The Case of Halladay v. Clemens on Twitter
Just in case you missed it, there were athletes fighting on Twitter – well, kind of – and no it did not have anything to do with Curt Schilling making some asinine statement about “disproving evolution” (do NOT listen to him! Talk about crazy!).
No, this little battle was between former pitchers Roy Halladay and Roger Clemens, who were once teammates on the Toronto Blue Jays when Halladay was just coming up in the league. Both are Hall of Fame caliber pitchers, however, Halladay who retired in 2013 isn’t on the ballot yet.
Clemens, however, is on the ballot and would already have been voted into the Hall of Fame but he was mentioned in the Mitchell Report back in 2007 for allegedly having used PEDs during his career. Clemens was later tried for perjury for lying to Congress over the matter but was acquitted of the charges by a jury.
Anyway, back to Twitter. Halladay began the now labeled “fued” with this tweet (one I happened to have retweeted):
When you use PEDs you admit your not good enough to compete fairly! Our nations past time should have higher standards! No Clemens no Bonds!
— Roy Halladay (@RoyHalladay) January 6, 2016
He was retweeted and supported but much of the baseball community: writers, agents, other players and by many fans. Former Oakland A’s pitcher Mark Mulder was retweeted by Halladay:
Can’t say it any better https://t.co/aR0wtZyGBU
— Mark Mulder (@markmulder20) January 6, 2016
Roger Clemens spoke out on Twitter, although he didn’t use his own account. He spoke to KRIV-TV, a Houston Fox affiliate, who tweeted the statement:
— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) January 7, 2016
Clearly he was unhappy with Halladay and accused him of using amphetamines. Personally I have never heard this and it sounds like a rather baseless claim. Amphetamines are now banned by baseball except when being prescribed by a doctor to help with disorders like ADHD. Whether or not Halladay ever took amphetamines, it is not clear if they were illegal in MLB during the time Clemens is referring to.
Clemens’ alleged indiscretions involved using anabolic steroids and those were illegal at the time in MLB. Clemen’s gained a bit in the latest Hall of Fame vote those results were announced Wednesday, but not enough so that most analysts predict he will not get the 75% of the vote required for induction before his 10 years on the ballot are up.
Halladay tweeted this Thursday in response:
I’ll let my reputation speak for itself
— Roy Halladay (@RoyHalladay) January 7, 2016
Baseball insider for CBS Sports, Jon Heyman, clearly agreed with Halladay – his tweet is currently pinned at the top of Halladay’s page:
clemens’ reputation speaks for itself too. thats why RC is not close to the hall after 4 tries. https://t.co/EnrJm0zxiV
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) January 7, 2016
Clemen’s thanks his supporters on his own Twitter account but clearly this round goes to Roy Halladay.