­mis­sioner Bud Selig by the com­mit­tee in De­cem­ber.

“My mother told me if you had noth­ing good to say, then say noth­ing,” Gos­sage said.

MATT ROURKE, THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Rich (Goose) Gos­sage says his old Yan­kee boss should be with him in the Base­ball Hall of Fame. MARK DIDTLER

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