Sunday, December 18, 2005

CLEMENS PROJECTION

Drafted 19th overall by the Boston Red Sox, making his major league debut on May 15, 1984, Clemens reached the twilight of his career in early 1990s. After Red Sox general manager Dan Duquette disgracefully made him infamous by exaggerating the remark of "twilight of his career" and did not re-sign him following the '96 season, Clemens signed with the Toronto Blue Jays. In his two seasons there, he won the Cy Young both years. Clemens was traded to the New York Yankees before the 1999 season. In 1999 and 2000, he won World Series titles with the Yankees. In 2001, he became the first pitcher in history to start a year 20–1. He finished the season at 20-3. On June 13, 2003, pitching against the St. Louis Cardinals in Yankee Stadium, Clemens posted his 300th career win and 4,000th career strikeout, and became the only player in history to record both milestones in the same game. He signed a one-year deal with his hometown Houston Astros on January 12, 2004. He finished the season with 4,317 strikeouts and an 18-4 record, giving him a career record of 328-164. After the season, he won his seventh Cy Young Award and went on to become the oldest player ever to win this award, at the age of 42. On January 21 2005, Clemens and the Astros agreed on a one-year, $18 million contract, which made Clemens the highest yearly salary-earning pitcher in MLB history. On October 22 2005, in his last performance of the 2005 season, he lasted only two innings in Game 1 of the 2005 World Series. The Astros declined arbitration to Clemens on December 7 2005 that means the seven-time Cy Young Award winner can't re-sign the National League champions before May 1, 2006. With 341 victories, Clemens is ninth on the career list with the most wins among living pitchers. Should Roger Clemens return to baseball next season, he already has mentioned his preferable teams; Houston, Texas, New York and Boston.

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