“He is to me,” former Yankees manager Joe Torre said Sunday afternoon, when asked if Clemens is a hall of famer. “I can’t make other people look at him. I can just tell you the way I feel about it. I was proud to have him play for me. He always gave you everything he had and I always respected that.”
Speaking before Sunday game against the White Sox as part of the Yankees’ 66th annual Old Timer’s Day festivities, Torre vehemently put himself in the camp in favor of sending Clemens to Cooperstown.
...Yet, because of how the cloud of performance-enhancing drug use has now shadowed his career, those numbers are being called into question. Which has turned Clemens from being viewed as one of the most dominant and top pitchers in baseball history, to a virtual pariah in the game.
“Well, I’m a little prejudiced on Clemens,” Torre said. “You know, he was like a son to me. Unfortunately, the question mark is always going to be there with him. It’s something that’s sad for me, because Roger Clemens and the way he went about his business — and I disliked him like everybody else until I got a chance to know him — but he was a great teammate for these guys.”
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