SAN DIEGO — Relief pitcher Rich (Goose) Gossage was suspended without pay for the rest of the 1986 baseball season by the San Diego Padres today.
Club President Ballard Smith said the suspension was effective immediately and was brought on by Gossage's repeated "personal attacks" against team owner Joan Kroc and Smith. Gossage, 5-7, with a 4.31 earned-run average, told a newspaper this week that Smith "doesn't know anything and doesn't care" about baseball.
The former New York Yankee said he missed playing there.
"I'd rather have a guy like George (Steinbrenner, Yankees owner) who wants to win every game than have the guy we have here who doesn't know anything and doesn't care," Gossage said. "He (Smith) cares more about our citizenship than winning. He wants choir boys and not winning players. What are we in this game for, to show what good people we are or to win games?"
"I never sang in a choir. I didn't know you had to go to church before you could play baseball," Gossage said.