Thursday, December 20, 2007

Schilling to Clemens: Give Back Cy Youngs

Curt Schilling, of the Boston Red Sox, has called on Roger Clemens to clear his name or give back four of his Cy Young Awards.

“Roger has denied every allegation brought to the table so, my thought is that Roger will find a way in short order to organize a legal team to guarantee a retraction of the allegations made, a public apology is made, and his name is completely cleared,” said Schilling on his blog, “If he doesn’t do that then there aren’t many options.”

Then, 33 months after denying his own steroid allegations in front of congress, Schilling said, “The 4 Cy Youngs should go to the rightful winners and the numbers should go away.”

This is an issue that has come up already when Schilling demanded that, “Everything [Canseco] ever did should be wiped clean. I think his MVP should go back and should go to the runner-up.”

Canseco countered Schillings demands saying, “He lied before Congress and he was reprimanded for it." Canseco added, "What a horrendous performance he put on with the spotlight on him in front of the whole world and he could have said something important. He's a complete hypocrite. Nobody takes him seriously. People around baseball all feel the same way about him.”

In the Mitchell Report, Senator Mitchell claimed that every team in baseball had a steroids issue, that no team was exempt and there were “no doubt” more players involved than named in his report. So why would Clemens have to give his Cy Young up to somebody who very well could have been on the juice himself?

In the post Mitchell-Report era it would be unfair to take away records, Cy Youngs, and MVPs from individual players without finding a way to absolve everyone not linked to steroids, since most players are feebly linked to steroids anyways. A better way to handle it may be to put an asterisk next to everyone’s name in the record books from Lenny Dykstra to the last player off the field before MLB instituted steroid testing in 2002.

Go to Hot Stove New York for more NY sports news.

No comments: