Tag:Roger Clemens
Posted on: February 12, 2011 5:06 pm
 

Clemens jokes about Piazza incident

ClemensStay classy, Roger Clemens.

Even with a perjury trial looming, Clemens found enough time to crack wise about his altercation with Mike Piazza in the 2000 World Series. Clemens participated in one of the most lasting memories of his career when he picked up part of a broken bat belonging to Mike Piazza and hurled it at the catcher, although the bat fell short of its mark. Clemens had claimed in the past, amongst other things, that he thought the bat was actually the baseball. Of course, that doesn't explain why Clemens would throw the ball at Piazza.

On Friday night, Clemens attended a charity event in Connecticut along with David Cone and Bobby Valentine, where the topic of the incident came up. Cue laugh track:

"I just remember my form being really good when I threw the bat," Clemens said, according to ESPN New York. "My form was impeccable. I fielded it perfectly. My arm angle when I whistled it on-deck was a little low."

Yep, because it's funny to joke about aiming a weapon at a star player who had an acrimonous history with Piazza. And if you don't think broken bats are weapons, clearly you haven't seen the numerous incidents and close calls over the last few years. If Clemens had been on the mark, he could have impaled Piazza and who knows what would have happened at that point. Well, we know this -- Clemens certainly would have been ejected from the game instead of throwing eight shutout innings.

All eyes were on Clemens and Piazza in Game 2 because Piazza had hit Clemens very well over his career (.421/.500/.1.105 in 19 at-bats, not including postseason) and Clemens had beaned Piazza in the head earlier in the season. After the beaning, Clemens called over to the Mets clubhouse to check on Piazza, but the backstop never returned his call.

In hindsight, with no harm done and 11 years of time passed, Clemens' comments can be a little humorous. But when it comes to Clemens these days, nothing's a laughing matter.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: August 21, 2010 3:35 pm
Edited on: August 21, 2010 8:39 pm
 

Clemens refused plea agreement from government

Rusty Hardin Roger Clemens' lawyer has revealed that Clemens rejected a plea deal offered by the government.

The deal was offered several months ago in exchange for Clemens pleading guilty, a scenario both Clemens and lawyer Rusty Harden declined.

"I will tell you the recommendation they made was a very good one if he was guilty," Hardin told ESPN. "And if he was guilty we would have jumped on it. Everybody has all this great solicitous advice, all the media ... Nobody is answering the question: What if he didn't do it, what should he have done? And everybody wants him to confess."

It's certainly obvious that everyone believes Clemens guilty, largely based on the evidence and Clemens' poor showing before Congress at a hearing. If indeed guilty, Clemens has brought all of this on himself, and it could have been avoided by simply admitting guilt. It has been proven that those who come clean fare far better in public perception. Even Hardin himself warned Clemens how important it was for him to admit wrongdoing if he did indeed take steroids or human growth hormone.

"He's been told from the beginning if he did it he ought to do exactly what Andy Pettitte did," Hardin noted. "It doesn't take a rocket scientist to know that. And everybody assumes it is his arrogance and his ego that kept him from doing it."

Pettitte, like Clemens, was fingered in the Mitchell Report. Two days later, the Yankees left-hander, one of Clemens' best friends at the time, verified trainer Brian McNamee's claims that Pettitte used HGH. He held a press conference in which he took questions and said he used the performance-enhancing drugs to help heal an injury. Due to Pettitte's own admission and contention that Clemens had told him of the Rocket's own use of performance-enhancing drugs, the two no longer talk.

However, Pettitte has escaped rather unscathed by the whole saga, as his use of HGH will warrant but a footnote in his career biography, and he remains a fan favorite in New York. Clemens, meanwhile, is ostracized.

"He wasn't the greatest witness before Congress, I understand that," Hardin added. "But I got to tell you, we've sat on him probably for 100 of our hours over the last two-and-a-half years, always with the same thing: 'If you did it, the best thing to do is just admit it and move on and we'll deal with it.' He has never, ever wavered."

Clemens will get his day in court soon, and perhaps the lingering question of one of the best pitchers of all time's drug usage will finally be settled.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: August 19, 2010 1:38 pm
Edited on: August 19, 2010 5:15 pm
 

Report: Clemens indicted for perjury

Roger Clemens Roger Clemens is expected to be indicted on charges of perjury, the New York Times has found .

Clemens will stand accused of lying under oath to Congress at a February 2008 hearing on whether Clemens used performance-enhancing drugs as detailed in the Mitchell Report.

A federal grand jury has spent 19 months collecting evidence and hearing witnesses. The jury has now heard enough, so the 354-game winner will eventually stand trial for perjury.

After Clemens' testimony in a bitter "he-said, he-said" argument with ex-trainer Brian McNamee, Congress asked the Department of Justice to investigate Clemens' allegations, specifically seven statements that Congress feels is contradicted by evidence.

Clemens testified that he did not use performance-enhancing drugs, that the pain-killer lidocaine had been injected by McNamee, and that team trainers gave him additional pain injections and vitamin B-12 shots. He also said he never discussed HGH with McNamme, was not at then-teammate Jose Canseco's house for a party in June 1998 where the subject of performance-enhancing drugs was broached and that he was never informed that Sen. George Mitchell attempted to speak with Clemens before releasing the report.

Since then, materials held by McNamee have fallen into the hands of the DOJ that reportedly have evidence of Clemens' use of performance-enhancing drugs. Players such as Jose Canseco and Andy Pettitte have also testified, along with several other people including ex-Mets attendant Kirk Radomski.

