Roger Clemens, better known in professional baseball as the “Rocket”, was one of the great figures of the Major Leagues in his time with teams such as the Houston Astros and the New York Yankees.
Clemens was in the twelfth round of the 1981 draft with the New York Mets, but did not sign. Choosing to go to the University of Texas. Clemens was nineteenth (19th) in the draft by the Boston Red Sox, making its debut on May 15, 1984.
In 1986, his 24 wins fell short of the crowning of the Boston Red Sox, who lost the 1986 Baseball World Series to the New York Mets 4 games to 3.
Clemens won the American League Most Valuable Player (MVP) award and also the first of his seven (7) awards. Cy Young (1986, 1987, 1991, 1997, 1998 and 2001 in the American League and 2004 in the National League) .1 Two-time winner of the Triple Crown, in 1997 and 1998.
He was a member of MLB All-Century (list of the best baseball players of the 20th century) in 1999 in which he was considered among the best pitchers of the century. Hall of Fame slugger Hank Aaron was upset that Clemens was not eligible for the MVP award.
Clemens is one of two pitchers with 20 strikeouts in a 9-inning game in the majors (Kerry Wood is the other). Randy Johnson had 20 in one game, but it was in extra innings (Johnson didn’t keep the record).
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In May 2009, Roger Clemens broke his silence and again denied that his former physical trainer Brian McNamee had injected him with performance-enhancing drugs.