Roger Clemens
Baseball pitcher
Roger Clemens
William Roger Clemens, nicknamed "The Rocket", is a former Major League Baseball pitcher who broke into the league with the Boston Red Sox, whose pitching staff he would help anchor for 12 years. Clemens won seven Cy Young Awards, more than any other pitcher. He played for four different teams over his 23-year playing career.
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Bonds, Clemens Making Slow Gains With Changing Electorate
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Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens are making slow gains with a changing Hall of Fame electorate
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Bagwell, Raines, Rodriguez to join Hall of Fame
Yahoo News - about 1 month
Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines and Ivan Rodriguez were named Wednesday as the newest Baseball Hall of Fame members while steroid-linked stars Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens edged nearer to selection. Players needed 75 percent support, or 332 of the 442 votes cast by the Baseball Writers' Association of America, to be elected among the sport's icons. Long-time San Diego pitcher Trevor Hoffman, an ace reliever with 601 career saves, just missed with 74 percent backing -- five votes shy after missing by 34 last year, with Vladimir Guerrero next at 71.7 percent, out by 15 votes.
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Hall of Fame Odds Slip for Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens
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In newly revealed ballots, voters have not changed their minds about two candidates dogged by their association with steroid use.
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Sports of The Times: All-Star. Defendant. The New Plaque at the Hall of Fame?
NYTimes - about 2 months
It’s going to take some finesse to gussy up the fact that Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens would arrive at the Hall laden with suspicions of drug use.
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Hall of Fame Voters Soften Stance on Stars of Steroids Era
NYTimes - about 2 months
Some say it is hypocritical to continue rejecting former stars like Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens when nonplaying figures from that era have gotten in.
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Guerrero, Ramirez, Rodriguez new Hall of Fame candidates
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(Reuters) - Outfielders Vladimir Guerrero and Manny Ramirez and catcher Ivan Rodriguez are among the prominent newcomers to the National Baseball Hall of Fame ballot released on Monday. Ramirez, who batted .312 with 555 homers and 1,831 RBIs in a 19-year career spent mainly with Cleveland and Boston, failed tests for performance-enhancing drugs twice - with the Dodgers in 2009 and the Rays in '11, his last major league season. Doping suspicions have so far kept seven-time most valuable player Barry Bonds and seven-time Cy Young winner Roger Clemens from membership in the Cooperstown shrine.
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Movie review: Nick Jonas takes the lead in frat hazing drama 'Goat' - Sault Ste. Marie Evening News
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Sault Ste. Marie Evening News Movie review: Nick Jonas takes the lead in frat hazing drama 'Goat' Sault Ste. Marie Evening News Near the end of the disturbing hazing expose, “Goat,” a naive young pledge is pelted in the head with a lemon thrown with Roger Clemens-like speed and accuracy by one of the pudgy lad's potential future fraternity brothers. It's a climactic moment in a ... After years of frat comedy, Goat shows the dark side of the animal houseA.V. Club 'Goat' review: A horrifying look at fraternity hazingChicago Tribune 'Goat:' Baaaaaad BoysThe Blemish all 81 news articles »
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Keeping Score: Based on Hall Vote, Bonds and Clemens Shouldn’t Be Excited
NYTimes - about 1 year
As it turned out, nothing about the Baseball Hall of Fame voting this year indicated that the electorate was warming to the idea of electing Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens.
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Griffey, Piazza elected to Hall of Fame: 13 things to know -
Google News - about 1 year Griffey, Piazza elected to Hall of Fame: 13 things to know Perry: Ken Griffey (99.3 of ballots) makes history, as does Mike Piazza (62nd-rounder). 2017 could be Jeff Bagwell's year, but not for Roger Clemens or Barry Bonds. Story. MLB Headlines. Latest news · FA Tracker · Things to Know · Griffey records ... Winners and losers from Hall of Fame election nightESPN (blog) Ken Griffey Jr., forever The Kid, goes into Hall of Fame in record fashionUSA TODAY Hall hopes bleak for Bonds, Clemens; plus, my ballot and more thoughtsSports Illustrated Yahoo Sports -Los Angeles Times -New York Daily News all 1,517 news articles »
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Bonds, Clemens Likely to Get Boost From Hall Vote Changes
NYTimes - about 1 year
Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and other tainted stars of the Steroids Era appear likely to get a boost in Hall of Fame balloting, but not enough to enter Cooperstown this year.
