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UPDATE: Pirates minor leaguer suspended 68 games for HGH

Aug 18, 2014, 8:01 PM EDT

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UPDATE: Shaikin adds that Clemens was suspended based on a “non-analytical” violation, which is the same situation we saw with the 14 suspensions from the Biogenesis scandal last year. The evidence could include things like documents, clinic records and shipping information.

8:01 p.m. ET: According to Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times, Pirates minor league right-hander Michael Clemens has been suspended 68 games for “possession and use” of human growth hormone.

Clemens, 21, was selected in the 16th round out of a McNeese State University back in June. He had a 1.00 ERA and 20/5 K/BB ratio over his first 18 professional innings as a reliever with the Pirates’ rookie ball team in Bristol, Virginia.

Why 68 games? Danny Wild of provides the explanation:

Under the rules of the new Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program for Rookie and Short-Season leagues, a first violation receives a discipline of 80 games or the total number of regular-season games in the league, whichever is shorter.

And so, Clemens’ first pro season ends on a sour note and the suspension will roll over into 2015.

  1. sabatimus - Aug 18, 2014 at 8:43 PM

    Any relation?

    • proudlycanadian - Aug 18, 2014 at 8:51 PM

      All of Roidger’s children have names that begin with K.

      • mclemensppirate22 - Sep 29, 2014 at 6:27 AM

        yea all his “Sons” names begin with K

    • renaado - Aug 18, 2014 at 8:51 PM

      Paul Clemens? Roger Clemens?

      Crap… That’s all the Clemens I know about…

      • Cris E - Aug 19, 2014 at 4:56 PM


    • slappymcknucklepunch - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:06 PM

      Did’nt he name all his offspring “K” something?

      He made the Sox HOF a few days ago,which I guess I really dont have a problemn with as he was pretty awesome until his last year.He pitched to enhanced hitters who hit to enhanced fielders who backed up enhanced pitchers.

      Him, Bonds,McGwire,Even Palmiero(3’000 + 500)deserves it.It happened.We have no way of knowing who did what when,but DAMN that was great baseball.

      After that, lets open the floodgates for Piazza,Bagwell,Biggio,etc.

      Jeter played against the SAME competition.Why is he “a no doubt first ballot HOF” but guys like the ones listed above are to be left off the ballot who did the same or better than him?

      As much as I love tweaking(origanally wrote twerking..tee hee)Bronx fans,Derrick deserves to go in.So does everyone from his era.Some of them are actually better.Not trying to be anti-Jeter,just trying to be pro awesome baseball.

      • Kevin S. - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:37 PM

        “as he was pretty awesome until his last year.”

        I’m sorry, can we stop repeating this nonsense? Roger Clemens in 1996: Second in strikeouts, third in strikeout percentage, seventh in innings pitched, ninth in Adjusted ERA+, ninth in FIP, second in pitchers’ fWAR, third in pitchers’ rWAR… but tied for sixty-sixth in wins, tied for eighteenth (most) in losses, twenty-third in raw ERA. We know better now.

      • slappymcknucklepunch - Aug 18, 2014 at 10:32 PM

        @ Kevin S

        You have no idea how the media portrayed him during that time unless you were here.He was in the”twilight of his career” according to EVERYONE nationwide and especially in Boson.While I understand why you would gigalo-shame us(for Histerio) on this to us,it felt liked he WANTED to get out.and the BJ years kinda made us hate him even more.

        It was only after we got Friggan Bill James did we realise just how great you have mentioned he really was.We get it,but he became a mercenary,And I am willing to bet that, that caused him be a “mercenary”Suddenly he found that he could work a 1/2 year and make double what pitchers of his like would make.

        Clemons is an all time great,but He an most others will get screwed in the HOF voting.

      • Kevin S. - Aug 18, 2014 at 10:51 PM

        I’m not arguing with how he was portrayed (hence “we know better now“), and from what I understand there certainly were questions about his fitness and how he would perform going forward, but 1996 certainly qualifies as an awesome season, and I just get frustrated when people still by the prevailing wisdom that was based on 10-13 and an abnormally-high run environment.

      • slappymcknucklepunch - Aug 18, 2014 at 11:53 PM

        @Kevin S

        I concur,You are of course right,I was kinda arguing semantics.You are right.

      • thatsnuckinfuts - Aug 19, 2014 at 2:31 AM

        Another tools that makes the assumption that all players used steroids, therefore it’s an even field.

    • mclemensppirate22 - Sep 29, 2014 at 6:29 AM

      just Coincidence (;?

    • mclemensppirate22 - Sep 29, 2014 at 6:30 AM

      Keep Guessing

  2. blogtendi - Aug 18, 2014 at 8:59 PM

    Reblogged this on BLOGTENDI.

    • slappymcknucklepunch - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:13 PM

      But did you add a comment?

      • slappymcknucklepunch - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:25 PM

        Out of work 2 hours early as I multi-tasked like a bastard.Whom am I arguing with tonight?

        Drinking Stella and want to talk and read interesting comments.

        Love you guys and girls.Especially you Histerio.Are you scared yet?Let me know what you think of Detroit now.

        Blacksables,I hope something interests you tonight.

        Old Gater,Are you up?

