‘The 40/40 Club’ – 1980’s – Card #4
Roger Clemens – 1984 Fleer Update
Undoubtedly the fiercest competitor to debut during the 1980’s, Roger Clemens brought an intensity to the game each and every time he stepped onto the pitching mound.
In 24 years, Roger Clemens showed little signs of slowing down and regressing as a pitcher. His power pitching was on display during his 24th season in the big leagues just as it had been during his rookie season. Sure, the innings were decreased intentionally to save his legs for a playoff push, but that is a natural occurrence with older players.
With 24 years of pitching to his credit, Roger Clemens won 354 games while losing 184. He has 118 complete games and 46 shutouts on is resume as well as a career ERA of 3.12. ‘Rocket’ has pitched over 4900 innings and started 707 total regular season games. He has struck out 4,672 batters which is good for 3rd all time in baseball history.
Roger Clemens has won 18 or more games 10 times during his career. In 6 seasons he has reached the 20-win plateau with the highest single season victory count being 24 in 1986. Rocket has struck out 200 or more batters in 12 of his 24 seasons as a professional baseball player.
Roger Clemens has won the Cy Young Award 7 times. He has finished in the Top 3 three more times. Roger Clemens also won the leagues MVP award in ’86. In what could be considered his finest season, 1986, Clemens went 24-4 while striking out 238 batters and finishing the year with a 2.48 ERA. Rocket was also an 11-time All-star.
Rocket has appeared in 6 World Series contests and has won 2 championships. In 1999 as a member of the New York Yankees, Roger helped the Yankees as he won 1 game for the team while pitching through the first 7 innings and only allowing 1 run. Then in the following year, 2000, he won a second title with the Yankees. In that World Series match-up, Clemens won another game for the team as he pitched 8 strong innings while striking out 9 batters and allowing no runs.