BOSTON -- Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling called on
Roger Clemens to give up the four Cy Young Awards he's won since
1997 if he can't clear his name from allegations that he used
steroids to prolong and enhance his career.
"If he doesn't do that then there aren't many options as a fan
for me other than to believe his career 192 wins and three Cy
Youngs he won prior to 1997 were the end," Schilling wrote
Wednesday in his blog, 38pitches.com. "From that point on the
numbers were attained through using [performance-enhancing drugs].
Just like I stated about Jose [Canseco], if that is the case with
Roger, the four Cy Youngs should go to the rightful winners, and
the numbers should go away if he cannot refute the accusations."
Schilling noted in the 3,200-word posting that he was a fan of
the seven-time Cy Young winner who owed much of his success to a
stern talking-to he received from Clemens when Schilling was a
prospect in the Boston system.
"His 'undressing' of me and lecture were a major turning
point," Schilling said. "I've always respected his career
accomplishments and regarded him as the greatest pitcher to ever
play the game."
But, having called on Canseco to give up his 1988 AL MVP award,
and noting also the unrefuted evidence against Barry Bonds,
Schilling acknowledged he could not avoid questioning Clemens'
accomplishments, as well.
"Can you separate what Barry is accused of from what Roger is
accused of?" Schilling said. "If ... both of these men end up
being caught, what does that say about this game, us as athletes
and the future of the sport and our place in it? The greatest
pitcher and greatest hitter of all time are currently both being
implicated, one is being prosecuted, for events surrounding and
involving the use of performance enhancing drugs. That [stinks].
... The sport needs fixing."
Clemens was the biggest name in the report by former Senate
majority leader George Mitchell that detailed the widespread use of
performance-enhancing drugs in baseball. Clemens has denied using
The Rocket's last four Cy Young Awards came in 1997, 1998, 2001
and 2004. Many of the allegations against Clemens in the Mitchell
report came from former trainer Brian McNamee, though none pertain
to 1997 or 2004. Mitchell wrote McNamee said he injected Clemens
with steroids in 1998 while with the Toronto Blue Jays, and
steroids and human growth hormone in 2000 and 2001, while with the
New York Yankees.
Tommy Craig, the Blue Jays' former longtime trainer, refuted the report's claims from Clemens' Toronto years, during which Craig worked as head trainer.
"Roger never gave me any reason to believe anything like that was going on," Craig told the Toronto Sun. "He was a hard-working fool, a guy that you'd wish every one of your players would model themselves after as far as fitness and training and, on game day, his focus and all that. But I never saw anything out of the ordinary.
"I mean, Roger didn't get obviously bigger. He didn't change, didn't get a squeaky voice, didn't have any hair sprouting out. I didn't have any reason to believe anything was going on."
Schilling commended those who've apologized for using
performance-enhancing drugs and called on everyone accused to
prove their innocence or apologize for their mistakes.
"The world is full of good to great people that have made
mistakes of this magnitude or worse," Schilling wrote. "These
guys made mistakes, and I do mean mistakes. They didn't
accidentally do this, this was a conscious decision with far
reaching implications and they should be held accountable."
While saying Canseco's "entire career, all of it, is a sham"
and saying "he was never in his life a major league player,"
Schilling also acknowledged that many of Canseco's claims about
other steroid users have been corroborated.
"He has broken the flood gates on a topic that went unspoken on
for far too long," Schilling said.
Schilling was among those who testified in March 2005 to a U.S.
House committee investigating steroids, along with Mark McGwire,
Sammy Sosa and Rafael Palmeiro. The same committee has scheduled
hearings for Jan. 15.
Clemens has not been asked to attend, though it's possible that
the committee could decide to ask Clemens or other players to
appear that day -- or at a future hearing, if there is one.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.