Roger Clemens: Beneficiary of Bullshit

Exhibit A:

The Associated Press story of Clemens’ guilty plea.

The article is long enough that you know the local and national editors want this piece to be a critical frame of reference for the historical record.  The problem is that the article is replete with errors.

Take this one: “As he has throughout the process, Clemens again fought any suggestion that he cheated during a 23-season career that ended with 354 wins and 4,672 strikeouts. He won his first three Cy Young awards in 1986, ’87 and ’91, dipped ever so slightly, then won four more in 1997, ’98, 2001 and 2004, at the age of 42.”

“Dipped ever so slightly” — really?

Complete games in ’91? — 13.  Complete games in ’92? — 11.  Complete games in ’93? — 2.

Shutouts in ’91? — 4.  Shutouts in ’92? — 5.  Shutouts in ’93? — 1.  Shutouts from ’93-’96? — 5.

Wins in ’91? — 18.  Wins in ’92? — 18.  Wins in ’93? — 11.   Wins in ’94? — 9.

Innings pitched in ’91? — 271.  Innings pitched in ’92? — 246.  Innings pitched in ’93? — 191.  In ’94? — 170.

If all of this characterizes an ever so slight dip in performance, why bother reading the rest of the article?

If Clemens argues this in court, he’ll be wearing diapers in Sing Sing.

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