Clemens Tells WFAN He No Longer Pays Attention To Hall Of Fame Voting

'Moose And Maggie' Interview Former Yankees Pitcher

Moose & Maggie
January 17, 2020 - 12:39 pm
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Roger Clemens says he won't be waiting by the phone Tuesday when the baseball Hall of Fame calls its newest members.

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In fact, the seven-time Cy Young Award winner claims he doesn't even know when the 2020 class will be revealed.

Clemens unquestionably has a Hall of Fame resume, but he has failed to gain admission to Cooperstown in his first seven years on the ballot over speculation that he used performance-enhancing drugs during his career.

Talking to WFAN's "Moose and Maggie" show Friday, the former Yankees pitcher said he has moved past worrying about whether he'll ever be enshrined among the game's all-time greats.

"Until you just mentioned it, it's not come up one time," he said by phone from the Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions golf event in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. "So the day kind of comes and goes really. So the luster of it, with everybody -- the people that are ill-informed on it and everything that comes and goes, that's really what it does: It comes and goes. I don't even know the date, and we don't really pay attention to it. And there might be some people say a few things maybe the day after and maybe the second day, and then after that, it's just pretty much gone by again."

Clemens, 57, never failed an MLB-administered drug test but was named in the 2007 Mitchell Report, which documented illegal steroid use in baseball. A former trainer claimed he repeatedly injected Clemens with an anabolic steroid, an accusation the former pitcher has repeatedy denied.

Clemens was indicted on perjury charges after telling a congressional committee he never used PEDs but was ultimately acquitted on all counts.

"You just hear different comments, that people don't understand the facts or hear the facts of the whole thing," said Clemens, who played 24 seasons with the Red Sox, Blue Jays, Yankees and Astros. "But I think that's water under the bridge. That's been talked about. And we went about it the right way, and we did it the right way."

When asked if he still wants to be inducted into the Hall, Clemens said: "Nah. Like I said, for me, it's great, the guys that paid attention to the details and saw the facts and the guys that vote. That's awesome. And like I said, I've been to Cooperstown many, many times, know the guys up there. They've been great to me and my family, and it's really a cool place, but it's not going to change me either way, as a person or a player."

Clemens has been inching closer each year to being elected, which requires a 75% vote from baseball writers. Last year, he received 59.5% of the votes. Among the 40% of ballots known this year, Clemens has 72.9% support.

To listen to the interview, in which Clemens was also asked about the Astros' sign-stealing scandal, click on the audio player above.

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