Pettitte has reportedly admitted in a deposition to Congress' House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that Clemens had used human growth hormone, admitting this fact in either 1999 or 2000.

Canseco, for his part, denies that Clemens was at the house even though he fingered Clemens as one who had expert knowledge of steroids and probably used in his tell-all book of steroids, Juiced .

As baseball tries to move on from the steroid era and establish a new group of stars and offensive climate, Clemens continues to drag everyone back into the sordid world of lying and cheating. While a grand jury indictment isn't enough to presume someone guilty, Clemens' career has been irrevocably tainted by this saga, as has Barry Bonds'. Bonds will stand trial for perjury in similar statements that he had never knowingly used steroids in March of 2011 after an indictment in 2007.

UPDATE: Roger Clemens took to Twitter, saying he did not lie and commit perjury and looks forward to his day in court. See you there, Rocket.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: July 28, 2010 12:00 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 12:01 pm
 

No-hitters anything but boring


Matt Garza With my DVR all ready and fired up to watch Mad Men on Monday night, I had to tell the wife we couldn't watch it right then, instead I pickd up the iPad and watched the last two innings of Matt Garza's no-hitter with Don Draper paused in the background.

The no-hitter was the first in Tampa Bay Rays history and the fifth of this magical season of the pitcher. These things are special, unless you're Mike Freeman. My colleague here at CBS Sports is bored by no-hitters and he's just not going to take it anymore .

Apparently five is the threshold to mediocrity -- five of 1,487 games played so far this season have finished with a pitcher not allowing a hit to the opposing team. Yep, 0.3362 percent is just too darn much to feel goosebumps.

Those odds, roughly one in 300, is as common as the Cubs winning this year's World Series, according to one line. Anyone taking that bet?

Freeman write that it's "difficult to dispute that no-hitters are losing their uniqueness." Did he write this in 1991? That may have been the case after 14 no-hitters in two seasons, but then there was just one in 1992.

To say that the five so far this season are the start of a trend is to be short-sighted and ignore the cyclical nature of history. Following those 14 no-hitters in the first two seasons of the 90s, there were 14 no-hitters in the next seven seasons. Or that perhaps the five we've seen this season make up for only one no-hitter thrown between June 2003 and September 2006.

While he's ignoring history, Freeman writes, "mostly average pitchers (not all but mostly) are throwing so many this season."

The no-hitter has always been about the greatness of a pitcher on that one day, not the pitcher's overall greatness. It's a small sample size, nine innings in a career of thousands.

In baseball's history, there have been 268 recognized no-hitters, with just 50 of those thrown by Hall of Fame pitchers (18.7 percent). If you take out Nolan Ryan's seven no-hitters, it's only 16.5 percent. I'll even be kind and add Bert Blyleven, Randy Johnson (two no-hitters) and Roy Halladay as future Hall of Famers, that percentage goes up to just 19.8 percent. So in history, one out of five no-hitters is thrown by a future Hall of Famer.

This year, one no-hitter has been thrown by someone who has a good shot at Cooperstown (Halladay -- although it's too early to mention the C word either way with the 26-year old Ubaldo Jimenez.)

If you look at 1991, five of the seven no-hitters were thrown by just one pitcher. Of those, one was thrown by a future Hall of Famer, Ryan. The other four were by two pitchers with very good careers (Bret Saberhagen and Dennis Martinez), a rookie (Wilson Alverez) and a pitcher who would win 37 career games (Tommy Greene). How different is that from this year's class of Halladay, Jimenez, Garza, Dallas Braden and Edwin Jackson?

History shows pitchers such as Hod Eller, Tom Phoebus, Bob Moose, Ed Halicki, John Montesfusco, Juan Nieves and Bud Smith are as likely to toss a no-no as Walter Johnson, Christy Mathewson, Warren Spahn or Bob Gibson.

Those guys have no-hitters, heck, Steve Busby has two, as do Don Wilson, Bill Stoneman and Virgil Trucks, but Greg Maddux, Roger Clemens, Tom Glavine, Steve Carlton, Lefty Grove, Whitey Ford, Dizzy Dean, Mordecai Brown and Grover Cleveland Alexander didn't throw one.

The no-hitter is still unpredictable and takes a special mix of luck and skill. It is -- and always will be -- special, whether someone bothers to re-tweet the accomplishment or not. It's even enough to put off watching Joan Holloway -- and that's saying something.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 30, 2010 12:56 pm
 

Clemens vs. Clemens in Texas


There's apparently no drug-testing for the Texas League All-Star game, as Roger Clemens is scheduled to pitch to his son , Koby in the home run derby tonight in Midland, Texas.

Koby Clemens, a first baseman for the Astros' Double-A team in Corpus Christi, is second in the Texas League in home runs (16) and RBI (53).

The younger Clemens was drafted as a third baseman in 2005, he's since played catcher and left field.

Clemens has dealt with not only being the son of a legend, but also has had to deal with his father's disgrace in the face of accusations of the use of performance enhancing drugs.

"The media, they have jobs to do," Koby Clemens told the Houston Chronicle this spring . "Everyone's going to have a different opinion, but I've never let what other people say really bother me. I take the good stuff as it comes and tired not to listen to any of the bad."

Clemens is hitting .258/.367/.496 for the Hooks. Although he hasn't been considered a prospect in the past, Clemens had a good season last year, hitting .341/.415/.620 at Single-A, but that was his second year in high-A, inflating his numbers some.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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