Roger Clemens not a Yankee Great?

Andrew GallagherContributor ISeptember 22, 2008

Sunday, September 21st Yankee Stadiums grand send off was started with a ceremony that would introduce many of the Yankees all time great players such as; Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra, Lou Gehrig, Phil Rizzuto, Goose Gossage, and many more. 

However when the pitchers were announced, future hall of famer, Roger Clemens was not mentioned.  Players such as Willie Randolph, David Wells, and Joe Girardi were mentioned but not the former seven time Cy Young award winner.  The guy who is second all time in strike outs only to Nolan Ryan, the guy that led the Yankees to two World Series titles in 1999 and 2000, helped them to three ALCS victories in 1999, 2000, 2001, and a playoff run in 2007.  Not only that but Clemens was an eleven time All Star, in 2005 was ranked number fifteen in Sporting News' list of the top 100 greatest baseball players, he was voted to Sports Illustrated's "all-time" team, and he was Sporting News Pitcher of the year five times.

The fact that the Yankees did not include him in ceremony is classless and foolish since Roger being there would have made the send off a lot more meaningful.  Clemens, a future hall of famer as I already said, would have entered the hall of fame a Yankee if he gets in, however now I am confident that because of this mistake on their part Clemens will now enter either a Red Sox, Blue Jay, or even an Astro.  Though his career as an Astro was short it was very good and the club treated him well.

In the past the Yankees were known as many different teams and had many hall of famers on these teams, however as the New York Yankees they had thirty four of them, each of whom have had careers that can't compare with that of the the great Roger Clemens.  Although Clemens's career was tainted with allegations of steriod use he still had the skill to strike out as many batters as he did and win as many games as he did.  It is my belief that steroids don't enhance your ability to play the game, sure it gives you more strength but that is not what the game is about.  Steroids only help your muscles grow after a work out, in the end you do the same working out as everyone else the only difference is that your muscles develop faster.  The reason that steroids should should be banned is Solly that they are harmful to your body.  However when it comes to playing baseball you can have all the strength in the world but if you have no skill you won't produce.  Take Chase Utley for example, the man is the complete opposite of jacked yet he hits home runs left and right because he has skill, or since were talking about a pitcher i'll use one as an example; Scott Kazmire a starting pitcher for the Tampa Bay Rays who led the league in strike outs in 2007.  Kazmire has little muscle in his body yet he strikes out most of the batters that he faces, why?  Because he has the skill to do it.  An example of a pitcher who was on steroids is Juan Rincon who was accused of using steroids but it didn't matter because he had no skill.  An example of a hitter on steroids is Jason Giambi who was good at the beginning of his career without steroids but then got bad because he relied on the steroids to replace his skill, when he stopped using them he grdually got better.  You don't need strength to throw a good forkball or a great curve or even an amazing fastball you just need the skill to get a batter out.  Although Clemens' chances of making the hall of fame are slim what with his usage of steroids if he does get in then I assure you that he won't be a Yankee. I am a huge Yankee fan so I hope that he makes it and enters in pinstripes however under the circumstances I doubt that he will.  With any luck Clemens would have been the thirty fifth Yankee to reach the Hall Fame however I am now confident that it is unlikely that it will happen.

The following names are the members of the New York Yankees who have made it to our beloved Hall of Fame; *Frank Baker, Stan Coveleski, Joe DiMaggio, Yogi Berra, Wade Boggs, Frank Chance, Earle Combs, Bill Dickey, Whitey Ford, Lou Gehrig, Lefty Gomez, Goose Gossage, Burleigh Grimes, Bucky Harris, Waite Hoyt, Miller Huggins, Catfish Hunter (couldn't decide whether or not he wanted to enter as a Yankee or an Oriole so he entered as neither), Reggie Jackson, Tony Lazzeri, Mickey Mantle, Joe, McCarthy, Jonny Mize, Phil Niekro, Herb Pennock, Gaylord Perry, Phil Rizzuto, Red Ruffling, Babe Ruth, Joe Sewell, Enos Slaughter, Casey Stengal, Dazzy Vance, Paul Waner, and Dave Winfeild.