Originally posted on Full Spectrum Baseball  |  Last updated 6/26/12

So, Roger Clemens was cleared of all charges…again. What happens now? Well, he should never make it to Cooperstown. That is according to Hall of Famer, and fellow Yankee icon, Rich “Goose” Gossage. On Thursday, during a radio interview with ESPN New York 98.7, Gossage claims that he believes Clemens lied about his steroid use. He came right out and labeled the seven-time Cy Young Award winner as a cheater unworthy of the Hall of Fame.

“Are we going to reward these guys for cheating?” Gossage asked hosts Michael Kay and Don La Greca. “Even though he was found innocent, it was because of the bad testimony. No one believed (Brian) McNamee and (Andy) Pettitte kind of changed his thing, ‘Did I really hear what he told me.’ ” At this point, Clemens has yet to respond to Gossage’s comments.

I, like Gossage, am not convinced of Clemens’ innocence. Gossage though compared the trial’s outcome to the controversial 1995 verdict in the O.J. Simpson murder trial. “O.J. Simpson, did you believe he didn’t kill those two people?” Gossage said Thursday. As much as I understand Gossage’s sentiment, that statement was a bit of a jump, admittedly.

Gossage went on to address icons of the era like Barry Bonds and Mark McGwire. “Mark was a great teammate. I couldn’t have asked for a better teammate when I played out in Oakland.” This made me start to think about the anonymous 2003 player survey. Gossage wants Congress to release the list of 104 names from the anonymous survey. I agree. Although it would break civil liberty rights, I think it’s time to find out who used steroids and who didn’t during the anonymous testing period.

As much as I love to use Alex Rodriguez as a whipping boy for all that is wrong in baseball, why should he be the only one taking the fall?

Gossage goes on to discuss Jose Canseco, who he shared an adjacent locker with while in Oakland. “Like him or not, he is telling the truth. These guys lie, lie, lie and lie. Roger, I think, is in the same boat. I think there is validity to him using.”

Gossage remembers sitting around the bullpen with fellow Hall of Famer Dennis Eckersley as they watched McGwire and Canseco take batting practice in 1993. “We used to look at each other and say, ‘what the (heck) is going on here?’” For Gossage “There is no place for (cheaters) in the Hall of Fame.”

With all this said, Gossage admitted that he might have crumbled under the pressure to use performance-enhancing drugs if he pitched an era later than he did. “The peer pressure is what is so dangerous about steroids. It is affecting our kids in high school and into college.”

Ultimately though, I share Gossage’s opinion on PED’s. “These things are bad for you and they have got to get rid of them. If you are lying, shame on you.”

Clemens was acquitted Monday on all charges that he obstructed and lied to Congress in denying he used performance-enhancing drugs. The verdict however has not settled the matter as to whether Clemens cheated in the latter stages of his career. The proof will be in the pudding this fall. That is when Clemens’ name will appear on the Hall of Fame ballot for the first time.

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