Clark’s PED accusations ‘ moronic,’ says Verlander
97, 98, 100 miles an hour from the first inning to the ninth inning,” Clark said on the air Thursday, according to this article in the St.
“He got that big contract, now he can barely reach 92, 93. What happened to it? He has no arm problems, nothing’s wrong. It’s just the signs are there.
“The greed... they juice up, they grab the money and it’s just a free pass to steal is the way I look at it.”
To which Verlander responded, “There is no merit in what he is talking about.
“He’s not watching me pitch. Because if did he would’ve seen my last start, right? He’s saying I’m struggling to hit 93, 94? I averaged 97 and hit a 100 in my last start. So clearly he doesn’t know what he’s talking about.”
Verlander said he was upset and trying to bite his tongue. When asked if he thought about filing a formal complaint or discussing the matter with his attorney, he declined to say whether he had considered this.
“I don’t really want to get into that with you guys,” he said.
Nor did he want to say much about Rodriguez’s return to the Bronx, though he did sympathize with Evan Longoria, the Tampa Rays third baseman who said Rodriguez’s appeal wasn’t fair to the teams competing in the American League East.
“I could see that,” Verlander said of Longoria’s viewpoint.
When given the chance to elaborate, Verlander politely declined.
“I said my piece,” he said, before shifting his attention back to what Clark said.
“It’s just troublesome that in this day and age, with no merit or anything, somebody can just throw a name ( around) just because he feels like, in his opinion, I’m having a down year cause I’ve lost velocity which clearly wasn’t the case,” Verlander said. “Then all of a sudden I’m having to deal with this just because I have a big name.”
‘ It’s moronic. Look at the source. It’s moronic to talk about something you know nothing about and clearly ... he’s not watching’
— Detroit Free Press
Detroit’s Justin Verlander says he hit 100 m. p. h.
in his last start.