"Everybody digs the long ball. If you struck out that many times back in the day, your (butt) would be back in the minor leagues," said Gossage, who advocates small ball as a way of defeating both power pitchers and infield shifts. "I think these computers got these kids - they're all like robots. You're telling me that a guy, a professional hitter, can't hit a ball the whole left or right side of an infield that's gone? How about laying down five or six or 10 bunts, like Boog Powell would have done?"
"If you can command and throw hard, I think it's one of the most exciting things in the game," said Goose Gossage, a 22-year big league pitcher who was a Yankees guest instructor this spring. "You know pretty much what you're going to get is a fastball and here it is, hit it if you can. To throw like Chapman or throw the ball hard with command is a tremendous asset."