Roger Clemens has been largely avoiding public attention for the last couple years, as a steroid scandal and a long criminal investigation have smeared his reputation, perhaps permanently. But the retired hurler made an appearance Saturday at the University of Texas alumni game, and he even sat down for a TV interview to discuss his chances of making the Baseball Hall of Fame.
“It would be an honor,” Clemens said of his potential induction. “But I have no control over it. The other guys vote, and you just have to go through the process there. If it happens, it’s great, but it won’t change my life. I’m not going to go around shaking people’s hands and telling them I’m a Hall of Famer. That’s not who I am as a person. But it would be fantastic.”
Clemens will be on the ballot to make the Hall in 2013, along with other stars like Barry Bonds and Sammy Sosa who contributed to the controversy of the Steroid Era.
The odds don’t look good for Clemens and others of his ilk — out of the required 75 percent of the voting necessary for induction, Mark McGwire garnered just 19.5 percent in 2012, and Rafael Palmeiro only 12.6.
Clemens was an 11-time All-Star and two-time World Series champion during his 24-year career. He compiled 354 wins, 4,672 strikeouts and a career ERA of 3.12 before walking away from the game in 2007.