Richard Michael "Goose" Gossage either lacks understanding or simply ignores the fact that
Clemens was charged with lying about using performing-enhancing substances. Since a jury of his peers concluded that Clemens did not lie when he claimed that he never used steroids, individuals that claim Clemens did use steroids choose to ignore the lack of evidence.
Max J. Dickstein of the New York Daily News reported Gossage told ESPN radio that Clemens received a "reward."
So Mr. Gossage's position is that when he and most of the public have concluded that Clemens used performance-enhancing drugs, a jury's decision that contradicts his belief is merely a "reward."
The sometimes outspoken Mr. Gossage wasn't finished. Blasting Clemens was not enough.
The former Chicago White Sox pitcher that was sent to the New York Yankees where he starred as a relief pitcher urged Hall of Fame voters to never, ever elect any player that is merely suspected of being a cheater.
Proof? We don't need any stupid proof. If we suspect, if we allege, why, that's enough.
What is even more bizarre is Mr. Gossage's speculating that if he had played during the steroid-era, he "probably would have" used steroids.
Mr. Gossage retired following the 1994 and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2008. Nineteen-ninety-four was the year there was a strike, wiping out two months of the season and canceling the World Series.
For "some reason," offensive production jumped greatly following the strike. Many players used performance-enhancing substances while those that run baseball ignored the problem.
Now, Mr. Gossage stated he "probably would have" used steroids. He didn't because he retired, but based on his reasoning, that should not matter.
Mr. Gossage admitted that he would have used performance-enhancing drugs. Forget the fact that he didn't. He would have used them.
If Clemens should be kept out of the Hall of Fame despite the lack of proof that he used steroids, the fact that Mr. Gossage didn't use steroids but there is proof that he would have used them is enough to eject him from the Hall of Fame.
See how dangerous not obeying the rules of law can be?