Roger Clemens Boston Red Sox

Age: 60 (August 04, 1962) | aka Rocket | 6' 4" | 235lbs. | Throws: Right
Tm Lg YEAR W L SV Hld G GS IP H HR BB SO ERA WHIP Rating BB/9 SO/9 BABIP G/L/F % $4x4 $5x5
BOS AL 1984 9 4 0 0 21 20 133.1 146 13 29 126 4.32 1.31 1.35 2.0 8.5 .347 n/a
BOS AL 1985 7 5 0 0 15 15 98.1 83 5 37 74 3.29 1.22 1.11 3.4 6.8 .277 n/a
BOS AL 1986 24 4 0 0 33 33 254.0 179 21 67 238 2.48 0.97 0.96 2.4 8.4 .248 n/a
BOS AL 1987 20 9 0 0 36 36 281.2 248 19 83 256 2.97 1.18 1.13 2.7 8.2 .298 n/a
BOS AL 1988 18 12 0 0 35 35 264.0 217 17 62 291 2.93 1.06 1.04 2.1 9.9 .306 n/a
BOS AL 1989 17 11 0 0 35 35 253.1 215 20 93 230 3.13 1.22 1.15 3.3 8.2 .287 n/a
BOS AL 1990 21 6 0 0 31 31 228.1 193 7 54 209 1.93 1.08 1.01 2.1 8.2 .300 n/a
BOS AL 1991 18 10 0 0 35 35 271.1 219 15 65 241 2.62 1.05 1.01 2.2 8.0 .280 n/a
BOS AL 1992 18 11 0 0 32 32 246.2 203 11 62 208 2.41 1.07 1.02 2.3 7.6 .283 n/a
BOS AL 1993 11 14 0 0 29 29 191.2 175 17 67 160 4.46 1.26 1.22 3.1 7.5 .293 n/a
BOS AL 1994 9 7 0 0 24 24 170.2 124 15 71 168 2.85 1.14 1.07 3.7 8.9 .258 n/a
BOS AL 1995 10 5 0 0 23 23 140.0 141 15 60 132 4.18 1.44 1.38 3.9 8.5 .324 n/a
BOS AL 1996 10 13 0 0 34 34 242.2 216 19 106 257 3.63 1.33 1.23 3.9 9.5 .316 n/a
TOR AL 1997 21 7 0 0 34 34 264.0 204 9 68 292 2.05 1.03 0.95 2.3 10.0 .301 n/a
TOR AL 1998 20 6 0 0 33 33 234.2 169 11 88 271 2.65 1.10 0.98 3.4 10.4 .288 n/a
NYA AL 1999 14 10 0 0 30 30 187.2 185 20 90 163 4.60 1.47 1.39 4.3 7.8 .311 n/a
NYA AL 2000 13 8 0 0 32 32 204.1 184 26 84 188 3.70 1.31 1.30 3.7 8.3 .289 n/a
NYA AL 2001 20 3 0 0 33 33 220.1 205 19 72 213 3.51 1.26 1.22 2.9 8.7 .313 n/a
NYA AL 2002 13 6 0 0 29 29 180.0 172 18 63 192 4.35 1.31 1.28 3.2 9.6 .328 n/a 12
NYA AL 2003 17 9 0 0 33 33 211.2 199 24 58 190 3.91 1.21 1.25 2.5 8.1 .301 n/a 24
HOU NL 2004 18 4 0 0 33 33 214.1 169 15 79 218 2.98 1.16 1.08 3.3 9.2 .285 n/a 33
HOU NL 2005 13 8 0 0 32 32 211.1 151 11 62 185 1.87 1.01 0.94 2.6 7.9 .254 n/a 42
HOU NL 2006 7 6 0 0 19 19 113.1 89 7 29 102 2.30 1.04 1.01 2.3 8.1 .274 n/a 23
NYA AL 2007 6 6 0 0 18 17 99.0 99 9 31 68 4.18 1.31 1.29 2.8 6.2 .299 n/a 6 7
Career 24yrs 354 184 0 0 709 707 4916.2 4185 363 1580 4672 3.12 1.17 1.12 2.9 8.6 .294 n/a
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A friend of mine, Keith Law, may have the most tortured ballot of all among the many writers for The Athletic who have Hall of Fame ballots.

Keith Law’s ballot

Barry Bonds
Todd Helton
Andrew Jones
David Ortiz
Manny Ramirez
Alex Rodriguez
Scott Rolen
Gary Sheffield

The all-time home run king, fourth all time in WAR among all players (behind only Babe Ruth, Walter Johnson and Cy Young — all of whom played before baseball was integrated), recipient of seven MVP awards and deserving of two more, seventh all time in on-base percentage, eighth all time in slugging percentage, still the only member of the 500 HR/500 stolen base club … this isn’t about Bonds’ statistical case, though. His Hall of Fame candidacy has become a referendum on the “steroid era,” which is a misleading moniker, at best. We don’t know who did or did not use performance-enhancing drugs in most cases. Bonds himself never tested positive for anything, and the vast majority of players who tested positive were decidedly less than superstars. The only argument whatsoever to omit Bonds from a ballot is based on a broad reading of the character clause, and in his case, I don’t think that argument suffices to keep out of Cooperstown one of the best players in MLB history and someone who was on a Hall of Fame track even before his physical appearance seemed to rapidly change.

Complete breakdown of Law’s ballot

In the breakdown:

Not on my ballot

Roger Clemens: Clemens did not appear on my ballot, which I think is the first time I have stopped voting for a player for whom I voted in the past. We’ve known for a while now that Clemens had an inappropriate relationship with the late country singer Mindy McCready, which the New York Daily News reported began when McCready was 15 and Clemens was 28. McCready confirmed to the Daily News that the two had an affair, though she later said that it didn’t begin until she was 18.  I was wrong to vote for him in the past. The character clause is not well defined by the Hall of Fame, and there are players in the Hall whose character was questionable and players on my ballot whose character was questionable. But if Clemens’ transgressions with McCready don’t call for invoking the character clause, then we might as well remove it entirely. That’s why I declined to vote for him now, a small and perhaps futile stand on principle in his last year of eligibility.

Bobby Abreu: Abreu is the one player who was borderline for me but didn’t make the cut. I could change my mind at some point, but even as someone who argued that Abreu was underrated during his career, I see a Hall of Fame case lacking enough of a peak to get my vote. Abreu was never the best player at his own position in any year of his career, and that’s enough of a reason for me to keep him off my ballot when he was already on the border (60 WAR in both systems).

Alex Patton Alex
Jan 8