Pedro: Clemens, Bonds deserve HOF nod
Updated: August 14, 2014, 1:36 PM ET
By Joe McDonald | ESPNBoston.com
BOSTON — Former Red Sox pitcher and future Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez believes Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds should be in the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Martinez, who has always been outspoken about players accused of using performance-enhancing drugs, was careful when answering the question, but did not shy away from those allegations in regards to Clemens and Bonds.
Courtesy Joe McDonaldPedro Martinez (left, in sunglasses) goofs around by interviewing Roger Clemens (right) as the two were inducted into the Red Sox Hall of Fame on Thursday.
“I think Roger, with all due respect to everybody that votes, I’ll have to say Roger, and Barry Bonds are two guys that I think had enough numbers before anything came out to actually earn a spot in the Hall of Fame,” Martinez said. “I’m not quite sure 100 percent how close they will be before all the things came out, but in my heart, if you asked me before any of that, I would’ve said, ‘Yes, 100 percent’ without looking back.
“It wasn’t just the individual performances, [it was] how they dominated the time that they came up and stayed in the big leagues until those things happened. I believe they have a legit chance, and I think, with time, the voters will take into consideration what they did previously.”
Martinez, along with Clemens, Nomar Garciaparra and broadcaster Joe Castiglione, were inducted Thursday into the Red Sox Hall of Fame.
Clemens, who added he would have changed “nothing” about his career, dismissed any talk about the Hall of Fame, saying it was out of his control.
“I don’t know if it’s that important,” Clemens said. “It’s not going to change me as a person. I tell people I’ve got bits and pieces of us there now. We go visit those people and they’re great to us, but it’s not something I sit up and worry about every day.
“I’m far too busy to worry about something like that. I know what I did in my career and how I did it and I did it right. I can’t control what people think or people that don’t look at facts.”
Clemens, however did say that if he was voted into Cooperstown, that he would wear a Red Sox hat.
“Obviously, it will be Boston because I spent most of my time here,” Clemens said.