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A Dream With Cooperstown Ties Wasn't to Be for the Crafty Mets - New York Times
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New York Times A Dream With Cooperstown Ties Wasn't to Be for the Crafty Mets New York Times It was never happening. Not the way it unfolded, anyway. But that did not stop the Mets from pushing aggressively to bring baseball's most electrifying player to a team on the rise. Imagine Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza, who might make up this year's ... Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens inch closer to Hall of Fame inductionsYahoo Sports Why the Mariners' Edgar Martinez should join Ken Griffey Jr. in the Hall of FameThe Seattle Times Griffey expected to win Hall bidSan Jose Mercury News Washington Post -Orlando Sentinel all 213 news articles »
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Should Rose, Bonds and Clemens Be in the Hall of Fame?
NYTimes - about 1 year
When the 2016 inductees to the National Baseball Hall of Fame are announced on Tuesday, three of the greatest players of all time will be left out. Pete Rose, who had more hits than any other player, has been banned from baseball since 1989 for betting on his team's games when he managed the Cincinnati Reds. Accusations of steroid use against Barry Bonds, who hit more home runs in a career and a year than any other player, and Roger Clemens, who won seven Cy Young Awards, have so far kept them from getting the 75 percent support of baseball writers needed for selection. Election is "based upon the player's record, playing ability, integrity, sportsmanship, character and contributions to the team(s) on which the player played." But are the accomplishments of these three players so great that they should be admitted despite questions about their character and integrity? Responses: Let Them All In Wendy Thurm, writer Le ...
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Roundup: Former Yankees Strength Coach Is Arrested
NYTimes - about 1 year
Brian McNamee, who told Congress that he had injected pitcher Roger Clemens with steroids, was charged on Long Island with driving while intoxicated, driving while impaired by drugs and unlicensed driving.
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15 Years Ago, Roger Clemens Infamously Tossed A Bat Toward Mike Piazza
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ImageContent(5629042ce4b0443bb562ecc0,56287ba71400002b003c8d48,Image,HectorAssetUrl(56287ba71400002b003c8d48,Some(crop_0_14_1899_1070),Some(jpeg?cache=43EqitpHM0)),DON EMMERT via Getty Images,) It all happened so quickly. One pitch and a swing later, the sharp shard of a broken bat flew toward the pitcher's mound. Then, with a flick of the wrist, New York Yankees pitcher Roger Clemens threw that piece of bat in front of New York Mets catcher Mike Piazza, who was running to first base. Tempers flared and benches cleared, and the play became the most infamous moment from the 2000 Subway World Series.   Thursday marks the 15th anniversary of this confrontation between Piazza and Clemens in the first inning of Game 2.  ImageContent(5629065fe4b0ec0a38937401,562906581200005b017e5bc9,Image,HectorAssetUrl(562906581200005b017e5bc9.gif,Some(),Some(gif)),,) The throw was a move that, at its best, could be described as random and unnecessary. Clemens, of course, didn't have to take ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Roger Clemens
  • 2016
    In January 2016, after Clemens once again fell short of the votes required for election into the Hall of Fame, former major-league star Roy Halladay tweeted "No Clemens no Bonds" as part of a message indicating no PED users should be voted into the Hall.
    More Details Hide Details Clemens countered by accusing Halladay of using amphetamines during his playing career.
    As of the 2016 season, he is the last Yankee pitcher to win the Cy Young Award.
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  • 2015
    With the inductions of Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine the following year and Randy Johnson in 2015, Clemens is currently the only eligible member of the 300 win club not to be inducted into the Hall.
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  • 2013
    In January 2013, in his first year of eligibility, Clemens received only 37.6% of the votes cast and was denied entry into the Hall of Fame, falling short of the 75% required for induction.
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  • 2009
    In April 2009, Clemens was the subject of an unauthorized biography by Jeff Pearlman, titled The Rocket that Fell to Earth-Roger Clemens and the Rage for Baseball Immortality, that focused on his childhood and early career and accused Mike Piazza of using steroids.
