Clemens avoids downfall of other greats

Roger Clemens is still far more effective than the large majority of men his age who have come before him.

Updated: October 23, 2003, 12:14 PM ET
By Jim Baker | MLB Insider
Roger Clemens was not sparkling in his final major league start last night, but he certainly pitched well enough to keep his team in the game and give them an opportunity to win. (I say final major league start because he could well be used out of the bullpen in a possible Game 7.) Yesterday I wrote that Roger Clemens is achieving the rare baseball trick of retiring before his talent evaporates rather than after. That brought this response:

    Jim: I find it hysterical that you don't give a single statistic for Roger Clemens ...Maybe because he sucked this season. I wish everyone would just admit that he isn't going out on top ...sure, it's not the bottom, which is definately an accomplishment ...I dont consider a 4.35 ERA or a 3.91 era to be anything good; the only thing keeping his head above water is the K's.

    Barry Gladstein
    Univ. of Wisconsin

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