Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Is Major League Baseball Snubbing Roger Clemens?

I have come full circle and I am home again. It is good to see you Roger Clemens.

Roger Clemens was my boyhood hero. He could do no wrong. Roger didn't ask out of Game 6 of the 1986 World Series, John McNamara took him out against his will. Roger didn't leave Boston, Dan Duquette shoved him to Toronto. I always defended Roger especially against the likes of Will McDonough and his attacks on my hero who he labeled The Texas Con Man.

Then it all changed, Roger became a Yankee and then he started lying and lying and acting as if everyone was as dumb as he turned out to be. I would become a Roger Clemens basher and it was fun.

It is changing again and it has to do with Major League Baseball and their Franchise Four promotion they are doing for this year's All Star Game. In case you haven't heard, each baseball franchise has eight all time great players listed on an online ballot and the fans vote for the four best, The Franchise Four. You can also write in a player's name if he is not listed as one of the eight.

The other part of the voting is the Franchise Four; Greatest Living Players. The fans vote for this as well. MLB lists eight of the greatest living players on an online ballot and the fans decide which four are the best. There is also an area once again where you can write in a player's name who is not listed.

This will all culminate in what is sure to be a great ceremony at the All Star Game in Cincinnati this July and it appears that MLB wants nothing to do with Roger Clemens.

Roger Clemens is not listed on the ballot for the Boston Red Sox or The Greatest Living Players. Maybe his career doesn't measure up to be on either of those ballots? Let's take a look.

The Red Sox ballot consists of Dwight Evans, Carlton Fisk, Pedro Martinez, David Ortiz, Jim Rice, Ted Williams, Carl Yastrzemski and Cy Young.

Roger Clemens has the third highest WAR, while playing for the Red Sox, in Red Sox history. Only Yaz and Ted Williams amassed a higher WAR in their Red Sox careers.

The Greatest Living Players ballot consists of Hank Aaron, Johnny Bench, Rickey Henderson, Barry Bonds, Tom Seaver, Sandy Koufax, Pedro Martinez and Willie Mays.

Roger Clemens has a career WAR of 140.3 which puts him behind only Mays, Aaron and Bonds on the best career WAR among living players.

Maybe they are keeping him off the ballots as a way to punish him for the steroid issue, I would not have an issue with that except Barry Bonds shows up on three ballots. He is on the Greatest Living Players ballot along with the Giants and Pirates ballot. Is there really a difference between Bonds and Clemens? I actually think they have the same exact circumstances, both great players before they took PEDs and then they became immortal players thanks to their chemically enhanced numbers.

I hate to defend Roger but how can a guy with the 8th highest career WAR in MLB history along with the 9th most wins in baseball history not be on a single ballot? I know you can write his name in if you choose but not being listed puts him at a very distinct disadvantage. Has it been done on purpose? It seems so, yet Bonds doesn't seem to be getting the same treatment. Maybe this is MLB's way of making me a Roger Clemens fan again. I am back to defending The Rocket. So go write in his name in the name of justice, well...maybe we shouldn't use the word justice when defending Roger.

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