On Monday Roger Clemens was acquitted on charges of obstruction and lying to Congress when he denied using performance-enhancing drugs during his 24-year Major League Baseball career. The court of public opinion
may not probably doesn’t agree, but the jury has spoken.
Now the focus turns to whether or not Clemens and his two World Series rings, seven Cy Young Awards, AL MVP Award, 354 wins, and 4,672 strikeouts will one day have a place in the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY.
Clemens’ career statistics and awards haul would seemingly make him a first ballot choice. Hall members Reggie Jackson and Johnny Bench have endorsed the 11-time All-Star’s enshrinement based on this week’s ruling, but that may not be enough.
Candidates must receive 75% of the vote by eligible members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America to be inducted. Clemens will be eligible next year so we won’t have to wait too long to see if the acquittal helped clear his name in the minds of voters. It’s worth noting that Barry Bonds and Sammy Sosa will be on the ballot for the first time next year as well.
Until we receive the verdict from Hall of Fame voters on Roger Clemens the folks at MAD Magazine have created this plaque for “The Rocket”.