PHILADELPHIA, PA – SEPTEMBER 17: Starter Roy Halladay #34 of the Philadelphia Phillies delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Miami Marlins at Citizens Bank Park on September 17, 2013 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

One person who’s not upset that Roger Clemens was not elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame on Wednesday? Former Blue Jays and Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay.

Halladay and Clemens engaged in a contentious back-and-forth Wednesday and Thursday regarding performance-enhancing drugs allegations.

The feud started with an out-of-nowhere Halladay shot at Clemens and Bonds on his Twitter page, followed by some gloating over how popular his anti-steroid take was on social media, including several screenshots of the people who had liked the initial tweet.

Clemens, of course, was accused of using steroids by his former trainer Brian McNamee and named extensively in 2007’s Mitchell Report.

But hours later, after again being rejected by Hall of Fame voters, the Rocket fired back with an allegation against Halladay.

As far as we can tell, this is the first time Halladay has ever been publicly accused of PED use, though it’s worth noting that amphetamines were legal in baseball during the early half of the pitcher’s career until being banned before the 2006 season.

Halladay responded to Clemens on Thursday morning with the type of comeback you use when you’re ready to end the conversation.

Halladay will be eligible for the Hall of Fame ballot in 2019, and the two-time Cy Young winner figures to earn induction, maybe even on the first ballot. Could Halladay’s anti-Bonds-and-Clemens stance be conscious pandering to an anti-steroid voter base, an attempt to position himself as the foil to PED users, or is that too conspiratorial?

Halladay and Clemens were very briefly teammates on the 1998 Blue Jays, for whom Clemens won the AL Cy Young Award and Halladay pitched in two games. That shared experience didn’t seem to produce a lifelong friendship, however, and it seems unlikely the former aces will be invited to each other’s homes for barbecue any time soon.

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