Clemens and Armstrong: Two Peas in a Pod

When will Roger Clemens learn? Roger Clemens, baseballs un-repentant steroids/HGH poster boy is at it again. The 50-year-old Clemens is scheduled to pitch today for the Sugar Land Skeeters against the Bridgeport Bluefish in an Independent Atlantic League game.

Clemens signed with the Sugar Land Skeeters last Monday. Former Major League Third Baseman Gary Gaetti is the manager of the Skeeters, and says that he and Clemens have been talking about this “for months.”

“His fastball was clocked at 87 mph; all of his pitches were working,” said Randy Hendricks, Clemens’ agent. “He threw a three-inning simulated game after an extensive workout warm-up.”

Clemens, who was acquitted in June of charges he lied to Congress when he denied using performance-enhancing drugs, hasn’t played for a team since pitching for the Yankees in 2007 at the age of 45. He went 6-6 in 18 games with a 4.18 ERA that season.

Now I don’t want to cast aspersions on anyone, but the fact that Clemens hasn’t pitched in a major league game for over four years might be to his disadvantage. His performance in tonight’s game will be the biggest indicator of ability to perform at the major league level. If he struggles, his detractors will say he is all washed up. And his supporters will say that it’s just his first start, give him two or three more before passing judgment.

Roger Clemens has had a stellar career in baseball, at least up until the point when he testified to Congress. He pitched for four major league teams in his 23 seasons in baseball. No one really cares if he did or he didn’t lie, but his attempts at repatriating his persona have fallen on deaf ears. If he thinks that anyone on the planet believes him when he says that he didn’t lie to Congress, he is mistaken.

Clemens was one of the most dominant pitchers in major league history, tallying 354 wins, a 3.12 earned run average (ERA), and 4,672 strikeouts, the third-most all time. An 11-time All-Star and two-time World Series champion, he won seven Cy Young Awards during his career, the most of any pitcher in MLB history. Clemens was known for his fierce competitive nature and for his hard-throwing pitching style that he used to intimidate batters.

He is viewed in many circles as trying too hard to fix what may not be broken. Me thinks thou doth protest too much.

Lance Armstrong’s troubles of a similar nature come to mind. Just this past week, Armstrong gave up trying to fight the charges of blood doping against him, because the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency had extensive evidence to the contrary, and said it had 10 – 15 members of his team ready to testify against him.

Now while Armstrong’s transgressions were previously made illegal by the governing body of his sport, The International Cycling Union, Clemens use of steroids or HGH or whatever he used was not illegal at the time he was alleged to have used them, under the Major League Baseball drug testing policy.

He is attempting to split hairs with the general populace. It is not working. Just ask any Little Leaguer.

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