    More Details Hide Details On May 12, Clemens broke a long silence to denounce a heavily-researched expose by four investigative reporters from the New York Daily News, called American Icon: The Fall of Roger Clemens and the Rise of Steroids in America's Pastime. Clemens went on ESPN's Mike and Mike show to call the book "garbage", but a review by Michiko Kakutani of The New York Times called the book "gripping" and compared it to the work of Bob Woodward. In, while many of his performances and milestones were yet to come, he ranked number 53 on The Sporting News list of the 100 Greatest Baseball Players, and was elected by the fans to the Major League Baseball All-Century Team. In, the updated Sporting News list moved Clemens up to #15. By the end of the 2005 season, Clemens had won seven Cy Young Awards (he won the AL award in 1986,,,,, and, and the National League award in), an MVP and two pitching triple crowns. With his 2004 win, he joined Gaylord Perry, Randy Johnson and Pedro Martínez as the only pitchers to win it in both leagues and became the oldest pitcher to ever win the Cy Young. He has also won the Sporting News Pitcher of the Year Award five times, was named an All-Star 11 times, and won the All-Star MVP in 1986.
  • 2008
    There have been reports of at least three other relationships Clemens had with women. On April 29, 2008, the New York Post reported that Clemens had relationships with at least two other women.
    More Details Hide Details One, a former bartender in Manhattan, refused comment on the story while the other, a woman from Tampa, could not be found. On May 2 of the same year, the Daily News reported a stripper in Detroit called a local radio station to say she had an affair with Clemens. He also gave tickets to baseball games, jewelry, and trips to women he was wooing. Clemens has appeared as himself in several movies and television episodes and has also occasionally acted in films. Perhaps best known was his appearance in the season three episode of The Simpsons ("Homer at the Bat") where he is hypnotized into thinking he is a chicken (he did his own clucking). Clemens has also made guest appearances as himself on the TV shows Hope & Faith, Spin City, Arli$$, and Saturday Night Live as well as the movie Anger Management, and makes a brief appearance in the movie Kingpin as the character Skidmark. He also is shown playing an actual game with the Houston Astros in the film Boyhood.
    On November 17, 2008, McCready spoke in more detail to Inside Edition about her affair with Clemens, stating that their relationship lasted for more than a decade, and that it ended when Clemens refused to leave his wife to marry McCready.
    More Details Hide Details However, she denied that she was fifteen years old when it began, saying that they met when she was sixteen and the affair only became sexual "several years later". In another soon-to-be-released sex tape by Vivid Entertainment she claimed that the first time she had sex with him was when she was 21. She also claimed that he often had erectile dysfunction. A few days after the Daily News broke the story about the McCready relationship, they reported on another Clemens extramarital relationship, this time with Paulette Dean Daly, the now ex-wife of pro golfer John Daly. Daly declined to elaborate on the nature of her relationship with the pitcher, but did not deny that it was romantic and included financial support.
    In April 2008, the New York Daily News reported on a possible long-term relationship between Clemens and country music singer Mindy McCready that began when she was 15 years old.
    More Details Hide Details Clemens' attorney Rusty Hardin denied the affair and also stated that Clemens would be bringing a defamation suit regarding this allegation. Clemens' attorney admitted that a relationship existed, but described McCready as a "close family friend". He also stated that McCready had traveled on Clemens' personal jet and that Clemens' wife was aware of the relationship. However, when contacted by the Daily News, McCready said, "I cannot refute anything in the story."
    Clemens was found not guilty on all six counts of lying to Congress in 2008, when he testified that he never took performance-enhancing drugs.
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    The indictment charges Clemens with one count of obstruction of Congress, three counts of making false statements and two counts of perjury in connection with his February 2008 testimony.
    More Details Hide Details His first trial began on July 13, 2011, but on the second day of testimony the judge in the case declared a mistrial over prosecutorial misconduct after prosecutors showed the jury prejudicial evidence they had been told not to show. Clemens was subsequently retried. The verdict from his second trial came in on June 18, 2012.
    This last point was in contradiction to testimony Pettite had given under oath on February 4, 2008, wherein Pettitte said he repeated to McNamee a conversation Pettitte had with Clemens.
