Joe Posnanski pretty much nails the psychology of Roger Clemens


I’ve spent a lot of time over the past couple of years trying to
parse Roger Clemens’ actions for signs of a strategy. As Joe Posnanski
points out
, however, this may be kind of pointless.

That Roger Clemens could throw a bat directly into the path of Mike
Piazza on national television, during a World Series game, for tens of
millions of people to see, and, instantly and vehemently believe that he
could convince the umpire and everyone else that he didn’t mean it,
might give us just a small peek into the inner workings of the man.

A wise man once said “it’s not a lie if you believe it’.” I think Clemens has been a pretty good example of that over the years.

Mets claim Sam Coonrod off waivers from Phillies

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NEW YORK — The active New York Mets added another newcomer to their bullpen mix when they claimed reliever Sam Coonrod off waivers from the NL East rival Philadelphia Phillies.

Coonrod had a 7.82 ERA in 12 appearances covering 12 2/3 innings last year for the National League champions. The right-hander is 7-5 with a 5.27 ERA and five saves in 105 games over four major league seasons with San Francisco and Philadelphia. He has struck out 95 and walked 44 in 97 1/3 innings.

The 30-year-old Coonrod was designated for assignment by the Phillies last week when they signed free agent infielder Josh Harrison.

To make room on the 40-man roster, outfielder Khalil Lee was designated for assignment by the Mets.