03/10/2016 17:33 EST | Updated 03/11/2017 00:12 EST

Hall of Famer Gossage tears into Toronto slugger Bautista over famous bat flip

Goose Gossage is not a fan of Jose Bautista's famous bat flip, and the Hall of Fame reliever doesn't mince words when he explains why.

In an expletive-filled interview with ESPN on Thursday, Gossage called Toronto's star slugger a "disgrace to the game."

"(Bautista's) embarrassing to all the Latin players, whoever played before him," Gossage said. "Throwing his bat and acting like a fool, like all those guys in Toronto."

Bautista made headlines in Toronto's 6-3 series-clinching win over the Texas Rangers in last year's American League Championship Series when, with considerable attitude, he threw his bat after belting a three-run homer in an electric seventh inning.

"He's a great ambassador for the game," Bautista told ESPN after being informed of Gossage's comments. "I don't agree with him. I'm disappointed that he made those comments, but I'm not going to get into it with him. I would never say anything about him, no matter what he said about me."

Gossage, a former star reliever with the New York Yankees, also ranted about the current state of baseball, saying the sport is being ruined by the :nerds" running it.

The Canadian Press