Over on his blog, Seth Mnookin wonders why Roger Clemens has not been subject to more scrutiny on the steroid issue, given his appearance in the “Grimsley affadavit,” his changing appearance over the years, and his apparent improvement at a time in his career, much like a certain slugger from San Francisco, when he should be declining.
We’re all for more scrutiny on this issue. He is a marquee player, and to the extent that he is a part of the MLBPA, which has done so much to stonewall progress on testing, he is culpable for the situation, broadly. That said, focus should be on raising the standards of testing now. A witch hunt seems inappropriate. Explanations for Clemens continued excellence are many (his famous work ethic, a move to an inferior league, etc.) and his changing appearance may just be natural aging. The truly sad fact is we’ll never know. Blame MLB and the MLBPA for leaving us with doubts.