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Should Roger Clemens Make the Hall of Fame?

Sports 2012/06/19 16:00:00
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Legendary baseball pitcher Roger Clemens may have overcome the toughest obstacle of his career and, ironically, it was off the baseball field. Clemens was found not guilty on all six counts of perjury on Monday, in relation to the government's 2008 hearing about performance enhancing drugs in sports. Many people argue this whole saga dragged out way too long. Even more say the government should have been trying to prosecute real criminals and targeting bigger issues in America, as opposed to a retired baseball player that made some poor choices.

In the end, the federal government couldn't prosecute Clemens, but that doesn't mean seven-time Cy Young winner hasn't already been convicted in the court of public opinion. Clemens is definitely one of the greatest pitchers of all time, with numerous stops throughout his career -- and perhaps none more famous than his stint with the New York Yankees that saw him capture World Series Titles. But that won't stop some baseball writers from refusing to vote for him come Hall of Fame time.

Clemens has the performance enhancing drugs cloud over his career now and that could keep him out of the Hall of Fame for good. He was acquitted of all charges, but his public image took a severe hit. Gone was the fan favorite pitcher. Instead, Clemens became more known for his quotes about 'misremembering,' his alleged steroid use and an apparent affair with a country singer despite being a married man. It's important to keep in mind that Clemens does have Hall of Fame numbers and accomplishments, but his character will forever be in question by those who decide if and when he gets baseball's ultimate honor. We're sure Roger Clemens hopes those voters 'misremember' certain things too.

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  • Rick 2012/07/22 01:18:48
    Yes
    Rick
    4,672 Strikeouts. How do we ignore that? Pete Rose had 4,256 career hits. That can't be ignored forever either.
  • tom.secoy 2012/06/27 21:30:23
    Yes
    tom.secoy
    +1
    So should Pete Rose
  • littlebuffalo55TBA 2012/06/22 03:45:03
    Yes
    littlebuffalo55TBA
    +1
    Sure does! Even if to add some credence to being found not guilty. He for sure has the stats!
  • Hebsi 2012/06/22 00:25:31
    No
    Hebsi
    He's a cheater. Nuff said.
  • Giantfan 2012/06/21 20:54:44
    Yes
    Giantfan
    He was found not guilty so yes had he been found guilty then I's say no.
  • aneed2know 2012/06/21 05:16:53
    Yes
    aneed2know
    but with a * by his name
  • beach bum 2012/06/21 04:33:05
    Yes
    beach bum
    yes
  • Insomniatic_Rush 2012/06/21 02:42:58
    Yes
    Insomniatic_Rush
    Don't know who he is, but I figured "sure, why not?"
  • sm237 2012/06/21 00:03:01
    Yes
    sm237
    +1
    One of the best pitchers of all time....YES
  • Bryan Longworth 2012/06/21 00:02:30
    No
    Bryan Longworth
    +2
    Roger Clemens was definitely a talented pitcher who would have been a shoe in if he hadn't used steroids. In using steroids, he cheated. Cheaters don't belong in the Hall of Fame.
  • TheTruth1313 2012/06/20 19:45:31
    Yes
    TheTruth1313
    +1
    No doubt about it. The man was one of the greatest pitchers in the history of the game.
  • cm 2012/06/20 18:14:19
    Yes
    cm
    +1
    His numbers are overwhelming.
  • jackolantyrn356 2012/06/20 17:06:33
    Yes
    jackolantyrn356
    Obviously you did not see th last few innings of the Red Sox win to win the World Series. Clemons litterly had to have his arm tied on and finally nailed on hiss body so he could pitch .., Personel loss for him, but a win that was a long time coming for the Red Sox.
  • DMC4196 2012/06/20 16:00:18
    Yes
    DMC4196
    +1
    Even if he had lied to Congress, big deal, they lie to us constantly. Congress should not be wasting its time on issues that do not concern it. Let baseball take care of baseball, Congress needs to balance the budget and protect the borders.
  • Bob 2012/06/20 15:33:50 (edited)
    Yes
    Bob
    +1
    So should Pete Rose. I dislike Clemens, very much. But is a great pitcher if you can dodge balls thrown at you.
  • jackola... Bob 2012/06/20 17:09:40
    jackolantyrn356
    +1
    Frankly I never saw an intentional "Cannon" at a batsman, The ball would get away from Clemons pretty consistently over the years. No one ever taught him or it was that muscle string which was damaged early in his career and he was afrid to fix it.
  • Bob jackola... 2012/06/21 16:19:22
    Bob
    In my opinion he had it out for Mike Piazza: I feel he intentionally threw the ball at him: remember the bat that splintered he threw the remaining part at Piazza. I lost all respect for him after that.
  • talli 2012/06/20 15:27:10
    Yes
    talli
    +3
    This investigation was a colossal waste of taxpayer money. The evidence was based on testimony from a deeply flawed source. One guy with an axe to grind. Government officials have better things to do. If only they would do it!!!!,!
  • DMC4196 talli 2012/06/20 15:57:00
    DMC4196
    Amen to all your points, Clemmens was being tried for lying to the largest group of liars in the northern hemisphere. Am I the only one who sees the irony in this?
  • talli DMC4196 2012/06/22 05:10:30
    talli
    +1
    Lying is only a crime if you are NOT a government official!
  • exhon2009 talli 2012/06/22 21:23:24
    exhon2009
    +1
    Henry Waxman ought to be waxed over for Madame Tussauds.
  • jacktown kid 2012/06/20 15:20:32
    Yes
    jacktown kid
    Absolutely
  • bakermom 2012/06/20 15:04:37
    No
    bakermom
    He's a LIAR!!!
  • smitty 2012/06/20 14:36:24
    Yes
    smitty
    Also this man... Charlie Hustle.

