Hall-of-Fame reliever Goose Gossage’s relationship with Yankees won’t be improving anytime soon.
“When Mr. Steinbrenner passed, I remember having a discussion with a couple of the guys and everybody thought that Hank would be the guy next in line,” the 68-year-old Gossage said. “He was more like his dad, more outspoken. He didn’t mind being out in the public.
“Hal isn’t like that. Hal’s a very private guy that was kind of thrust into that position of running the ballclub financially. And now … This is the way I look at the Yankees: They’ve been a rudderless ship since Mr. Steinbrenner passed.”
Gossage has been ostracized by the Yankees after a very public feud with general manager Brian Cashman after the pinstriped legend repeatedly took shots at the Yankees’ move toward analytics, among other things.
“I don’t even miss going,” Gossage said of his one-time spring training instructor role that ended in 2018.
It appeared that Hank was going to take control of the Yankees when he was frequently opining on the team in 2007. However, power over the organization eventually went to Hal.