COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. For more than two decades, Rich "Goose" Gossage unnerved batters as one of baseball's most menacing and dominating relief pitchers. On Sunday, it was his turn for the jitters.
"This experience is overwhelming, over the top. I can't put in words," Gossage told a decidedly New York Yankees crowd during the ceremony that capped his 22-year career. Gossage had to pause twice to collect his thoughts including once when he was moved to tears talking about now dead teammates Thurman Munson and Bobby Murcer.
Dick Williams one of Gossage's former managers also was inducted Sunday. Williams managed six teams in 21-year career, winning the World Series with the Oakland Athletics in 1972 and 1973.
ORIOLES ACTIVATE WALKER: The Baltimore Orioles finally ran out of patience with rookie starter Radhames Liz, optioning the struggling left-hander to Triple-A Norfolk on Sunday and activating reliever Jamie Walker from the 15-day disabled list.
MCCANN INJURED IN COLLISION: Atlanta Braves All-Star catcher Brian McCann left the game Sunday against the Phillies after Shane Victorino ran him over in the sixth inning. It appeared Victorino collided into McCann helmet to mask.