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Roger Clemens fires changeup in grey Yankees uniform

Roger Clemens fires changeup in grey Yankees uniform

Roger Clemens, in his 10th and final year on the BBWAA National Baseball Hall of Fame ballot, didn’t receive the 75 percent of votes needed for election. He received 65.2 percent of the vote.

Clemens could get in down the road if the Hall of Fame Veterans Committee votes him in.

The former pitcher for the Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Houston Astros, and Toronto Blue Jays pitched to the tune of a 3.12 ERA over 4,916.2 innings and is one of the members in the rare 3,000-strikeout club — he had 4,672 for his career.

However, Clemens was one of the 89 names on the Mitchell Report, which listed players who had used performance-enhancing drugs. So, though his numbers would indicate a clear bust in the Hall, baseball writers have not voted him in despite the fact that he never admitted to using steroids or testing positive for them.

Clemens released the following statement after the voting results were announced:

Alex Rodriguez is very well known for his use of PEDs after his part in the Biogenesis scandal, and served MLB’s longest suspension for it. He was in his first year on the ballot, but he didn’t receive enough votes, either. Rodriguez received 34.3 percent of the vote.

Another Yankee connection, though, did and it was because of his time playing against the Bombers.

David Ortiz, the Red Sox legend and Yankee nemesis, was voted into the Hall with 77.9 percent of the vote. He totaled 541 homers during his time with the Sox and Minnesota Twins. Of those homers, 53 came against New York, with Ortiz having an overall .303/.394/.567 batting split with 171 RBI against the Yanks.

Though he played for the team’s biggest rival, Ortiz was well-liked by many, including those in New York. He is more than deserving of a spot in the Hall.

The 2022 Induction Ceremony will take place on July 24 in Cooperstown, NY.

Source: Yahoo Sports


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