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Kevin Millar on MFB: Roger Clemens should be in Hall of Fame

08.15.14 at 1:00 pm ET
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Former Red Sox first baseman Kevin Millar joined Middays with MFB to discuss Roger Clemens‘ Hall of Fame candidacy and Rob Manfred being elected commissioner. To hear the interview, go to the MFB audio on demand page.

The Red Sox inducted Clemens, Pedro MartinezNomar Garciaparra and Joe Castiglione into the team’s Hall of Fame Thursday. The induction of Clemens sparked debate over whether or not he deserves to be in the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame despite his link to performance-enhancing drugs.

Millar is one of those who would like to see Clemens inducted in Cooperstown.

“I think the Hall of Fame is a museum,” Millar said. “At the end of the day I want to take my kids to a museum and show them [Barry Bonds] and Clemens and [Sammy Sosa] and [Mark McGwire].

“Who knows is the ultimate question. We can assume, but at the end of the day nobody knows and it’s one of those places where we’re trying to say, ‘Who morally did right?’ There’s guys in there that drank alcohol, that did other things that are in the Hall of Fame. I don’t know.”

He added: “In my opinion, I just want to take my kids and show them the best players of our generation. That was an era that we lived in and there’s questions. If you want to put an asterisk, fine. But my goodness gracious, there’s some great players there, whether there’s questions or not, it’s a museum and I want to take my kids there to show them.”

Red Sox president Larry Lucchino was hesitant to say whether or not he believes former Sox slugger Manny Ramirez deserves to make the team’s Hall of Fame when asked about it on Dennis & Callahan Friday morning. Millar, on the other hand, thinks Ramirez is deserves to be in both the team Hall of Fame and Cooperstown despite the sour end to his tenure in Boston.

“Like Pete Rose, why isn’t he in the Hall of Fame? I get that he gambled on baseball and made a bad decision, made a bad choice, but he’s the all-time hits leader,” Millar said. “I want to take my kid and show him Pete Rose. Manny Ramirez, I’m sorry, I didn’t say he was normal, I didn’t say he’s not bipolar at times and doesn’t want to be traded at every second.

“At the end of the day he hit 40 [home runs] and drove in 130. He made the game look easy. He best right-handed hitter I’ve ever been around. So yeah, he’s in the Hall of Fame.”

Manfred was elected as the 10th commissioner in the history of the game Thursday. One of the changes that’s been discussed throughout this process, based on Lucchino’s conversation with D&C, is finding ways to quicken the pace of games, which could include the installation of a pitch clock.

“I think that’s the million dollar question: how do we speed up the game?” Millar said. “I don’t know what the correct answer is. I don’t know if you put a clock on the pitch as soon as it hits the catcher’s glove. I don’t know if you make the batter stay in the box with one foot, instead of being able to walk around and adjust the batting gloves and look up in the stands, talk to whoever.

“There’s all kinds of ways, there’s all kinds of ideas, but I just think — listen, Rob Manfred, tremendous guy to be in there — there are some decisions that are going to have to be addressed. … I do think speeding up the game is going to be a factor. It’s just how do you do that?”

The Sox have won four in a row and five of their last six games, thanks largely in part to an offensive resurgence led by the newly acquired Yoenis Cespedes.

“I don’t think they’re better, I just think their lineup is much better,” he said. “You added Cespedes, you added Allen Craig even though he’s been hurt. You have a different vibe. Your lineup offensively wasn’t very good, isn’t very good.

“You’ve got to hit. It’s the American League East. … I think the Red Sox look better as an offensive club, but they’re going to have to address their pitching situation.”

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