Thursday, December 20, 2007

You know Schilling has an opinion

For baseball to really clean up its act it is going to take more than the Mitchell Report on performance-enhancing drugs and more than Congress to get after commissioner Bud Selig. It’s going to take the players themselves.

On Wednesday, Boston pitcher Curt Schilling fired the first salvo at New York Yankees pitcher Roger Clemens, a seven-time Cy Young Award winner, whose use of the illegal human growth hormones was detailed in Mitchell’s report.

Wednesday, on his blog “,” Schilling fired away at Clemens as both a major league pitcher and a baseball fan. Here are some excerpts.

If Clemens can’t prove his innocence:

“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. 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 (won after 1996) should go to the rightful winners, and the numbers should go away if he cannot refute the accusations.”


“Can you separate what Barry (Bonds) is accused of from what Roger is accused of? 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.”

It will be interesting to see if other players join Schilling’s crusade.

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