    More Details Hide Details During this conversation, Pettitte said Clemens had told him that McNamee had injected Clemens with human growth hormone. Pettitte said McNamee reacted angrily, saying that Clemens "shouldn't have done that." The bipartisan House committee in front of which Clemens appeared, citing seven apparent inconsistencies in Clemens' testimony, recommended that the Justice Department investigate whether Clemens lied under oath about using performance-enhancing drugs. In a letter sent out February 27 to Attorney General Michael Mukasey, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee chairman Henry Waxman and ranking Republican Tom Davis said Clemens' testimony that he "never used anabolic steroids or human growth hormone warrants further investigation". As a result of the Mitchell Report, Clemens has been asked to end his involvement with the Giff Nielsen Day of Golf for Kids charity golf tournament in Houston that he has hosted for four years. As well, his name has been removed from the Houston-based Roger Clemens Institute for Sports Medicine; it will be renamed the Memorial Hermann Sports Medicine Institute.
    On February 13, 2008, Clemens appeared before a Congressional committee, along with Brian McNamee, and swore under oath that he did not take steroids; that he did not discuss HGH with McNamee; that he was not at a party at José Canseco's where steroids were the topic of conversation; that he was only injected with B-12 and lidocaine; and that he never told Pettitte that he had taken HGH.
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    On January 6, 2008, Clemens appeared on 60 Minutes to address the allegations.
    More Details Hide Details He told Mike Wallace that his longevity in baseball was due to "hard work" rather than illegal substances and denied all of McNamee's assertions that he injected Clemens with steroids, saying that they "never happened". On January 7, Clemens filed a defamation lawsuit against McNamee, claiming that the former trainer lied after being threatened with prosecution. McNamee's attorneys argued that McNamee was compelled to cooperate by federal officials and thus his statements were protected. A federal judge agreed, throwing out all claims related to McNamee's statements to investigators on February 13, 2009, but allowing the case to proceed on statements McNamee made about Clemens to Pettitte.
  • 2007
    His 2007 contract with the New York Yankees had a "family plan" clause that stipulated that he not be required to go on road trips in which he was not scheduled to pitch and allowed him to leave the team between starts to be with his family.
    More Details Hide Details These perks were publicly criticized by Yankee reliever Kyle Farnsworth. Most of Clemens' teammates, however, did not complain of such perks because of Clemens' success on the mound and valuable presence in the clubhouse. Yankee teammate Jason Giambi spoke for such players when he said, "I'd carry his bags for him, just as long as he is on the mound." Clemens would also find himself the point of minor controversy when it was revealed in the book The Yankee Years by Joe Torre and Tom Verducci that Clemens' bizarre pre-game ritual included soaking in extremely hot water then having the hottest possible muscle liniment applied to his genitals during his rub-down. In José Canseco's book, Juiced: Wild Times, Rampant 'Roids, Smash Hits & How Baseball Got Big, Canseco suggested that Clemens had expert knowledge about steroids and suggested that he used steroids, based on the improvement in his performance after leaving the Red Sox. While not addressing the allegations directly, Clemens stated: "I could care less about the rules" and "I've talked to some friends of his and I've teased them that when you're under house arrest and have ankle bracelets on, you have a lot of time to write a book." Clemens admitted to using the prescription pain reliever Vioxx before it was withdrawn from the market.
    Clemens was ranked 9th all-time in hit batsmen after the 2007 season.
    More Details Hide Details Clemens has attracted controversy over the years for his outspoken comments, such as his complaints about having to carry his own luggage through an airport and his criticism of Fenway Park for being a subpar facility. On April 4, 2006, Clemens made an insulting remark when asked about the devotion of Japanese and South Korean fans during the World Baseball Classic: "None of the dry cleaners were open, they were all at the game, Japan and Korea". Toward the end of his career, his annual on-and-off "retirements" have revived a reputation for diva-ish behavior. Clemens has received criticism for receiving special treatment from the teams that sign him. While playing for Houston, Clemens was not obliged to travel with the team on road trips if he was not pitching.
    By the time Clemens retired from Major League Baseball in 2007, his four-seam fastball had settled in the 91–94 mph range.
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    Clemens had finished the 2007 regular season with a record of 6–6 and a 4.18 ERA.
    More Details Hide Details His final regular season appearance was a start against the Red Sox at Fenway Park, in which he allowed 2 hits and 1 unearned run in 6 innings, and received a no-decision.
    After reaggravating a hamstring injury during Game 3 of the 2007 ALDS, Clemens was removed from the team's starting rotation.
    More Details Hide Details He was replaced by right-hander Phil Hughes. With his last pitch, he struck out Victor Martinez of the Cleveland Indians.
