Coming Out of Left Field

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Baseball quote of the day

"The fact of the matter is Roger's 43 years old ... we're not talking about somebody in the middle of a great career. We're talking about somebody who's at the end of a great career."

Houston Astros general manager Tim Purpura, discussing the team's decision not to offer salary arbitration to Roger Clemens. The seven-time Cy Young Winner, who is still deciding whether to retire (for the second time), now cannot resign with the team until May 1.

The last time someone mentioned that the pitcher was approaching the "twilight of his career" was in 1996. Since then, Clemens has won three Cy Young Awards and has been part of two World Series teams. Meanwhile, the man who made that quote, Dan Duquette, was fired by the Red Sox in 2002, and is now running a sports academy. Maybe he should make room for Purpura on the staff.

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