Until Thursday afternoon, Roger Clemens' legacy was etched in bronze. He was destined to go down as the greatest pitcher of his era -- the greatest ever, in the estimation of many. And he embodied the notion that age 40, for the driven modern-day ballplayer, is indeed the new 30.
|Here are the results of an ESPN.com poll of Hall of Fame voters on Roger Clemens' Cooperstown candidacy in light of the findings in the Mitchell report (total responses: 90)|
|Question: If the Hall of Fame election were held today, would you vote for Roger Clemens?|
|NOTE: Candidates need 75 percent of the vote for election.|
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Roger Clemens is eighth on the all-time list with 354 career wins.
This may come to be known as the steroid era. But for writers who have a Hall of Fame vote, it's the Advil era.
--Mark Purdy, San Jose Mercury News columnist
Don't do a thing to Roger Clemens accept vote him into the hall of fame in 5 years. People forget that (yes, steroids are illegal), but they do not necessarily create an imbalance in the playing field. Look at it this way:
As far as hitting goes, a batter can have all the steroid power in the world, but if he does not have proper timing, contact, and accuracy, he'll never hit a home run! Power alone doesn't foster a home run swing. Every single player in the MLB, even pitchers, should be able to hit home runs, steroids or not.
Same goes for pitching. Roger Clemens can take all the steroids he wants to build his arm strength and endurance, but if he can't throw the ball for strikes or have an effective change, he won't even last past the 5th inning!
I see nothing wrong with players wanting to speed their recovery time and better themselves for the good of baseball and their fans. As a fan of baseball, I don't care who takes steroids. In fact, I'm angered by this whole mess. And how are they supposed to punish all these players? If they punished everyone on that list and others, they would be removing at least 15-25% of the league and I'm sure that won't go over well with fans and ticket prices. Its also very unfair that they used Barry Bonds as the posterboy and he's the only one who could go to jail out of the steroid users. Why? Because he lied to the grand jury? I GUARANTEE that at least half of those on Mitchell's list would have done the same if they were in Bonds' position. Why did they go after Bonds before Mitchell's report was released? So, if you are going to throw Bonds in jail, throw Clemens and the other steroid users in jail. Otherwise, let Bonds go.