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Goose Gossage to appear at ‘Unwritten Rules’ event at St. Paul Saints game


Hall of Famer Goose Gossage made some serious waves during spring training due to a few caustic tirades against what he perceives as the sorry state of modern-day baseball.

The St. Paul Saints, no strangers to offbeat promotions — even by minor league/semi-professional baseball standards — have jumped on the opportunity to have some fun with Gossage’s curmudgeonly comments by hosting an “Unwritten Rules of Baseball” event at an upcoming game.

On July 6, the first 1,500 fans to walk through the gates at CHS Field will be given their very own “Unwritten Rule Book.” Gossage will be on hand to sign copies of the “first of its kind” book, throw out the “ceremonial first (brush back) pitch” and also will pay a visit to the Saints broadcast booth.

More from the Saints’ announcement, via the team’s official site:

Coming in at more than 200 pages and 4.1” wide and 6.3” high the 2016 Official Baseball Rulebook explains everything from the layout of the field, to equipment that can be used to how a game should be scored.  The 2016 Official Baseball Unwritten Rulebook will be similar in size with fewer pages and, by the end of the night; it will be packed with information that addresses baseball situations that have been hotly debated for decades.  Wondering about the superstition of discussing a no-hitter?  It can be in the book.  What about stealing a base when you’re up 10 runs?  It can be in the book.  What about bunting on a pitcher throwing a no-hitter?  All you have to do is flip open the book, grab a pencil and the answer can appear right before your eyes.

Gossage slammed numerous superstar major leaguers during his spring training rants, including Bryce Harper, Jose Bautista and Yoenis Cespedes. His comments – for which he later apologized — sparked an interesting debate about how modern-day ballplayers violate the so-called “unwritten rules,” something Harper railed against in previous comments.

In other words, the decision to bring in Gossage to whimsically make fun of the long-held belief by old-timers that unwritten rules must be followed is an unquestionably brilliant move.

[H/T Hardball Talk]