Monday, February 18, 2008

New Poll: Does Clemens Belong in the Hall of Fame?

by Christopher Reardon

In the wake of congressional hearings and the damning (absentee) testimony of Andy Pettitte - who when deposed about his own use of Human Growth Hormone testified that Roger Clemens spoke with him on several occasions about using performing enhancing drugs himself - it's getting harder and harder to believe that the Rocket was indeed clean throughout his entire career. Still, Clemens has refused to admit his use, maintaining that his former trainer Brian McNamee (who told the Mitchell Report that he injected Clemens with HGH and steroids) is a liar and that Pettitte "misremembers" any conversations they supposedly had regarding PEDs.

Meanwhile it appears that the Rocket's pitching career is over, as he's all but begun duty under the service contract he signed with the Houston Astros which comes into effect when Roger's finished playing. This means that in five years, the Rocket will be up for a Hall of Fame vote. History shows that shamed players (*cough* Mark McGuire *cough*) will not receive the necessary votes for a plaque in the Hall, and many writers who have votes have already claimed that they will not vote for Clemens when his time comes.

So here's the question: if you had a vote for the Hall of Fame, would you send Clemens in?

You can find the poll and give your answer in the side-bar to the right, and the poll closes in about a month. Let us know what you think!


cheswickrdn said...

Yes he does, Drugs have been a big part of sports for a while now, and this bull shit of smearing a mans hole career as hes about retire, is kinda bullshit..

Anonymous said...

I think he should go to the hall.
I did a piece on steroids and I don't much care what these guys have taken. He was only doing it to keep up with the batters that do/did it.
I do however think he owes Dan Duquette an apology. LOL!