Friday, August 20, 2010

Comments on the Roger Clemens situation

But I have a photo of Mike Piazza. Much has been said about the indictment of Roger Clemens for lying to the United States Congress about taking steroids. Perjury is a crime and certainly taking performance enhancing drugs attacks the integrity of the game of baseball. Clemens certainly has credentials to get into the Baseball Hall of Fame, but as we have seen with Mark McGwire, few baseball writers have voted for his induction. This can happen to Clemens, Sammy Sosa and others when they become eligible for induction 5 years after their retirement.

Let's turn back the clock to the 2000 season when the Yankees played the Mets in the regular season. Clemens threw the ball right at Mike Piazza's head at about 95 MPH. That can literally kill a batter. Mike was on the disabled list for a long time and missed the All-Star Game. This had to be intentional since Clemens has pinpoint control. A few months later in the Subway Series Mike Piazza's bat split when he was hitting against Clemens who through the piece of the bat back to Piazza. His excuse was "Duh, I thought that was the ball." If he thought it was the ball, why didn't he throw it to the first basemen. Even though it was the World Series, the umpire did not eject Clemens who was just hit with a $50,000 fine. To him that was just pocket change. If I was a baseball writer I would never elect Clemens to the Hall of Fame.

Should I send this journal entry to Suzyn Waldman?


Unknown said...

I agree Bruce. Clemens was unlikeable sometimes to boot.

Unknown said...

I agree Bruce. Clemen's was unlikeable to boot.


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