Torre Says Clemens Belongs in Hall of Fame

Joe Torre said Roger Clemens was like a son to him before taking part in Old-Timers' Day at Yankee Stadium on Sunday

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    Manager Joe Torre (L) of the New York Yankees talks with his pitcher Roger Clemens (M). 2001

    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 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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