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Roger Clemens

Jeff Schultz: John Smoltz did it right and did it clean

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. We have been conditioned in sports to celebrate the biggest, the strongest, the fastest. But they can't touch the champions who seemingly weren't born to run through walls. Special admiration should be reserved for: The pitcher who somehow squeezes a 22-year, Cy Young-punctuated career out of a right limb that has endured five surgeries, including Tommy John (before it was really cool) ... the guy who transitions from starter to closer when it appears his career might be over and then, as if to prove everybody else an idiot again, manages to transition back to starter ... the pro athlete who turns down more money in free agency because he wants to stay home and...