    pete rose
  • keliffa 2012/06/20 14:36:09
    Yes
    keliffa
    I think he was using but he was found not guilty so yes.
  • stevegtexas@aol.com 2012/06/20 14:09:03
  • MorrowJen 2012/06/20 13:17:00
  • L Dub 2012/06/20 12:19:48
    No
    L Dub
    .He used to be a whiner when other pitchers used to pitch close to him like he use to do to other batters..........
  • Paddington Frisk 2012/06/20 12:07:29
  • Resp 2012/06/20 11:42:30
    Yes
    Resp
    He has been found innocent. There is nothing to prevent him from entering the Hall of Fame.
  • Vieuphoria 2012/06/20 08:56:36
    Yes
    Vieuphoria
    He clearly made massive impact and contribution to his sport. This is all the matters in regards to the Hall Of Fame.
  • activ1 2012/06/20 06:04:50
    No
    activ1
    +2
    No, and none of the other "steroid era" guys should either. It's a smack in the face to all the others who kept themselves clean.
  • Resp activ1 2012/06/20 11:46:15
    Resp
    +1
    Despite your personal beliefs, Clemens was found not guilty. Anyone can make allegations about anything. Yes his reputation has been stained. But I'm sorry their was not enough proof.
  • activ1 Resp 2012/06/21 06:14:58
    activ1
    You are correct of course, but I will just hate to see these guys in the Hall alongside guys who always did the right thing.
  • Joey 2012/06/20 05:44:50
    Yes
    Joey
    A long side Barry Bonds .
  • jackola... Joey 2012/06/20 17:13:01
    jackolantyrn356
    Bonds attacks on the fans earned his well deservd dislike.
  • Azrael-In GOD we trust 2012/06/20 01:57:23
    Yes
    Azrael-In GOD we trust
    You bet he should!!!
    Government should have been prosecuting their own criminals starting at the top of the heap, working their way down to the bottom.
    I'm delighted the jury found Clemens not guilty. The man's been thru enough BS already.
    It would be nice if congress would worry about the people in charge of this country, causing its collapse.
  • Bill Sundling 2012/06/20 01:40:26
    No
    Bill Sundling
    Cheaters don't to deserve to be honored.
  • Resp Bill Su... 2012/06/20 11:47:41
    Resp
    What cheater? Don't you see that he was not found guilty? Now where does he salvage his reputation?
  • Bill Su... Resp 2012/06/21 00:36:48
    Bill Sundling
    It's obvious that he took illegal supplements. He was fading away as a pitcher and suddenly grew much stronger.

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