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Ed Wade to Roger Clemens: You're Tainted Goods...Too Tainted.

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While perusing MLB Trade Rumors, I came across another one of those non-retirement-retirement statements from Roger Clemens as possible Hot Stove fodder.  Curious about the article and really wanting to put myself in a bind with completing a Money and Banking assignment that's due in 39 minutes at the time of this typing, I read through the article.  I'll include the quote about Roger's not really retiring, but retiring, though I'm leading with Ed Wade distancing himself from the fallen star:

Astros General Manager Ed Wade said utilizing Clemens right now as part of their training process is not on his radar.

"He has a huge amount of knowledge of the game, and at some point in time he will be able to lend that expertise," Wade said.     

"We have a full-time staff that works with our players and if you have confidence in your staff then you oughta let them do the job and not fragment the situation.
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Reading that just made me laugh.  It's about the nicest way you can say to someone, "Listen, you're a great athlete who could be of extraordinary benefit to our young pitchers -- something we could desperately use right now -- but the fact that you paraded your lying, cheating, statutory-raping circus all over the nation's TV screens last winter has forced to say...thanks...but no thanks."  Roger Clemens might be one of the saddest examples of hubris I can think of -- unless Lance Armstrong is somehow definitely proven to have doped his way through seven Tour de France's.

To wrap it up as I now only have 35 minutes to finish this assignment, here's Roger's I'm retiring, but not really going to say it quote:

"Right now I don't have the desire to do so," Clemens said. "I'm enjoying what I'm doing, the number of things I'm doing around town, just enjoying that.

"I don't know if I will ever say no. I would have to know that I could perform at a high level and that my body would be able to hold up."

Give it up.