NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — With player suspensions connected to the Biogenesis clinic looming — they’re expected to be announced this week — one former player who knows a thing or two about MLB drug investigations doesn’t want to talk about it.
“I’ve got my own feelings on particular people in MLB, you know, how they approached my situation,” former Yankee and seven-time Cy Young Award winner Roger Clemens said in Boston, where he was at Fenway Park to mark the 25th anniversary of manager Joe Morgan’s team that won the 1988 American League East title. “I don’t know about it, and I don’t care about it, to tell you the truth.”
The 11-time All-Star was acquitted last year of federal charges that he lied to Congress when he said he didn’t take steroids or human growth hormone.
Third baseman Alex Rodriguez is expected to face the harshest penalty when Commissioner Bud Selig drops the hammer on those he believes cheated. The Yankees expect him to be accused of recruiting other athletes for the clinic, attempting to obstruct MLB’s investigation and not being truthful with MLB in the past when he discussed his relationship with Dr. Anthony Galea, who pleaded guilty two years ago to a federal charge of bringing unapproved drugs into the United States from Canada.
Clemens and A-Rod were teammates in 2007, when “The Rocket” returned to the Bronx and pitched his final season.
The controversial right-hander had only positive things to say about Rodriguez.
“A-Rod was my teammate in New York, (and) I’m glad he was my teammate,” Clemens said. “I did things to make him feel comfortable. I did that for all of my teammates. I think I was a pretty solid teammate.”
In his first year of eligibility for the Hall of Fame in January, Clemens received just 37.6 percent of the baseball writers’ votes. 75 percent is required for election to the Hall.
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