Why? Because he doesn't deserve it, as previously stated-- and other than the fact that they're both men and baseball players Roger Clemens and Cal Ripken can not be compared-- should never again share the same sentence.
I don't know why people think Cal Ripken was an honorary all star back in 2001 because he wasn't. Cal was the leading vote getter at 3b. Tony Gwynn was an honorary all star that year, which is understandable since he had a .338 career lifetime average and it was his last season. It won't be long before Tony's son is smacking the ball around in big league parks just like his dad.
When you are born you are given a ticket to the freak show, I say enjoy the show. - George Carlin
I'll abstain from arguement but I read this on ESPN.com and I thought it was pretty interesting and true. The arguement in the article was not for Clemens, it just used Clemens as an example:
Joe Morgan (a section from his article)
Position Players Shouldn't Vote For Pitchers "In a new twist introduced this year, players voted for the All-Star team reserves (in years past, managers chose the reserves). Fans still picked the starters, as usual.
But I see a problem with player voting -- especially when position players vote for pitchers. Clemens is not popular with many of the batters he faces. A batter who has been plunked or brushed back by Clemens isn't likely to vote for him. Bob Gibson wasn't popular in his day, either. You can be sure hitters wouldn't have voted for him!
In fact, I don't think you could ever get batters to vote for Clemens. He has been an intimidator throughout his career, and that's part of what makes him a great pitcher. Pedro Martinez is similar. After he hit Derek Jeter and Alfonso Soriano recently, do you think any Yankee would vote for him?
I do think that players should have a vote, but only pitchers can vote fairly for other pitchers. Otherwise, leave the selection of pitchers in the hands of the managers. Too much animosity can build up over time in the competition between hitters and pitchers. I could tell you about lots of pitchers I didn't like (but I won't). It's only human nature that this would influence one's judgment in an All-Star voting process.
The All-Star selection process never has been perfect, and with these added features it's still an imperfect system. I can't devise a perfect system, but this one definitely can be improved."
Hyde- I know Ripken was voted as a starter, so I hope you're not trying to include me in the group of people who believe he was a honarly all-star.
to disclaim myself, i'm not a big clemens supporter, if at all. i grow tired of the guy being one of the 'big stars' in the game when he's just a solid upper 1/2 3.75-4 ERA pitcher with a big number of Ks. perhaps i don't have that intrigue with him since i got into baseball in '01, but whatever the case, he's just not all-star quality. i always think that all-stars ideally should be having some kind of a special or just monster season to get elected, not just picking guys perennially because they've amassed 300 career wins. fox had him in all those dumb commercialls with a hard look before the "THIS TIME IT COUNTS" barrage, and i'm so glad that part of their advertising has been foiled by fans and coaches with common sense.