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Clemens is no baseball hero

Roger Clemens is a selfish, self-serving liar ("'Trapped' in a pack of lies," April 24). How can it be justified that, in the latter years his career, he suddenly had an incredible amount of success? Blind luck? A relentless training regimen, perhaps? Or maybe it was it the vitamin B12, as Clemens stated his injections contained. Who in their proper mind would inject vitamins?

This is simply a sad case of a man who is desperately trying to cling to his fading hopes of being inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. We simply have a case of a man who has attempted to put himself above the game for the adulation and recognition. His adolescent behavior in itself should preclude him from entry into the hall.

I personally hope his image is never displayed in Cooperstown. It would be a huge detriment to the ethics that Major League Baseball has tried to instill after the dark ages of steroid abuse.

Mr. Clemens and Barry Bonds would have both been no-brainers to enter Cooperstown before they began their steroid usage. But they both wanted to "enhance" their careers by stepping outside the bounds of propriety. They were great players, but they both wanted to go out "on top." By their choices, they shamed themselves and the great game of baseball.

I hope those who vote for induction of players into the Hall of Fame return the favor by snubbing them from entry. They simply do not belong there.

Patrick R. Lynch, Nottingham

Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun
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