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Tully Corcoran

Tully Corcoran spent seven years covering the Kansas City Chiefs and Kansas Jayhawks for The Topeka Capital-Journal. His work has been honored multiple times by The Kansas Press Association. He most recently wrote for FOX Sports Houston and FOX Sports Southwest. Follow him on Twitter.

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You’ve never thought of Roger Clemens as a sportswriter, but the legendary pitcher got his first byline Friday in his hometown newspaper, the Houston Chronicle, as he said goodbye to Mariano Rivera.

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Clemens’ lede (that’s how we spell it in the business; don’t ask me why) is an anecdote about handing the ball to Rivera and trusting him to save what would become Clemens’ 300th career win.

”As I leave the mound in front of 50,000 fans, I know that there aren’t too many “for sure” things in this world,” Clemens writes, “but having Mariano Rivera take over for you the last three outs of a Major League game is as close as you are ever going to get.”

The column, if you can call it that, is brief, but it finishes with a self-referential zinger.

”And one last thing, Mo,” Clemens writes. “When you’re sitting at home next May and the Yankees are in need of a closer, remember … anybody can retire once!”

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