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Gossage critical of Yankees GM Cashman

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Hall of Fame reliever Goose Gossage told the New York Daily News on Monday that he did not receive an invitation to the Yankees' Spring Training camp in Tampa, Fla.

Gossage, 66, has served as a guest instructor for many years at Yankees camp, but told the Daily News that the team did not reach out to him this year. Gossage was critical of Brian Cashman, telling the Daily News he isn't "a big fan" of the Yankees general manager.

Hall of Fame reliever Goose Gossage told the New York Daily News on Monday that he did not receive an invitation to the Yankees' Spring Training camp in Tampa, Fla.

Gossage, 66, has served as a guest instructor for many years at Yankees camp, but told the Daily News that the team did not reach out to him this year. Gossage was critical of Brian Cashman, telling the Daily News he isn't "a big fan" of the Yankees general manager.

"He would've been gone 10 years ago if George [Steinbrenner] was still around," said Gossage. "Do you think he's a good [expletive] baseball guy, really? He doesn't believe in [expletive] coaching."

"With power, is that what happens to you, you turn into an [expletive]?" Gossage added. "Is that it? I don't know."

Gossage's coaching tenure has not been without controversy in recent years. Gossage made critical comments last spring about Mariano Rivera's legacy as a closer, because Rivera typically threw only one inning as compared to the multi-inning fireman role Gossage occupied in his era. Gossage has also publicly criticized Jose Bautista for his bat flip in the 2015 American League Division Series as well as the sabermetrics movement in modern baseball.

Gossage's comments Monday, however, were clearly pointed at Cashman and his leadership in the Yankees front office.

"[Cashman] had a good manager in [Joe] Girardi," said Gossage. "They wouldn't let him manage. They want you to manage the way they want to manage. And he can get one of his nerds in the front office and put him into the dugout. If he had any [expletive], that's what he'd want to do, but he doesn't have any [expletive]."

Cashman could not be reached for comment.

"You'd have to ask Cash what the deal is with him," said Gossage. "I spoke my mind. But you can't do that anymore."

Matt Kelly is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @mattkellyMLB.

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