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Roger Clemens on Dale & Keefe: 'I did it the right way'

Rob Bradford
June 01, 2018 - 12:03 am

HOUSTON -- Roger Clemens kicked off his long day on WEEI with a memorable statement.

Appearing on the Dale & Keefe Show, prior to joining Tim Neverett and Dale Arnold on the Red Sox radio broadcast Thursday, Clemens addressed his candidacy for the Baseball Hall of Fame.

"I appreciate the guys who vote for me, who look at the facts and do all that stuff. That’s great. That’s not going to change me as a person and who I am," Clemens said. "I did it right. I did it the right way. The Hall of Fame is not going to change me as a person. I love the game of baseball. I love dealing with the guys who are trying to make their way to the big leagues. That’s all I have."

The comment "I did it the right way" is notable, of course, because of the one thing keeping Clemens out of Cooperstown -- the perception that he didn't do it the right way.

In his sixth year on the ballot, Clemens received 57.3 percent in the most recent voting for the Hall of Fame (with players needing 75 percent to get induction). It was the highest total the owner of seven Cy Young Awards had ever received, having gotten 54.1 percent the previous year and 45.2 percent in 2016.

While the numbers undoubtedly paint the picture of a Hall of Famer, Clemens' reported link to performance-enhancing drugs during his playing days has derailed the veteran of 24 big league seasons' bid to earn induction. He is a member of the Red Sox Hall of Fame.

To listen to the entire interview, click here.