Yankees legacy tarnished? Clemens’ Hall of Fame speech stirs controversy with startling confession

Former Yankees Roger Clemens
Esteban Quiñones
Tuesday January 23, 2024

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In the vast landscape of baseball, the Yankees stand as an indelible presence, casting a shadow that seems to stretch across every pivotal moment in the sport’s history. Whether it’s the anticipation of Hall of Fame inductions or the crack of a bat during a crucial game, every baseball event bears the imprint of the Yankees and their enduring legacy.

In the realm of baseball, one of the pivotal dates on the calendar unfolds Tuesday night as the Baseball Writers’ Association of America reveals the latest inductees into the Hall of Fame. This marks a moment of jubilation for numerous legends, anticipating their induction into Cooperstown on July 21. However, amidst the festivities, one former luminary appears conspicuously uninvolved in the celebration.

The former Yankees, Roger Clemens, a seven-time Cy Young winner, finds himself detached from the Hall of Fame discourse, a detachment he claims to have deliberately cultivated following his exclusion from the ballot in 2022 due to alleged links to steroids.

What happened?

Former Yankees Roger Clemens

While the baseball community engages in discussions about the potential inductees and the merits of each candidate, Clemens maintains a stoic distance. In a candid dialogue with the “Foul Territory” group, comprised of host Scott Braun and former players Todd Frazier and A.J. Pierzynski, Clemens confessed to being oblivious to the proceedings, stating, “I don’t even know what today is. I don’t pay attention to it. So I didn’t catch what you guys were leading into. Is today the day they vote on guys or guys get in or what’s the deal today?”

The conversation revolved around the Hall of Fame ballot and the potential class before Clemens made his entrance. Despite his remarkable career spanning 24 seasons, including six with the New York Yankees, Clemens reveals a surprising lack of interest in the accolades associated with his achievements. Dismissing the significance of the Hall of Fame announcement, he remarked, “First of all, if I knew it was Hall of Fame day, I probably wouldn’t have come on with ya’ll. It tells you how much I pay attention to it. So it was in our rear-view mirror 10 years ago.”

Clemens, who compiled a resume that undeniably qualifies as Hall of Fame-worthy — boasting a 354-184 record, a 3.12 ERA, 4,672 strikeouts in 4,916 2/3 regular-season innings, and two World Series championships with the Yankees — remains a contentious figure in the eyes of voters. The shadow cast over his career stems from his inclusion in the Mitchell Report on performance-enhancing drugs, where his former trainer Brian McNamee alleged administering steroids to the pitching ace. Despite never testing positive and vehemently denying any use of PEDs, Clemens’ reputation has been tarnished.

In the 2022 Hall of Fame ballot, Clemens garnered 65.2% of the vote, falling short of the requisite 75% needed for induction. This marked his 10th and final year on the ballot, concluding a contentious chapter in his baseball legacy. As the baseball world awaits the announcement of the newest Hall of Fame class, Clemens, a once-dominant force on the mound, remains detached and seemingly indifferent to the recognition that eludes him.

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3 thoughts on “Yankees legacy tarnished? Clemens’ Hall of Fame speech stirs controversy with startling confession

  1. I feel very sad about Clemens. IMHO, Clemens, Bonds & Rose being excluded is a farce that destroys the credibility of the HOF. Both Clemens & Bonds were SO radically superior to any other player in their day, they were more than good enough even without the PEDS. 95% of the guys mentioned in the Mitchell report never even came close to those guys. To block arguably two of the best players in MLB history is a sham.

    1. We will never know if Clemons and Bonds were good enough to get in the HOF without using PEDS. Because they did!

  2. Here’s the truth. No court of law would have kept Clemons or Bonds out of the Hall of Fame. They more than likely would have kept Ortiz out. It’s written in the Mitchell report he failed a drug test. Did Bonds or Clemons ever fail one? EVER? Ortiz could not hit a beach ball in Minnesota. The Hall of Shame is dead to me. They let in stiffs and leave out Legends. I still love baseball but the HOF means nothing to me anymore.

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