Hall of Fame
Just when you thought it was safe to stop thinking about Roger Clemens, the embattled pitcher has returned.(1)
Roger Clemens, one of baseball's greatest pitchers ever, was acquitted of all charges in a perjury case against him on Monday. The case was something of a disaster for the prosecution. A four-year process by the U.S. attorney's office to charge and try him—twice, after the first trial ended in mistrial due to prosecutor error—was based upon sworn statements Clemens had made to Congress about never having used steroids or human-growth hormone.
“When they choose their methods, they want them to be 'aesthetically pleasing' to them," Parcells told me. "They want to be creative. They want to be the next Bill Walsh. They have computers, they have four, five hundred plays. My teams might have had 60. They have schemes, they have wrinkles. It’s a highly technical world they live in.
“But some of them get on the plane on Sunday night, and they don’t know why they lost. They’re busy saying, ‘Oh, we turned the ball over here, this guy didn’t do that’ … But they neglect the rationale of the complexity of what they’re doing contributing to the demise of the execution, to the point where it’s game-affecting.
When it comes to the Hall of Fame potential of New York Yankees of recent vintage, the dividing line between the ones who are likely to make it to Cooperstown and the ones who aren’t is generally pretty apparent.
Players like Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera and Alex Rodriguez should reach the 75 percent of ballots filled out by members of the Baseball Writers Association of America on their first try. Only Rodriguez could face any opposition among this group, thanks to his steroid-infused past.
With the results of the voting for baseball's Hall of Fame about to be revealed, plenty of players with New York ties will learn if they will receive the honor of induction, the purgatory of being held over on the ballot for another year, or the indignity of getting kicked off altogether.