Wednesday, December 19, 2007

"I am disappointed that my 25 years in public life have apparently not earned me the benefit of the doubt," says Roger Clemens.

Are you kidding? It's Clemens' 25 years in public life which raise doubts. I remember reading an interview after the 1995 or 1996 season where a scout said that Clemens was losing velocity and, consequently, his performance was declining. Clemens rebounded from being an average pitcher in 1995 to a 21-7, 2.05 ERA season with the Jays in 1997, the 1997 ERA being less than half the league average of 4.53. After leaving Toronto, Clemens struggled again, but rebounded with an amazing 2005 season at the age of 42: a 1.87 ERA in 211 innings and his 7th Cy Young award.

In fact, his 1.87 ERA was his lowest ever. What sort of player plays his best past the age of 40? Barry Bonds is another example.

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