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2. Roger Clemens

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Couldn’t we just say look at the previous Barry Bonds entry and say “Ditto”? Seriously, the parallels are too great to ignore.


Like Bonds, Clemens may have had a Hall of Fame career before he allegedly took PEDs, and like Bonds, he dominated the steroid era as he did the decade before. He has the career statistics (353 wins and 4,672 strikeouts), the dominating seasons (seven Cy Youngs and an MVP) and two World Series Rings. “Rocket” Roger Clemens is arguably the best Pitcher in the past twenty five years.

None of this may matter. A solid percentage of his accomplishments took place under the shroud of steroids. Clemens was never known as the nicest baseball player (as Mike Piazza can attest to), but his post career handling of scandals has made him even less likable than the surly Bonds.   We have a feeling that Roger Clemens will forever go down in history as the Pitcher with the most Wins (and Strikeouts & Cy Youngs) who is not in the Baseball Hall of Fame. His only chance (like many others), will lie in the perception of the Steroids Era.



The Bullet Points:

Country of Origin:
Dayton, Ohio, U.S.A.

Eligible Since:
2012

Position:
Pitcher

Played for:

Boston Red Sox
Toronto Blue Jays
New York Yankees
Houston Astros

Major Accolades and Awards:

MVP (AL) (1) (1986)
Cy Young (7) (AL) (1987, 1987, 1991, 1997, 1998, 2001) (NL) (2004)
11 Time All Star (1986, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2003, 2004 & 2005)
Highest WAR for Pitchers (7) (AL) (1987, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1997 & 1998) (NL) (2005)
Lowest ERA (7) (AL) (1987, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1997 & 1998) (NL) (2005)
Most Wins (4) (AL) (1986, 1987, 1997 & 1998)
Most Innings Pitched (2) (AL) (1991 & 1997)
Most Strikeouts (5) (AL) (1988, 1991, 1996, 1997 & 1998)
Most Complete Games (3) (AL) (1987, 1988 & 1997)
Most Shutouts (6) (AL) (1987, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1992 & 1997)
World Series Rings (2) (New York Yankees, 1999 & 2000)

Other Points of Note:
Top Ten MVP Finishes (Won the 1986 AL MVP)
(AL: 1990, 3rd), (AL: 2001, 8th) & (NL: 2004, 8th)
Top Ten Cy Young Finishes: (Won the 1986, 1987, 1991, 1997, 1998 & 2001 AL Cy Young & the 2004 NL Cy Young)
(AL: 1988, 6th), (AL: 1990, 2nd), (AL: 1992, 3rd), (AL: 2000, 6th) & (NL: 2005, 3rd)
14 Top Ten Finishes (Earned Run Average)
12 Top Ten Finishes (Wins)
12 Top Ten Finishes (Innings Pitched)
18 Top Ten Finishes (Strikeouts)
10 Top Ten Finishes (Complete Games)
15 Top Ten Finishes (WAR for Pitchers)

Notable All Time Rankings:
2.   WAR for Pitchers: 128.4
3.   Strikeouts: 4,672
7.   Games Started: 707
9.   Wins: 354
16. Innings Pitched: 4,916.7
26. Shutouts: 46
85. Games Played: 709

Vote Percentage Received for the Hall of Fame:
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Should Be Inducted As A:
New York Yankee

Should Roger Clemens be in the Hall of Fame?

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Definitely put him in! - 61.5%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 0%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 0%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 38.5%

Comments   

 
-1 #1 Mark Chirhart 2012-07-23 09:23
I'd put him in as a Red Sox rather than as a Yankee or Blue Jay.
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0 #2 Fred Smerles 2014-08-04 01:04
The only real parallel between Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds is that they both juiced. Look, Clemens was a good pitcher, and HOF worthy, and you might even argue that he was the best pitcher of the last 25 years, but you would have an argument about that. No list of the "5 greatest starting pitchers ever" would include Clemens. On the other hand, Babe Ruth was the only power hitter in history that had a career comparable to Barry Bonds. You can argue about who was better, but there isn't any other slugger you can talk about in the same breath as those two. Steroids, whatever, I don't care. The fact is that keeping Barry Bonds out of the HOF diminishes the HOF a lot more than it diminishes Bonds.
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0 #3 Committee Chairman 2014-08-04 13:50
Fred. Well said.
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