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'Total Baseball' says Clemens remains tied with Johnson

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© St. Petersburg Times, published April 4, 2001


KINGSTON, N.Y. -- Roger Clemens broke Walter Johnson's American League strikeout record in the Yankees' season opener -- or did he?

Total Baseball, the official chronicle of major-league baseball, gives Johnson 3,509 strikeouts -- one more than the record book has stated for decades -- and remains tied with Clemens.

Other sources, including the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum and the sport's official statisticians at Elias Sports Bureau, list Johnson's career strikeouts at 3,508. That was the number cited at Yankee Stadium during New York's 7-3 victory over Kansas City on Monday.

Rich Levin, baseball's chief spokesman, said Clemens' total was recognized as the record.

Pete Palmer of Total Baseball said the extra strikeout is from 1907, Johnson's rookie season, and said Johnson had 71 that year instead of 70.

"We stand by our figures," said Seymour Siwoff, head of the Elias Sports Bureau. "This is a figure that has been accepted all these years."

FOREIGN PLAYERS INCREASE: More than a quarter of the players on opening day rosters and disabled lists were born outside the United States.

There were 216 players born outside the United States among the 854 players, according to figures released Tuesday by the commissioner's office. Puerto Ricans are included as foreign-born players.

That comes to 25.3 percent, an increase from 23.6 percent last year.

Seventy-nine players were born in the Dominican Republic, 37 in Puerto Rico, 33 in Venezuela, 14 in Mexico, 11 in Canada, 10 in Cuba, nine in Panama, eight in Japan, three each in Australia and Colombia, two each in Nicaragua and Korea, and one each in England, Jamaica, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Aruba and Curacao.

Montreal had 14 players born outside the United States, followed by Kansas City, the Yankees and Philadelphia with 10 each.

BRAVES: Greg Maddux, who missed his scheduled start in Atlanta's season-opening 10-4 victory at Cincinnati because of a sore left foot, expects to start Friday against Florida.

Maddux threw off a mound for about 10 minutes before the home opener against the Mets.

"It felt super," said Maddux, whose left shoe had the leather cut off the top to give his still slightly swollen toe more room. He said the pain "was not too bad."

INDIANS: Outfielder Juan Gonzalez has hired the SFX Baseball Group Inc. as his agents, ending his brief relationship with Scott Boras, who began representing him in October and negotiated his one-year, $10-million contract in January.

PADRES: Right-hander Woody Williams signed a contract extension through the 2002 season. Terms weren't given.

PIRATES: Infielder Mike Benjamin has a sprained ligament in his right elbow and won't throw for six weeks.

RED SOX: The players association filed a grievance seeking to overturn the $97,222 fine the team imposed on Carl Everett.

The next step is for union lawyers and the commissioner's office to meet. The matter then would be turned over to arbitrator Shaym Das.

Boston fined Everett and suspended him from Thursday's spring training game against Minnesota after he failed to take a team bus to Tampa, then was sent home by manager Jimy Williams and skipped practice the next day. In the grievance notice sent to the commissioner's office, the union said the penalties were without just case.

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