Gossage stands by Bautista comments


MLB Hall of Famer Goose Gossage said he has no regrets over his expletive-laden tirade toward Toronto Blue Jays star Jose Bautista.

Gossage sparked backlash on Thursday when he criticised Bautista and called him a "f****** disgrace to the game" as he summed up the state of baseball.

The 64-year-old was particularly scathing of Bautista's bat flip celebration, made famous during game five of last season's American League Division series, while he was also critical of New York Mets star Yoenis Cespedes.

And even though he was summoned to a meeting by the New York Yankees on Friday, Gossage stood by his comments.

"Everything is good," Gossage told reporters. "I lost my mind for a minute.

"You are talking to an old-school guy. There are things I have a hard time with. The game taught me a long time ago, control what you can control. This is what it is and I said what I said.''

Gossage added: "I said what I said. I was passed the torch about a certain way to act. Flipping the bat isn't part of that.

"All the things I said about Bautista just came to my mind and I got it off my chest.''