June 19, 2021

The Baseball 100: No. 13, Roger Clemens (The Athletic)

Starting in December, Joe Posnanski began counting down the 100 greatest baseball players. Initially, we published one a day to count down to Opening Day — but with the start of the season pushed back, we’ll be counting down the last 13 with three essays per week. In all, this project will contain roughly as many words as “Moby Dick.” Yes, we know it’s nutty. We hope you enjoy.

Roger Clemens once threw a bat at Mike Piazza during a World Series game. It’s true, kids. Well, to be technical, he threw the barrel of Piazza’s bat, which had just shattered on a foul ball. Clemens might not have intended to actually hit Piazza. But what is intention, anyway? He definitely threw it in Piazza’s direction, and he threw it hard — the bat tumbled, end over end, all the way to the dugout — and it came fairly close to getting Piazza.

The thing felt strange and grotesque at the time. But as the years go on, it feels stranger, more grotesque, like: Did that…

Read “The Baseball 100: No. 13, Roger Clemens” at The Athletic