    Clemens made his 2007 return on June 9, defeating the Pittsburgh Pirates with six innings of 3-run, 5-hit, 2-walk, 7-strikeout pitching.
    More Details Hide Details On June 21, with a single in the 5th inning against the Colorado Rockies, Clemens became the oldest New York Yankee to record a hit (44 years, 321 days). On June 24, Clemens pitched an inning in relief against the San Francisco Giants. It had been 22 years and 341 days since his previous regular-season relief appearance, the longest such gap in major league history. On July 2, Clemens collected his 350th win against the Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium, giving up just two hits and one run over eight innings. Clemens is one of only three pitchers to pitch his entire career in the live-ball era and reach 350 wins. The other two are Warren Spahn (whose catcher for his 350th win was Joe Torre, Clemens' manager for his 350th), and Greg Maddux, who earned his 350th win in 2008.
  • 2006
    Clemens made his return on June 22, 2006, against the Minnesota Twins, losing to their rookie phenom, Francisco Liriano, 4–2.
    More Details Hide Details For the second year in a row, his win total did not match his performance, as he finished the season with a 7–6 record, a 2.30 ERA, and a 1.04 WHIP. However, Clemens averaged just under 6 innings in his starts and never pitched into the eighth. Following what was becoming familiar annual speculation, Clemens unexpectedly appeared in the owner's box at Yankee Stadium on May 6,, during the seventh-inning stretch in a game against the Seattle Mariners, and made a brief statement: "Thank y'all. Well they came and got me out of Texas, and uhh, I can tell you it's a privilege to be back. I'll be talkin' to y'all soon." It was simultaneously announced that Clemens had rejoined the Yankees roster, agreeing to a pro-rated one-year deal worth $28,000,022, or about $4.7 million per month. Over the contract life, he would make $18.7 million. This equated to just over $1 million per start that season.
    On May 31, 2006, following another extended period of speculation, it was announced that Clemens was coming out of retirement for the third time to pitch for the Astros for the remainder of the 2006 season.
    More Details Hide Details Clemens signed a contract worth $22,000,022 (his uniform number is #22), which would have been the highest one-year deal in MLB history. But since Clemens did not play a full season, he received a prorated percentage of that: approximately $12.25 million.
  • 2005
    After the NLCS victory, Clemens lasted only two innings in Game 1 of the 2005 World Series.
    More Details Hide Details The Astros went on to lose all four games of the franchise's first World Series to the Chicago White Sox. A hamstring pull had hampered Clemens' performance since at least September.
    On October 9, 2005, Clemens made his first relief appearance since 1984, entering as a pinch hitter in the 15th, then pitching three innings to help the Astros defeat the Atlanta Braves in the longest postseason game in MLB history.
    More Details Hide Details The game ran 18 innings, and Clemens picked up the win.
    In his final start of the 2005 season, Clemens got his 4,500th strikeout.
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    Clemens' 2005 season ended as one of the finest he had ever posted.
    More Details Hide Details His 1.87 ERA was the lowest in the major leagues, the lowest of his 22-season career, and the lowest by any National Leaguer since Greg Maddux in 1995. He finished with a lackluster 13–8 record, primarily due to the fact that he ranked near 30th in run support. The Astros scored an average of only 3.5 runs per game in games in which he was the pitcher of record. The Astros were shut out nine times in Clemens' 32 starts, and failed to score in a 10th until after Clemens was out of the game. The Astros lost five of Clemens' starts by scores of 1–0. In April, Clemens did not allow a run in three consecutive starts. However, the Astros lost all three of those starts by a 1–0 score in extra innings. Clemens won an emotional start on September 15, following his mother's death that morning.
  • 2003
    The end of Clemens' 2003 season became a series of public farewells met with appreciative cheering.
