• Sox Dodged Bullet On Rocket

    Posted by on February 28th, 2008 · Comments (4)

    Larry Lucchino, on Roger Clemens, via the Providence Journal:

    The current [Red Sox] ownership group, which has made great strides in alumni relations, wanted to mend things with Clemens, too. When the Sox attempted to sign him in 2006, they commissioned a video to play for him in an effort to woo Clemens back to Boston for the end of his career.

    “He did say,” said Lucchino, “that after our effort about reaching out to him, he felt much better about the organization.”

    But after demonstrating a willingness to meet Clemens more than halfway, the Sox seem to be backpedaling. They were largely unstained by the release of the Mitchell Report and, of course, they’d like to keep it that way.

    Had things gone differently, had Clemens accepted their offer to return in 2006 or 2007, the Sox this spring would be up to their necks in talk about steroids and human growth hormone. What did the Red Sox know and when did they know it?

    “Certainly,” said Lucchino, “when we look at last year and the (minimal) contributions he made to the Yankees pitching staff and the ultimate success we had, I guess we were lucky.”

    Instead, the Sox’ hands are clean. For now, the Sox are just one of Clemens’ four former employers. As his trouble worsens, Clemens’ relationship with the Sox grows more distant, his time here more and more removed.

    And after a period in which they tried to re-establish ties with Clemens, one gets the distinct feeling that that’s just fine with the Red Sox.

    Thinking of all this, I wonder if the Yankees will invite Clemens to Old Timer’s Day this season, or, to the ceremonies on the day of the last game at (the current Yankee) Stadium? Doubt it.

    Clemens is now the Philip Nolan of baseball.

    Comments on Sox Dodged Bullet On Rocket

    1. Rich
      February 28th, 2008 | 11:21 pm

      They were largely unstained by the release of the Mitchell Report and, of course, they’d like to keep it that way.
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      Theo was one of the few GMs named in the report. That hardly leaves the Sox unstained.

      http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/archives/004899.php

      …On November 1, 2006, Epstein emailed his scout, Mark Delpiano, “Have you done any digging on Gagne? I know the Dodgers think he was a steroid guy. Maybe so. What do you hear on his medical?”

      Delpiano replied:

      Some digging on Gagne and steroids IS the issue. Has had a checkered medical past throughout career including minor leagues. Lacks the poise and commitment to stay healthy, maintain body and re invent [sic] self. What made him a tenacious closer was the max effort plus stuff.

      Yet the Sox picked up Gagne from the Texas Rangers at the trade deadline during the 2007 season. What does that say about Epstein’s commitment to a steroid-free championship team?
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      Mitchell, however, did protect the Sox by not talking to Paxton Crawford.

    2. Andrew
      February 29th, 2008 | 12:45 am

      Is that actually what was in the report? Because Theo said he was actually PROUD of his inclusion in the report, saying that it showed he did his ‘due diligence’ on steroids or some bullshit like that.

    3. Rich
      February 29th, 2008 | 1:42 am

      Here it is (page 267):

      http://files.mlb.com/mitchrpt.pdf

      When the Boston Red Sox were considering acquiring Gagné, a Red Sox official made specific inquiries about Gagné’s possible use of steroids. In a November 1, 2006 email to a Red Sox scout, general manager Theo Epstein asked, “Have you done any digging on Gagne? I know the Dodgers think he was a steroid guy. Maybe so. What do you hear on his medical?”425 The scout, Mark Delpiano, responded,

      Some digging on Gagne and steroids IS the issue. Has had a checkered medical past throughout career including minor leagues. Lacks the poise and commitment to stay healthy, maintain body and re invent self. What made him a tenacious closer was the max effort plus stuff . . . Mentality without the plus weapons and without steroid help probably creates a large risk in bounce back durability and ability to throw average while allowing the changeup to play as it once did . . . Personally, durability (or lack of) will follow Gagne . . .426

      In order to provide Gagné with information about these allegations and to give him an opportunity to respond, I asked him to meet with me; he declined.

    4. williamnyy
      February 29th, 2008 | 6:43 am

      Sox hands are clean? Does anyone really believe that? Regardless, if the Astros and Red Sox don’t want Clemens as a member of their alumni, I hope the Yankees agressively claim him.

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