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Monday, May 19
Updated: June 15, 3:30 PM ET
 
Clemens: Hall will get another Yankee

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BOSTON -- Roger Clemens took some time out from looking forward to his 300th victory to look back on the first 13 years of his career -- and look ahead to the Hall of Fame and which team he'll represent.

Clemens told The New York Times on Sunday that he wants to enter the Hall of Fame as a Yankee. Clemens earned the first 192 of his 298 victories pitching for the Red Sox, tied with Cy Young for the most in club history.

But Clemens said he'd like the Yankees' logo on his Cooperstown plaque, the way Reggie Jackson has it.

"It's pretty simple, the way I look at it," Clemens told The Times. "I became a Hall of Famer here, with my numbers here and what I've done here, and hopefully 300 will be another big part of that.

When [former Red Sox general manager Dan] Duquette said that I was done, if I'd have taken his advice and went home, I wouldn't have been a Hall of Famer. So it's a no-brainer. It's definitely pretty easy. Reggie spent five years here, and this will be five for me."

The Hall of Fame has the final say on which team each player represents, and players do not always get their wish. One of this year's inductees, Gary Carter, will be depicted in a Montreal Expos cap despite stating publicly that he considers himself a Met.

Clemens' next two starts are scheduled to come against Boston. He told reporters Monday he has fond memories of the city and Fenway Park even though he now toils for the rival Yankees.

"It's never going to be in the past," Clemens said before Monday night's series opener, a 7-3 Yankees victory at Fenway Park. "This team and this ballpark is always going to be a part of me. I worked here. I worked here and I gave it my all here. That's never going to change."

Clemens needs two wins to become the 21st pitcher in baseball history with 300. He has already failed once to earn No. 299, getting a no-decision Friday night when the Yankees lost to the Texas Rangers in extra innings.

A win would have had him going for No. 300 on Wednesday in his old ballpark.

"Every time Roger pitches it's exciting, whether it's 289 or 299," Yankees manager Joe Torre said. "It's exciting because we're watching a guy that's going into the Hall of Fame."

As it is, Clemens could join the exclusive club by beating Boston twice: Wednesday at Fenway, then Monday at Yankee Stadium.

"I'm hoping to get on it and get after it pretty quick," the record six-time Cy Young Award winner said. "I'd like to get it and get it over with."

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.




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