Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Gossage, 43, Retires after 22 Seasons

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Gossage, 43, Retires after 22 Seasons

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Goose Gossage, whose Fu Manchu mustache and 95-mph fastball intimidated hitters in the 1970s, has called it a career after 22 years.

Gossage, 43, said Tuesday that he feels as if he still could help some major-league teams but realizes he may have run out of last chances.

Last year, he was a set-up reliever with the Seattle Mariners. Team officials assured him that he would have a job when striking players returned. But the Mariners have yet to invite him back, he said.

"I'm not voluntarily retiring. I'm just retired. It's a bittersweet feeling," he told the Colorado Springs Gazette-Telegraph.

"But I'm not disappointed. I've loved every minute of this game. But if there's no job out there for me, I can't play. Everybody in baseball faces it sooner or later. Here I am."

The Chicago White Sox drafted Gossage, from Colorado Springs, in 1970. He made it to the majors two years later and went on to become a nine-time All-Star selection. He was the second major-league pitcher in history to surpass 300 saves.

He pitched in 1,002 games, third on the career list. He had 310 saves, a record of 124-107 with 1,502 strikeouts, and a 3.01 earned-run average in 1,809 1/3 innings.

Gossage appeared in eight World Series games, and was the American League's top reliever in 1975 and 1978.

Gossage also pitched for the Pittsburgh Pirates, New York Yankees, San Diego Padres, Chicago Cubs and San Francisco Giants.

Felipe Alou of the Montreal Expos and Buck Showalter of the New York Yankees were named managers for this season's All-Star Game on July 11 at The Ballpark in Arlington, Texas. They led their respective clubs to the top records in baseball before the strike last season.

The Colorado Rockies extended the contract of manager Don Baylor through the 1996 season.

Baylor, 45, signed a two-year deal with the expansion Rockies before their inaugural 1993 season. Colorado had an option for this year.

Through two seasons, Baylor has compiled a 120-159 record.

The Kansas City Royals have signed free agent Felix Jose, their starting right fielder the past two seasons, to a minor-league contract. …

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