Baseball Blogs Weigh In: Howard, Prince, Konerko

On this date five years ago, Roger Clemens and Greg Maddux faced off in the first matchup of 300-game winners since Don Sutton and Steve Carlton in 1987. Maddux's Cubs topped Clemens' Astros by the score of 3-2.

Let's look at what's being written around the blogosphere, with a heavy dose of Ryan Howard contract reactions…

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5 Comments on "Baseball Blogs Weigh In: Howard, Prince, Konerko"

East Coast Bias
5 years 3 months ago

That is a great article on “the price of greatness” and how much Pujols should make.

5 years 3 months ago

Agreed, especially considering the steroids. And Clemens had been my favorite pitcher…ever.

5 years 3 months ago

Yes, there was justice in the world that day. And considering the Cubs won a game the Roberto Novoa pitched in as well tells you that karma had a lot more to do with that win than the baseball gods did.

5 years 3 months ago

I’d say if we’re talking about whose a better pitcher and not who’s a better thrower, it goes to Maddux. Stats aside, Clemens relied on just overpowering hitters for pretty much his entire career in Boston which yes, led to the infamous “twilight of his career” nonsense. When he went to Toronto and then New York, he had lost that velocity and had to get a larger arsenal of pitches and work on location. He BECAME a better pitcher, but still spent the major part of his career as a fireballer.

5 years 3 months ago

Well, what Maddux accomplished is amazing. What Clemens accomplished is debatable. Remember, Boston let him go, rightly or wrongly, because they felt he was on the downside of his career and then Clemens immediately went to Toronto and transformed himself into a great pitcher again, and we know how he did it. Would Clemens have any career statistical leads on Maddux had he not been on the sauce? Aside from that, given the frames of both pitchers I think it’s that much more amazing what Maddux accomplished, he dominated with intelligence while Clemens had a natural advantage or raw power. It was good for him while it lasted and he had to cheat to get it back. I love Maddux so I’m biased here, but I’d go with him every time over Clemens.