Count Roger Clemens among those not surprised that Roger Clemens was not elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame by the BBWAA. The seven-time Cy Young Award-winner appeared on just 37.6% of the 569 ballots in his first year of eligibility as no eligible players reached the threshold for enshrinement (75%).
That the pitcher who ranks ninth in career wins and third in career strikeouts could receive such little support and nobody would be surprised speaks to how heavily the specter of performance-enhancing drugs hangs over Clemens' lengthy career. Despite being named 82 times in the Mitchell Report commissioned by Major League Baseball and released in 2007, Clemens has maintained his innocence. In June 2012, Clemens was acquitted of charges of perjury and obstruction of justice, relating to testimony he gave Congress in 2008, when he testified that he had never used steroids, HGH or any performance-enhancing drugs.
Shortly after the BBWAA voting results were revealed on Wednesday, Clemens tweeted his reaction.
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— Roger Clemens (@rogerclemens) January 9, 2013