Randy and Alan Hendricks have a very solid baseball agency in Hendricks Sports Management. While they seem to not publicly list their client sheet on their website, they definitely do not hold back from promoting the fact that Roger Clemens is a Hendricks client. And after Clemens has been bashed by his longtime trainer, Brian McNamee, the Hendricks brothers have not backed away from fully representing their most prized client. Instead of letting Clemens’ personal attorney and public relations manager clear up Roger’s name, Randy Hendricks and a couple of associates at the agency have realized their fiduciary duty and done something to help their client in a situation where his name could be tarnished for life.
Earlier this week, the group released an 18,000 word statistical report (click here for the report) in an effort to show that with gained experience and knowledge, Clemens was able to improve his game, and that his strong performance was in no way caused by taking performance enhancers. ESPN relates the report, which contains 38 charts, to a salary arbitration case.
I have two general observations after reading the report.
- The Hendricks team put together an impressive package in a short amount of time. Nice reaction speed.
- However, this report does absolutely nothing to make me think that Clemens is any more innocent than before I downloaded it. It shows that it is possible to be productive as a 40 year old (especially with lower pitch counts), but does not tell me why this means that Clemens’ performance is not related to taking performance enhancers. Just because it is possible to be a stellar 40 year old pitcher (I did not need a report to tell me this) without taking steroids does not mean that Clemens necessarily falls into that category.
I am not quite sure what this report proved other than that Clemens performed really well in his career. But didn’t we all know this anyway?