    More Details Hide Details His last games in each AL park were given extra attention, particularly his final regular season appearance in Fenway Park, when despite wearing the uniform of the hated arch rival, he was afforded a standing ovation by Red Sox fans as he left the field. (This spectacle was repeated when the Yankees ended up playing the Red Sox in the 2003 ALCS and Clemens got a second "final start" in his original stadium.) As part of a tradition of manager Joe Torre, Clemens was chosen to manage the Yankees' last game of the regular season. Clemens made one start in the World Series against the Florida Marlins; when he left trailing 3–1 after seven innings, the Marlins left their dugout to give him a standing ovation. Clemens chose to come out of retirement, signing a one-year deal with his adopted hometown Houston Astros on January 12,, joining close friend and former Yankees teammate Andy Pettitte. On May 5,, Clemens recorded his 4,137th career strikeout to place him second on the all-time list behind Nolan Ryan. He was named the starter for the National League All-Star team but ultimately was the losing pitcher in that game after allowing six runs on five hits including a three run home run to Alfonso Soriano. Clemens finished the season with 4,317 career strikeouts, and his 18–4 record gave him a career record of 328–164. After the season, he won his seventh Cy Young Award, extending his record number of awards.
    Early in, Clemens announced his retirement, effective at the end of that season. On June 13, 2003, pitching against the St. Louis Cardinals in Yankee Stadium, Clemens recorded his 300th career win and 4,000th career strikeout, the only player in history to record both milestones in the same game.
    More Details Hide Details The 300th win came on his fourth try; the Yankee bullpen had blown his chance of a win in his previous two attempts. He became the 21st pitcher ever to record 300 wins and the third ever to record 4,000 strikeouts, joining Nolan Ryan (5,714) and Steve Carlton (4,136). Randy Johnson (4,875) has since also joined the 4,000 strikeout club. His career record upon reaching the milestones was 300–155; his record at the end of the season was 310–160 with 4,099 strikeouts. Clemens finished the season with a 17–9 record and a 3.91 ERA.
  • 2001
    Clemens started for the Yankees in Game 7 of the 2001 World Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks, where he dueled Curt Schilling to a standstill after 6 innings, yielding only one run.
    More Details Hide Details The Diamondbacks went on to win the game in the 9th.
    Clemens' best year with the Yankees came in 2001, when he became the first pitcher in MLB history to start a season 20–1.
    More Details Hide Details He finished at 20–3 and won his sixth Cy Young Award.
  • 2000
    His beaning earlier that year of Mike Piazza, followed by his notorious broken-bat throw at Piazza in the 2000 World Series, cemented Clemens' surly, unapologetic image in the minds of many.
    More Details Hide Details In 2009, former manager Cito Gaston publicly denounced Clemens as a "double-talker" and "a complete asshole".
    During the 2000 MLB postseason, he helped the Yankees win their third championship in as many years.
    More Details Hide Details He pitched a shutout against the Seattle Mariners in the ALCS that year and also pitched eight scoreless innings against the New York Mets in the World Series. Clemens set the ALCS record for strikeouts in a game when he fanned 15 batters in a one-hit shutout of the Mariners in Game 4 of the ALCS. A seventh inning lead-off double by Seattle's Al Martin was all that prevented Clemens from throwing what was, at the time, only the second no-hitter in postseason history (Yankee Don Larsen threw a perfect game against the Brooklyn Dodgers in Game 5 of the 1956 World Series and Roy Halladay would later throw a no-hitter in Game 1 of the 2010 National League Division Series). The Yankees won the 2000 World Series.
  • 1999
    Clemens followed up 1999 with a strong 2000 season, in which he finished with a 13–8 record with a 3.70 ERA for the regular season.
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    During the 1999 regular season, Clemens posted a 14–10 record with a 4.60 ERA.
    More Details Hide Details He logged a pair of wins in the postseason, where he pitched 7.2 innings of 1-run baseball during the Yankees' game 4 clincher over the Atlanta Braves.
    Clemens made an immediate impact on the Yankees' staff, anchoring the top of the rotation as the team went on to win a pair of World Series titles in 1999 and 2000.
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    Clemens was traded to the New York Yankees before the season for David Wells, Homer Bush, and Graeme Lloyd. In 1999 and, he won World Series titles with the Yankees.
    More Details Hide Details Since his longtime uniform number #21 was in use by teammate Paul O'Neill, Clemens initially wore #12, before switching mid-season to #22.
  • 1996
    Clemens signed a four-year, $40 million deal with the Toronto Blue Jays after the 1996 season, and won the pitching triple crown and the Cy Young Award in both his seasons in Toronto, Ontario.
    More Details Hide Details In Clemens's first start in Fenway Park as a member of the Blue Jays on July 12, he pitched an inspired game, giving up only 4 hits and 1 run in 8 innings. 16 of his 24 outs were strikeouts, and every batter who faced him struck out at least once.
