BOSTON — Roger Clemens was suspended for the first five games of next season and fined $10,000 today for behavior which led to the Boston pitcher's ejection from the last game of the American League playoffs.
The penalty announced by AL President Bobby Brown will force the Red Sox star to miss one start. It comes a week after he earned a $125,000 bonus provided in his contract for finishing second in the AL Cy Young Award voting.
Although Clemens can appeal, Red Sox General Manager Lou Gorman said: "Dr. Brown's statement and subsequent fine and suspension of Roger Clemens speaks for itself. Although we are not in agreement with the severity of the league's action, we are satisfied that the issue has been addressed."
Clemens was ejected by plate umpire Terry Cooney in the second inning of Oakland's 3-1 victory that completed the A's four-game sweep Oct. 10.