        Tbutter.I have a feeling you are up for mischief.

        Indaburg,NatstownGreg? Anybody?

  3. proudlycanadian - Aug 18, 2014 at 8:59 PM

    Michael Clemens was originally from Syracuse NY. He appears to be 6 foot four weighing 220. It is hard to believe that a kid that size would have a legitimate need for Human Growth Hormone

    • slappymcknucklepunch - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:55 PM


      Really? Are you are really going with “steroids make you super-human”gambit?I thought Paperlions and your own fellow laundry rooter Cur68 put that tired myth to rest.At least they provided the links to make your own informed opinion on it.I read them and I decided who cares who did what,it was only illegal in the US,where most of the abuse came from was in South America and as I stated earlier(perhaps a week ago)that was the only way off the Island.

      McGwire,Bonds etc.. could kill the ball off of steroid pitchers.Are they NOT Hall of Famers?

      They may have broken US laws,but they did not break any laws from thier own country(Sosa ,Papi etc)I.Or MLB laws at that time.Let it go.If only there was a song I could inbed.

      • thatsnuckinfuts - Aug 19, 2014 at 2:28 AM

        MLB Laws? PED’s have been banned in MLB since the 70’s

      • thatsnuckinfuts - Aug 19, 2014 at 2:32 AM

        WOW You are really are a freakshow, don’t reply to anything please.

      • Paper Lions - Aug 19, 2014 at 9:27 AM

        PEDs were banned by rule, but not in practice…and only amphetamines were banned since 1970, you know, the drugs that sat in candy dishes in every club house that most players took regularly or any time they thought they needed a boost.

        Steroids were not banned at all until they became a scheduled drug in the early 1990s….and weren’t effectively banned until the early 2000s. If Barry Bonds injected steroids while standing at home plate in 2000, there was nothing MLB could do about it….that isn’t exactly the definition of a “banned” substance.

        ….and he is correct that HGH has no performance enhancing effect on other wise healthy adults. Your body already makes as much HGH as it can effectively use. Exogenous HGH has been shown to be a mild performance inhibitor. Athletes that use it should be punished just for being stupid.

  4. quintjs - Aug 18, 2014 at 10:30 PM

    What does it say about baseball that the punishment is whatever is shorter…

    • raysfan1 - Aug 18, 2014 at 10:42 PM

      It says that if the player is in a minor league whose season is shorter than 80 games, then a first offense essentially gets a one-year suspension.

    • slappymcknucklepunch - Aug 18, 2014 at 10:52 PM

      What does it say about football that you can KO your old lady in the elevator in the NFL and only get 2 games,but you smoke the bud you get suspendesd for a year?

      Until you figure out your can kindly Fuc& off from this thread and this website.

      Choose your battles wiser Dude-Bro.Until the I will Ice bro you.

      • slappymcknucklepunch - Aug 19, 2014 at 12:00 AM


        I am sorry.That was very dickesh of me and I call out other people for the same type of B.S. all the time.Your opinion is just as valid as mine if not more so.Just remember that MLB testing is less of a joke than the NFL’s is what I meant.

        Again sorry,no joke.

      • Paper Lions - Aug 19, 2014 at 9:28 AM

        What does it say about MLB that you can drive drunk and threaten to kill people at a bar and offer a swig from your 5th to the officers that find you on the side of the road and get a suspension of 0 games?

  5. thatsnuckinfuts - Aug 19, 2014 at 2:26 AM

    17th round, not 16th

  6. mclemensppirate22 - Sep 29, 2014 at 6:22 AM

    Opinions are like yesterday’s, everyone has one. The fact of the matter remains, Michael Clemens JUST turned 21 years old, and regardless if the boy has any correlation to ROGER Clemens or not, its HUMAN Nature to want to be the best… I mean its not like he got a suspension for smoking Crack or Meth. Give the kid a break for the love of god. His Roomate went through his personal belongings, took pictures and threatened the farm director to report it to the MLB….. And yes the boy was born in Syracuse, NY but lived in Ashtabula, Ohio for most of his childhood. Proceeded to move to Houston, so everyone out there speculating the relation between the boy and THE Rockett,,Keep Speculating because you will never know!

    P.S. I understand the similarities of the two’s personal life are in sync, Roger Grew up in Ohio, Michael Grew up in Ohio. Rockett power moved to Houston, Michael moved to Houston…. So regardless if his name begins with a K for Rogers cocky ego to name his sons after his strikeouts does NOT mean Michael is associated with the “Rocket Power Family”… maybe he just worked up tail off in an attempt to live up to his name…. I mean lets be honest, Slick Rog has successfully slandered his name in Baseball…… Give the boy a break, he’s human, humans are creatures of error, they are going to make mistakes. Michael Clemens made a mistake and knowing him personally, there is not a day that goes by where he wishes he never attempted to prolong his career in HOPES of one day making it to the Big Leagues…. Sorry, but thats my personal outlook on the situation…..

    But hey, if you want to find him, venture into Memorial, Texas. BBUSA, Houston Gym….. He is out there, and he can give you the details of what exactly happened.
    If you take the time to read this comment, i am forever grateful. B/C at the end of the day, he is a young kid who made a mistake….. Bottom line.

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