Gossage, Minus $25,000, Is Reinstated By Padres

Posted: September 19, 1986

San Diego Padres reliever Rich "Goose" Gossage, who was suspended Aug. 29 for criticizing the team and its owner, was reinstated yesterday after agreeing to a $25,000 loss in pay.

The team announced that Gossage and the Major League Players Association had withdrawn a grievance filed against the club that was scheduled to be heard today.

Padres president Ballard Smith suspended Gossage, citing a major-league rule that allows clubs to take disciplinary action against a player for repeated and continuing insubordination and similar behavior not in the best interest of the team.

"I am pleased we have resolved this matter, and I am eager to return to playing baseball," Gossage said in a statement released by the Padres. "I apologize to (team owner) Joan Kroc and Ballard Smith for my comments about them. I was wrong to make personal remarks about them and I regret having done so."

The suspension began Aug. 29, two days after Gossage's comments to a New York newspaper, in which he said Smith didn't know anything about winning baseball and didn't care.

"He (Smith) cares more about our citizenship than winning," Gossage was quoted as saying. "He wants choirboys and not winning players."

Gossage also was quoted as saying that Smith "just listens to what Mom says," a reference to Kroc, Smith's mother-in-law and widow of McDonald's founder Ray Kroc.

Gossage was quoted as saying that Kroc was "poisoning the world with her cheeseburgers."

In the statement released yesterday, Gossage said: "I also apologize to McDonald's. My family and I have been and will continue to be regular customers of McDonald's."

Gossage, who signed with the Padres in 1984 as a free agent, is 5-7 with a 4.31 ERA and 21 saves this season.

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