Michael Attanasio, co-counsel for Clemens in the case, criticized those writers who he said already have indicated they would substitute their judgment for that of the jury.
“For them to say, ‘He’s not getting into the Hall of Fame because I know he did it’?” Attanasio said. “I think that’s shameful.”
Rusty Hardin, the lead counsel for Clemens, said he would consider sending voters a briefing book on the trial.
“I would think that if a baseball writer really wanted conscientiously to cast a vote on one of the greatest pitchers of all time, go look at the evidence,” Hardin said. “See, after you read it, why the jury did it. It wasn’t a crazy jury.”
...Attanasio suggested the pitcher’s willingness to risk his freedom to convince a jury he did not cheat spoke eloquently to his integrity, sportsmanship and character.
“That absolutely should go to his credit, in terms of that clause and the vote,” Attanasio said. “It’s a little sanctimonious to hear writers talk about it, given that [admitted spitballer] Gaylord Perry is in the Hall of Fame.
“But to think Roger shouldn’t be in because of what Brian McNamee said is insane.”
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