Not Guilty: Roger Clemens Undoubtedly Belongs in the Hall of Fame

Justin HartlingCorrespondent IJune 19, 2012

Roger Clemens leaving the courtroom after a jury accquited him of all charges
Roger Clemens leaving the courtroom after a jury accquited him of all chargesChip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Roger Clemens deserves to be in the Hall of Fame. He is legitimately one of the greatest pitchers to ever play the game.

Over his 23-year career in the majors, he has 354 wins, just under 15 wins per year.  He has 4,672 strikeouts, which is good for third all-time. Clemens is also within the Top 10 all-time in almost every major statistical category for pitchers. These stats would undoubtedly qualify a pitcher an automatic trip to Cooperstown.

But this is Roger Clemens.

Due to the events that occurred after Clemens's career, his legitimacy as a pure great is tainted. Clemens has been accused of taking steroids throughout his career and was just acquitted of six accounts of perjury, obstruction of justice and lying to Congress, according to the Huffington Post.

However, despite being acquitted of all charges as well as never being proven to have taken steroids during his career, the media and society alike have already claimed that Clemens has no right to be welcomed into the hallowed hall of baseball greatness.

It is ridiculous how accusations have derailed Clemens's guaranteed trip to the Hall of Fame.

So far the only “proof” we have of Clemens's performance enhancing drug use was other players accusing him. There has been no confession from Clemens.

There has been no verifiable hard proof, and the jury found him not guilty about lying to Congress.

In the interest of full disclosure, I was never a fan of Clemens. During his tenure in baseball, I thought he was overrated, but after he has been away from the game for years, I can look back and without a doubt pronounce him as amazing.

Why can’t people respect what this man has done on the pitcher’s mound?  Why can’t people look at the evidence for themselves?

The media has been spoon feeding the public all the negativity about Clemens and none of the statistically extraordinary play.

I have no problem with certain players not being included in the Hall of Fame due to proven PED use, however, Clemens's use of PEDs has never been proven.

Trust the stats, not the media hype.