You can equate 300 wins with 500 HRs. The two were once statistically about the same accomplishment, though pitchers had it harder. To get 300 wins a pitcher had to play on winning teams at least half their career. Many excellent pitcher failed to get 300 wins because they threw for really horrible teams and would constantly miss out on wins due to lack of run support and poor defense while other pitchers who were far less talented would win many more games because they got great run support. Sutton was questionable as a Hall of Famer. No way he'd gotten 300 wins if he'd played for the Indians most of his career not the Dodgers. Others like Perry and Niekro did it as much through longevity as anything else. By pitching into their mid 40s they accumulated 300 wins and close too or more than 300 loses as well.
There was a time not long ago that there was serious doubt anybody would get 300 wins again. Clemens is just one of a few pitchers that are close too or have reached 300 wins in the last decade.
Bond's record is not likely to still be standing by the time, if he is ever eligible for the Hall of Fame. If Baseball had any sense they'd strike down all the steroid induced records by Bonds, Sosa, McGriff, McGwire, Camminitti, Palmiero, etc. It would ban known steroid users like Sosa, Giambi ,Sheffield and of course Bonds.
The 500 HR club is now mostly meaningless. Even 600 HRs means little. Sosa with the help of steroids and corked bats now has 600 HRs. No way Bonds gets his 600th HR without steroids. He'd retired with a little over 500 HRs but been an instant first ballot Hall of Famer without steroids. Sosa doesn't get 300 HRs without steroids and so on. This year alone 4 players started the year with a good chance of hitting their 500th HR. Frank Thomas already did, A-Rod needs about a couple weeks too a month to do it. Many Rameriez will probably hit his 500th near the end of the season and Sheffield early next year. Next year Sheffield might be the only one to do it but there are a few that stand a good chance of hitting thier 500th HR in 09. Carlos Delgado, Chipper Jones and Vlad Guerro being three of the most likely but if Piazza can stay healthy he'll be crossing the 500 HR threshold soon as well. By 2010 at least 2 or 3 more will join the already crowded 500 HR club on top of the 4 getting there this year.
350 wins by contrast is an extroidenary feat. By comparision only Clemens and Maddux are likely to top 350 wins any time soon. It may be at least a decade before any other pitcher does.
It's not a record though. For a pitcher to break the all time wins record today would be beyond amazing. 511 wins is almost inconvievable now. Pitchers don't get as many starts today. They don't stay in games as long as they used too. They throw a wider array of pitches which stress the arm more and make them more likely to be injured. 350 wins today is like hitting 650 HRs. 400 wins today would be like getting 800 HRs. 512 wins would be like hitting 950 HRs. To do that a pitcher would have to be awesome for years on end, rarely having a bad season and playing with winning teams most or all of his career. Though Maddux is likely to pass Clemens in wins before it's said and done. That doesn't dimminish Clemen's accomplisment. Clemmens is 2-4 so far this year and Maddux is 7-7 so far. Clemmens is really showing his age and this should be his last year while Maddux will barring injury almost certainly be back next year and win at least 10 games.
Clemens is 2nd in KOs. An extremely impressive feat even in this day and age where KOs are cheaper than HRs. Johnson will probably be back next year to chase his 300th win. Clemens is probably in his last year so Johnson will probably pass Clemens but 3rd place is some very elite company on the all time KO list. Maddux won't come close, Schilling and Pedro are pretty much done and are very unlikely to challenge either of them. John Smoltz is probably going to DL himself out of Baseball before long. Mussina and Glavine are miles away and both are breaking down. So Clemens will likely be one of the top 3 KO artists in Baseball history for many years to come. That too me speaks more of his accomplishments than his win totals. Clemens, Maddux and Pedro are the only 3 modern pitchers in the top 100 in ERA. That says even more about Clemen's ability.
So Clemen's 350 is not a record. Pitchers tend to get far less press than hitters today. As such you did not see much hype about Clemens. To be honest given the record Bonds is chasing the coverage is pretty ho hum. I personally could care less as I do not recognize Bonds or any other roider's records. They will just be tossed out eventually. That A-Rod is already breathing down Bond's neck and if Griffy got healthy for a few years he too would be right on top of Bonds just makes the "record" Bonds is trying to break pretty boring. I think the press is trying to hype it up but fans are just not buying.