Gossage began his comments after being asked about Aroldis Chapman, who was scheduled to make his debut for the Yankees on Thursday. Gossage has long lamented how much more difficult it was for relievers in his day, going multiple innings instead of the one inning that specialists of today pitch. He thinks that pitch counts have directly led to injuries.

“They have been created from the top, from their computers,” Gossage said. “They are protecting these kids. The first thing a pitcher does when he comes off the mound is ask, ‘How many pitches do I have?’ If I had asked that f—ing question, they would have said, ‘Son, get your ass out there on that mound. If you get tired, we’ll come and get you.'”

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons, when informed of Gossage’s comments about his team, said it is a new era in the game.

“The game has definitely changed,” Gibbons told ESPN. “Baseball was kind of always the one game that policed itself and there was no showing everybody up. Players would handle it. Umpires would let players handle it. That’s not the case anymore. If somebody doesn’t like something you do, you buzz somebody, they suspend you. The whole game has changed. The fans love it. Honest to God, the only team that is not animated that much is these guys [the Yankees]. But that has been their history, and I admire that.”

Courtesy of ESPN by Senior Writer Andrew Marchand