Say what you want about Roger Clemens and all of the headlines that have deservedly tainted his image; over the course of his 24-year career, the right-hander was one of more dominant pitchers in baseball history. There's no denying that.
Here is a quick glance at his career statistics (via Baseball Reference):
354-184, 3.12 ERA, 118 CG, 46 SHO, 4,916.2 IP, 4,672 K/1,580 BB, 143 ERA+, 133.1 WAR
Furthermore, here is a look at Clemens’ average 162-game season:
17-9, .312 ERA, 34 GS, 6 CG, 2 SHO, 236 IP, 224 K/76 BB, 143 ERA+
Clemens won the Cy Young Award on seven different occasions, and he even won the American League MVP with the Red Sox in 1986. He was also a perennial league leader in a host of impressive categories:
- ERA (seven times)
- Wins (four times)
- Complete Games (three times)
- Strikeouts (five times)
- ERA+ (eight times)
- K/BB (four times)
It’s almost impossible to say that there will be a pitcher that has a career as lengthy and dominant as that of Roger Clemens. However, given the level of talent among minor league pitchers this season, I thought that it would at least be fun to speculate.