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The Rocket won two World Series with the Yankees.
Love him or hate him, Roger Clemens is among the best pitchers to ever play in Major League Baseball.
The Rocket spent 13 of his 24 years in a Red Sox uniform, winning 192 games with a winning percentage of .634 over that time. After four subpar seasons in Boston, which saw him accumulate a record of 40 wins and 39 losses, including the only two losing seasons of his career, he reinvented himself in Toronto in 1997.
Over the following 11 years, Clemens won 162 games, losing 73 times for the Toronto Blue Jays, New York Yankees and the Houston Astros. He added four more Cy Young Awards to his mantle during this time, collecting a total of seven through his time in “the show.”
Here are a few of the Rocket’s career accomplishments: four times he led his league in wins, seven times led the league in ERA, 16 years of 30 or more starts, six times led the league in shutouts, five-time leader in strikeouts and twice led the league in innings pitched.
It’s hard enough to win seven Cy Young Awards (1986, 1987, 1991, 1997, 1998, 2001 and 2004), much less to be named the league MVP as a pitcher, something Clemens accomplished in 1986.
He was also an 11-time All-Star and won two World Series with the Yankees in 1999 and 2000.
He ranks No. 3 on the career strikeout list with 4,672, No. 9 with 354 total wins, No. 16 in career innings pitched (4,916.2) and No. 26 in career shutouts (46) with 118 complete games.
Clemens was named to the Mitchell Report, citing that he had used steroids or was connected to performance enhancing drugs. The Rocket denied his use of steroids. He was later charged with six felony counts including perjury, false statements and obstruction of Congress.
July 14, 2011, on the second day of testimony, his trial was declared a mistrial because of prosecutorial misconduct. A retrial date has not been set.
The jury literally is still out on Clemens and his usage of PEDs. The most important question is, how will the Hall of Fame voters treat one of the best pitchers to ever take the mound?
Is speculation of steroid use enough to keep Clemens from the Hall of Fame?
Are his accomplishments before the steroid era enough to vote him into the Hall?