Joe Torre says Clemens belongs in Hall of Fame

By Howie Rumberg

Associated Press

Published: Sunday, July 1 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

Former New York Yankees players, including Ron Guidry, third from right, and former Yankees pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre greet former New York Yankees manager Joe Torre, right, during introductions before the Yankees Old Timers Day baseball game at Yankee Stadium in New York, Sunday, July 1, 2012.

Kathy Willens, Associated Press

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NEW YORK — Joe Torre thinks pitcher Roger Clemens belongs in the Hall of Fame even though the seven-time Cy Young Award winner has been connected to performance-enhancing drugs.

Torre said Clemens was like a son to him before the former Yankees manager took part in Old-Timers' Day at the new Yankee Stadium on Sunday.

Clemens played six seasons in New York for Torre, helping the Yankees win two World Series championships. But the 354-game winner was linked to performance-enhancing drugs in 2007, when he was mentioned in the Mitchell Report. Clemens then vehemently disavowed any link to steroids and human growth hormone at a nationally televised congressional hearing in 2008.

He was recently acquitted on all six counts that he lied to Congress during that 2008 session.

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