MLB notes: Roger Clemens joins Boston’s hall of fame
Roger Clemens took advantage of his induction into the Boston Red Sox hall of fame to throw batting practice to two of his sons on the field at Fenway Park. Then, it was off to Chicago to see another son play in a high school All-America game at Wrigley Field.
But at no point in his busy schedule, the seven-time Cy Young winner said, does he spend any time worrying about whether he will eventually gain election to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.
“If it happens, it happens. It’s not going to change me as a person,” Clemens said. “It’s not why I played the game. When I was out there and I was doing it, I did it to the best of my ability, and I worked my tail off.”
Clemens was inducted into the Red Sox hall during a lunchtime ceremony along with Pedro Martinez, Nomar Garciaparra and longtime broadcaster Joe Castiglione.
Clemens received a polite applause from the crowd, while Garciaparra and Martinez were given rousing ovations. The four received plaques and stood at the edge of the mound before throwing out ceremonial first pitches.Clemens pitched 13 years in Boston, winning his first three Cy Young Awards and as many games in a Red Sox uniform as Cy Young himself.
When he retired, Clemens had amassed 354 wins, and his 4,672 strikeouts are third in baseball history. He also won the 1986 A.L. MVP, and twice struck out a record 20 batters in a game.
But Clemens’ reputation across baseball – and especially Boston – suffered again when he was featured in the Mitchell Report on performance-enhancing drug use in baseball. Although he has been eligible for the past two Cooperstown elections, Clemens has received about one-third of the votes (with three-fourths needed for election), despite on-field accomplishments that would otherwise make him a sure-fire candidate.
“I don’t know if it’s that important,” Clemens said, adding that he has visited the museum, where mementoes of his career are featured, and always receives a warm welcome. “It’s not something I sit up and worry about every day. I’ve been far too busy to worry about that. I know what I did in my career and how I did it, and I did it right.”
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