Curt Schilling has officially called out Roger Clemens.
Schilling said on his blog, 38 Pitches, that The Rocket should surrender the four Cy Young Awards he's received since 1997 if he is unable to clear his name from allegations that he used steroids.
"If he doesn't do that then there aren't many options as a fan for me other than to believe his career 192 wins and three Cy Youngs he won prior to 1997 were the end," Schilling wrote Wednesday.He also made it clear that he was a fan of the seven-time Cy Young Award winner, had always "respected his career accomplishments and regarded him as the greatest pitcher to ever play the game." Schilling went on to compare Clemens' situation to that of Barry Bonds, saying that the game "needs fixing."
Clemens' last four Cy Youngs came in 1997, 1998, 2001 and 2004. Former Senate Majority leader and spearhead of the latest steroids investigation into baseball, George Mitchell, wrote in his report that former trainer Brian McNamee claimed he injected Clemens with steroids in 1998 while with the Toronto Blue Jays, and steroids and HGH in 2000 and 2001, while with the New York Yankees.
If by some freak accident, Clemens should turn in his awards -- and we're not saying whether he should or shouldn't -- they'd go to the runners up, which would be Randy Johnson (1997 and 2004), Pedro Martinez (1998) and Mark Mulder (2001). Whoa... remember when Mulder was Cy Young material?
Check out The Love of Sports for some great satire on Clemens and McNamee.
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