In an alternate universe, one that is free of performance-enhancing drugs and Congressional testimony, it's easy to imagine Roger Clemens and Pedro Martinez sharing a stage in Cooperstown, N.Y., on a July day in 2015, the former welcoming the latter into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Instead we must settle for a pregame ceremony at Fenway Park. Unlike a vast majority of the more than 500 writers who cast Hall of Fame ballots every year, the 16 voters who elect new members to the Red Sox' Hall of Fame were able to see beyond Clemens' alleged transgressions, which include being injected with steroids late in his career by his trainer and lying under oath to Congress. But at least they delayed inducting "The Rocket" until he beat six felony counts in U.S. District Court in 2012. And so, not guilty in the courtroom if not in the court of public opinion, Clemens will join Martinez, Nomar Garciaparra and longtime broadcaster Joe Castiglione this summer in a power-packed 2014 Red Sox Hall of Fame class. They will be feted before a game in August, then honored at a dinner to benefit the Fenway Park Living Museum Fund. According to the Red Sox, Clemens and Martinez were among 13 pitchers considered by a panel that is comprised of club executives, members of the print and broadcast media, booster club representatives and historians. Garciaparra was chosen from a field of 15 position players. On the merits of their Red Sox careers, there isn't any debating that all three belong in the team's Hall of Fame. In fact, they dominated nearly three decades of franchise history. Clemens won three Cy Young Awards, to say nothing of matching Young's club record of 192 victories, in 13 seasons with the Red Sox from 1984-96. Garciaparra burst onto the scene in 1997, winning AL Rookie of the Year before copping a pair of batting titles in 1999 and 2000. And Martinez' tenure with the Sox only represented arguably the most dominant seven-year stretch for any pitcher. From 1998-2004, he went 117-37 with a 2.52 ERA, two Cy Young Awards, one World Series title and, of course, a few memorable clashes with Clemens, who had by then emerged as the ace of the hated Yankees.
Roger Clemens, Pedro Martinez among star-studded Red Sox 2014 Hall of Fame class
Boston Herald | Feb 5