The feud between Hall of Famer Rich "Goose" Gossage and New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman increased by a few more octaves on Monday when the former closer ripped Cashman in an expletive-filled rant to the New York Daily News.
Gossage, 66, wasn't invited to spring training as a guest instructor and was peeved over that decision.
"Well, with power, is that what happens to you, you turn into a (expletive expletive)," Gossage told the Daily News in reference to Cashman. "Is that it? I don't know."
Gossage, who pitched for the Yankees from 1978-83 and part of 1989, said former owner George Steinbrenner is "rolling over in his grave."
"(Cashman) would've been gone 10 years ago if George was still around," Gossage said. "He'd have been gone when he jumped out of that (expletive) airplane. Do you think he's a good (expletive) baseball guy, really? He doesn't believe in (expletive) coaching."
Gossage's airplane comment was a reference to an injury Cashman sustained while skydiving in 2013.
Gossage said he asked Cashman for an answer last year regarding why their relationship had become strained.
"(Cashman) didn't answer ... he didn't say a word," Gossage told the newspaper.
Gossage made headlines during spring training in each of the past two years due to his pointed comments. In 2016, he called then-Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista a "(expletive) disgrace to the game" for his bat flip after hitting a homer during the previous postseason and termed baseball analytics' executives as a "bunch of "(expletive) nerds running the game."
Last year, he said it was "insulting" to be compared with former Yankees closer Mariano Rivera because Gossage typically pitched multiple innings to wrap up games while Rivera was primarily a one-inning closer.
Gossage accumulated 151 of his 310 career saves with the Yankees.
--Field Level Media