    The emphasis on the misquoted 1996 "twilight" comment took on a life of its own following Clemens's post-Boston successes, and Duquette was vilified for letting the star pitcher go.
    More Details Hide Details Ultimately, Clemens would go on to have a record of 162–73 for the rest of his career after leaving the Red Sox.
    The Red Sox did not re-sign Clemens following the 1996 season, despite offering him "by far the most money ever offered to a player in the history of the Red Sox franchise."
    More Details Hide Details General Manager Dan Duquette remarked that he "hoped to keep him in Boston during the twilight of his career", though Clemens left and signed with the Toronto Blue Jays.
  • 1989
    On June 21, 1989, Clemens surrendered the first of 609 home runs in the career of Sammy Sosa.
    More Details Hide Details Sosa was then a rookie for the Texas Rangers. Clemens accomplished the 20-strikeout feat twice, the only player ever to do so. The second performance came more than 10 years later, on September 18, against the Detroit Tigers at Tiger Stadium. This second 20-K day occurred in his third-to-last game as a member of the Boston Red Sox. Later, the Tigers presented him with a baseball containing the autographs of each batter that had struck out (and those who had struck out more than once signed the appropriate number of times). Clemens recorded 192 wins for the Red Sox, tied with Cy Young for the franchise record and is their all-time strikeout leader with 2,590. No Red Sox player has worn his #21 since Clemens left the team in 1996.
  • 1987
    Clemens would win the Cy Young Award twice more with the Red Sox, 1987 and 1991.
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  • 1986
    In the 1986 American League Championship Series, Clemens pitched poorly in the opening game, watched the Boston bullpen blow his 3–0 lead in the bottom of the ninth inning of Game 4, and then pitched a strong Game 7 to wrap up the series for Boston.
    More Details Hide Details The 1986 ALCS clincher was Clemens' first postseason career victory. He did not win his second until 13 years later. After a bad start in Game 2 of the 1986 World Series, Clemens returned to the mound for Game 6, which would have clinched the World Series for the Boston Red Sox. Clemens left the game after 7 innings leading 3–2, but the Red Sox infamously went on to lose the game in the 10th inning, and subsequently, the championship. Clemens' departure was highly debated and remains a bone of contention among the participants. Red Sox manager John McNamara claimed Clemens took himself out due to a blister, though Clemens strongly denies that. Clemens most explosive postseason failure came in the second inning of the final game of the 1990 ALCS against the Oakland Athletics, when he was ejected for arguing balls and strikes with umpire Terry Cooney, putting a dismal stamp on an A's sweep. He was suspended for the first five games of the season and fined $10,000. Clemens had two other playoff no-decisions, in 1988 and 1995, both occurring while Boston was being swept. Clemens' overall postseason record with Boston was 1–2 with a 3.88 ERA, and 45 strikeouts and 19 walks in 56 innings.
    Clemens said to Bob Costas on an MLB Network program concerning the 1986 postseason that McNamara decided to pull him despite Clemens wanting to pitch.
    More Details Hide Details McNamara said to Costas that Clemens "begged out" of the game. The Mets rallied and took both game six and seven to win the World Series.
    Tom Cheney holds the record for any game: 21 strikeouts in 16 innings.) Clemens attributes his switch from what he calls a "thrower" to a "pitcher" to the partial season Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver spent with the Red Sox in 1986.
    More Details Hide Details The Red Sox would come back from a 3-1 deficit in the American League Championship Series to the California Angels to advance to the World Series. After a victory in game five, Boston lead 3 games to 2 over the Mets with Clemens set to start game six at Shea Stadium. Clemens who was pitching on five days rest started strong by striking out eight while throwing a no-hitter through four innings. In the top of eighth and with Boston ahead 3-2, manager John McNamara sent rookie Mike Greenwell to pinch hit for Roger Clemens. It was initially said that Clemens was removed from the game due to a blister forming on one of his fingers, but both he and McNamara dispute this.
    In 1986, his 24 wins helped guide the Red Sox to a World Series berth and earned Clemens the American League MVP award for the regular season.
