I have said this here before, but I want to say it again:
In my fairly educated opinion, Roger Clemens is the greatest right-handed pitcher of all time, pending the completion of Pedro Martinez' career.
Martinez is far ahead of Clemens on an inning-for-inning basis, but I think their overall stats will favor Clemens when all is said and done. And I
don't think any other right-handed pitcher--Tom Seaver, Greg Maddux, Juan Marichal, Jim Palmer, Robin Roberts, Walter Johnson, Bob Gibson, Phil
Niekro, Cy Young, Mike Mussina, etc.--can match Clemens when all is said, done and evaluated.
Pedro MAY eventually, and appeared headed that way for sure five years ago, but I think it unlikely now. I don't know who else is a realistic
candidate among current pitchers. SEVEN E.R.A. titles, which is otherworldly unless you're the otherworldly Lefty Grove, the game's greatest pitcher.
A ton of Cy Youngs. More wins than any Live Ball Era (i.e., real) pitcher except the timeless Warren Spahn.
I hope I haven't seen him for the last time. I hope he can win another 33 games, so he passes everyone except Young and Johnson. Hell, while I'm
dreaming, I hope he wins two more E.R.A. titles and ties Grove, albeit in many more seasons and in some less unfavorable parks. And yeah, I know he's
I couldn't care less, nor could I care what his political views are like. I admire the hell out of him as a pitcher and guy who covers
his teammates in all kinds of ways.
There I go being politically incorrect again. If I get run out of Northern California, is one of y'all ready to take me in?