When’s the last time you heard the name Roger Clemens and didn’t want to cringe? Well, we’ve all had our fill of the steroids stories, but there’s a new book out that looks at the Rocket in a little different light. Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com has talked to the guys who actually dug in (not that deep, we presume) against Clemens in his new book, Facing Clemens. Check it out. One of my favorite events to cover was Clemens’ 300th win; I truly felt lucky to be there for that game and it’s a shame that Clemens’ legacy will be (forever?) tainted by the PED situation.
My colleague Scott Merkin, the White Sox correspondent for MLB.com, passed along a few amusing quotes from this afternoon’s session with manager Ozzie Guillen. Apparently the Yankees were a prime topic of discussion. Most prominently, Ozzie weighed in on the Joba Chamberlain — starter or reliever? — controversy.
“I’ve never seen him as a starter, and I don’t have any opinion about him starting,” Guillen said. “But what I see from him out of the bullpen, that was pretty special. Real special. That guy has an arm and is going to make a lot of money. And he plays for the right team. He’ll make a lot of money.
“But that’s the first time I’ve seen him, too. I never [saw] him last year. But what I [saw] last night, that’s electric stuff. They have a manager and GM to make those decisions, and they will make the best decision for the ballclub and the kid. And I think Joe Girardi will handle that situation well because Joe Girardi is a baseball man and knows what he’s doing.
“Just make him a starter. We can see him once a week and not every day. I’m telling you, you see this kid coming out of the ‘pen every day, and it’s pretty interesting. You see him and Mo back-to-back, that’s something special. Where they find that kid?”