    More Details Hide Details Clemens started in the All-Star Game and was named the Most Valuable Player for throwing three perfect innings and striking out two. He also won the first of his seven Cy Young Awards. When Hank Aaron said that pitchers should not be eligible for the MVP, Clemens responded: "I wish he were still playing. I'd probably crack his head open to show him how valuable I was." Clemens was the only starting pitcher since Vida Blue in to win a league MVP award until Justin Verlander won the award in. On April 29,, Clemens became the first pitcher in history to strike out 20 batters in a nine-inning major league game, against the Seattle Mariners at Fenway Park. Other than Clemens, only Kerry Wood and Max Scherzer have matched the total. (Randy Johnson fanned 20 batters in nine innings on May 8, 2001. However, as the game went into extra innings, it is not categorized as occurring in a nine-inning game.
  • 1984
    Clemens married Debra Lynn Godfrey (born May 27, 1963) on November 24, 1984.
    More Details Hide Details They have four sons: Koby Aaron, Kory Allen, Kacy Austin, and Kody Alec—all given "K" names to honor Clemens's strikeouts ("K's"). Koby was at one time a minor league prospect in various MLB clubs. Debra once left a Red Sox game, when Clemens pitched for another team, in tears from the heckling she received. This is documented in an updated later edition to Dan Shaughnessy's best-selling book, Curse of the Bambino. Debra also was quoted in the book as stating that it was the poor attitude of Red Sox fans that prevented the team from ever winning the World Series (this was quoted prior to the Red Sox' 2004 World Series victory). Clemens is a member of the Republican Party and donated money to Texas congressman Ted Poe during his 2006 campaign. Debra posed in a bikini with her husband for a Sports Illustrated pictorial regarding athletes and their wives. This appeared in the annual Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition for 2003. Roger wore his Yankees uniform, with the jersey open. On February 27, 2006, to train for the World Baseball Classic, Roger pitched in an exhibition game between the Astros and his son's minor league team. In his first at-bat, Koby hit a home run off his father. In his next at-bat, Roger threw an inside pitch that almost hit Koby. Koby laughed in an interview after the game about the incident.
    Clemens debuted in the major leagues in 1984 with the Boston Red Sox, whose pitching staff he anchored for 12 years.
    More Details Hide Details In 1986, he won the American League (AL) Cy Young Award, the AL Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award, and the All-Star Game MVP Award, and he struck out an MLB-record 20 batters in a single game. After the 1996 season, Clemens left Boston via free agency and joined the Toronto Blue Jays. In each of his two seasons with Toronto, Clemens won a Cy Young Award, as well as the pitching triple crown by leading the league in wins, ERA, and strikeouts. Prior to the 1999 season, Clemens was traded to the New York Yankees where he won his two World Series titles. In 2003, he reached his 300th win and 4,000th strikeout in the same game. Clemens left for the Houston Astros in 2004, where he spent three seasons and won his seventh Cy Young Award. He rejoined the Yankees in 2007 for one last season before retiring.
  • 1983
    Clemens was drafted 19th overall by the Boston Red Sox in 1983 and quickly rose through the minor league system, making his major league debut on May 15,.
    More Details Hide Details An undiagnosed torn labrum threatened to end his career early; he would successfully undergo arthroscopic surgery at the hands of the then relatively unknown Dr. James Andrews.
    He then attended the University of Texas at Austin, compiling a 25–7 record in two All-American seasons, and was on the mound when the Longhorns won the 1983 College World Series.
    More Details Hide Details He became the first player to have his baseball uniform number retired at The University of Texas. In 2004, the Rotary Smith Award, given to America's best college baseball player, was changed to the Roger Clemens Award, honoring the best pitcher. At Texas, Clemens pitched 35 consecutive scoreless innings, a NCAA record that stood until Justin Pope broke it in 2001.
  • 1981
    The New York Mets selected Clemens in the 12th round of the 1981 Major League Baseball draft, but he did not sign.
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    He began his college career pitching for San Jacinto College North in 1981, where he was 9–2.
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  • 1977
    Clemens lived in Vandalia, Ohio, until 1977, and then spent most of his high school years in Houston, Texas.
    More Details Hide Details At Spring Woods High School, Clemens played baseball for longtime head coach Charles Maiorana and also played football and basketball. He was scouted by the Philadelphia Phillies and Minnesota Twins during his senior year, but opted to go to college.
  • 1962
    Born on August 4, 1962.
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