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Would Clemens ever return?
MAILBAG: May 16
Q: Since the old regime of the Boston Red Sox is out, how likely is it that
Roger Clemens returns to Beantown next season and puts No. 21 back on (no
one's donned the number since he left)? All would be forgiven, and he would go
to the Hall with the "B" rightfully on his cap. -- Patrick Laverty, Cumberland, R.I.
Peter Gammons: I think the Red Sox's new ownership would love to have him back, but the New York Yankees would never allow it. After Roger is done playing, I think you'll see some reconnection between the two sides.
Q: I recently received a book by Allen Barra called, "Clearing the Bases: The
Greatest Baseball Debates of the Last Century." In one chapter, he compares
Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays and concludes that Mantle was the better
overall player. What's your opinion? Mantle is my all-time favorite player,
but I had always conceded that Mays was better. -- Peter Blanchette,
Q: Can you settle a long-raging debate between two book jockeys working in
the bowels of a bookstore? In your opinion, which record is the hardest to
break: Joe DiMaggio's 56-game hit streak or Pete Rose's career hit record? I
say it's Rose's record (even more than Aaron). By the way, my friend is a
Yankee fan! -- Brian Burkett, Temecula, Calif.
Q: Is there a chance the Texas Rangers could get a real No. 1 pitcher? Chan
Ho Park is not and never will be one (in my opinion). If so, would they be able
to get anything for Rusty Greer, Gabe Kapler or Hank Blalock? -- Carleton Sellers,
Q: Where do you see Vladimir Guerrero ending up by the trade deadline or, if he isn't dealt, at the end of the season? -- Matt Flanagan, North Haven,
PWG: The Yanks call every week on Floyd and have been told that heís not available. Now, if Florida falls back, then at the deadline he might be traded.
Q: With Manny Ramirez out for 4-6 weeks, do you see the Red Sox going after
another power hitter, maybe Jim Thome or Carlos Delgado? -- Jacob Bauza,
Q: Do you think there's anything illegal about what the Colorado Rockies are
doing to their baseballs (i.e., storing them in that humidor)? If not, are
other teams doing the same? Wouldn't all teams with poor offenses be better
served by doing this? -- Cubs fan, Damascus, Md.
Q: With the Mike Hampton rumors swirling, are the Atlanta Braves in the
market for a left-handed starter? What would they have to give up? --
Q: Do you see the Detroit Tigers trading some of their good young prospects
to try to gain some much-needed offense? -- John Walton, Wellington, Kan.
Q: The New York Mets are hard to watch. What's next for this underachieving
crew and its lackadaisical manager? Could someone please tell Mike Piazza, Mo Vaughn
and Jeromy Burnitz that there is no such thing as a seven-run homer? Do you think
Bobby Valentine's managerial style is more suited for the American League?
-- Matt LaPan, Hudson Falls, N.Y.
Q: What chance do you see of the San Francisco Giants making the playoffs?
Do you see them making any trades before the deadline? I love your work. -- Brian, San Ramon, Calif.
Q: What are your thoughts on Baltimore Orioles starter Rodrigo Lopez, with
his 5-0 start and 2.01 ERA? Is he the real deal? -- Brandon Weigel,
Q: Would you please explain what a quality start is for a pitcher? --
Nicholas Black, Glenside, Pa.