The vote for the 2014 BBWAA Hall of Fame class will be revealed in just one day. As we've been doing for the past several weeks with players on the ballot, we'll now take a look at the cases for and against Roger Clemens.


In a 24-year career, mostly with the Red Sox, Rocket went 354-184 with a 3.12 ERA (143 ERA+), 1.17 WHIP and 4672 strikeouts in 4916 2/3 innings. He had 118 complete games and 46 shutouts, too.

An 11-time All-Star, Clemens won seven Cy Youngs and an MVP. He finished in the top three of Cy Young voting 10 times.

In postseason play, Clemens went 12-8 with a 3.75 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 173 strikeouts in 199 innings. He pitched in 24 different postseason series in 12 different postseasons. He pitched in six World Series, winning a ring with the 1999 and 2000 Yankees.


Quite simply, Clemens was one of the greatest pitchers in MLB history by just about every measure imaginable.

The seven Cy Youngs are the most ever. Clemens also ranks ninth in career wins, 18th in winning percentage, third in WAR among pitchers (behind Cy Young and Walter Johnson), third in strikeouts, 11th in ERA+ and 16th in innings pitched.

Clemens led the league in wins four times, ERA seven times, WHIP three times, innings twice, strikeouts five times, complete games three times, shutouts six times and strikeout-to-walk ratio four times.

We could probably go on and on here, but is it really necessary? Clemens' Hall of Fame case isn't about what he did on the field. When you watched him, you knew you were watching a Hall of Fame player and a true all-timer. He passes every single imagineable test.

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