“I think he (Rivera) is a tremendous relief pitcher,” said Gossage, a nine-time All-Star who played his last game for the Seattle Mariners in 1994. “He’s the best, current-day, modern reliever. When I was inducted into the Hall of Fame, I was told that I had 53 saves with seven-plus outs. I was told that Mariano had one and Trevor Hoffman had two. So, I think that says it in a nutshell.”
Gossage, who retired with a record of 124-107 and a 3.01 ERA, is an utter “nut” to even insinuate that he is a better pitcher than Mariano Rivera is.
Rivera, a 10-time All-Star selection and instrumental piece of five championship teams, has recorded 526 saves with a minuscule 2.25 ERA since he made his professional debut for the Yankees in May 1995.
Tellingly, Rivera owns a superior lifetime earned run average than Gossage does despite the fact that he pitched in the apex of the dreaded Steroid Era.
At 39 years of age in 2009, Rivera managed to have one of the finest seasons in his storybook career.
At this juncture, everything indicates that the native of Panama and his mid-90s mile-per-hour cut fastball will remain a force on the hill for years to come.
However, even if “Old Father Time” were to immediately pull alongside Rivera this spring, “The Sandman” would still hang-up his cleats as a far more accomplished hurler Goose Gossage.
Take my hand
“The Goose” is off to never-never land