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December 13, 2007 at 9:24 AM

Clemens sees name surface

The first supposed leaks are out in the Mitchell Report and Roger Clemens is said by ESPN to have had his name included. This story says that Clemens received steroids from his personal trainer, Brian McNamee, while with the New York Yankees. McNamee is said to have told this to investigators.
McNamee and Clemens first hooked up in Toronto in 1998, the second year Clemens was with the Blue Jays and the first season for the trainer. Jose Canseco was also in his first and only year with the club that season. I got to know McNamee a little bit, had a drink with him at a hotel bar once or twice over the years, including when he’d left to go to the Yankees. The former NYPD cop was very popular with the Blue Jays players. Apparently, he was beloved by Clemens, who brought him over to New York as his personal fitness guru after he was traded by the Jays in early 1999.
If this story is true, it might put a different spin on how folks view Clemens and his career resurrection after he left the Boston Red Sox for Toronto in 1997. It will be interesting to see whether he receives the “Bonds Treatment” and has folks calmoring for an asterix beside all of those Cy Young Awards he won from 1997 onward. The person who will feel most vindicated if Clemens is in the report? Former Red Sox GM Dan Duquette, villified in Boston for letting a washed-up looking Clemens go.
Anyway, it would appear the Clemens story since 1997 is about to become less Cinderella Man and more Alice in Wonderland. Let’s see. No Mariners names yet, but I have little doubt we’ll see a few.

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