McLane says he would endorse Clemens' presence at spring training
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McLane said Sunday he would welcome Clemens with open arms at spring training in Kissimmee, Fla., if the Rocket chooses to attend camp or decide he wants to work with minor leaguers in the coming weeks.
"Several times in the last few weeks, I've called him, and talked to him very, very briefly," McLane said, according to MLB.com. "I've just given him my encouragement to move through this. In life, everybody experiences difficulty. I wanted him to settle down ... this was the most traumatic few days of his life.
"He knows that we care about him. He might appear out here in a few days."
Clemens' reputation and Hall of Fame candidacy have been at stake since the mid-December release of the Mitchell report. Last week Clemens and his accuser, former personal trainer Brian McNamee, spoke to Congress under oath and stuck to their versions of the he-said, he-said disagreement over whether McNamee injected Clemens with steroids and human growth hormone.
Clemens insisted it never happened. McNamee insisted he did inject Clemens with performance-enhancing drugs.
When Clemens came out of retirement in 2004 to pitch for the Astros, the deal came with a 10-year personal services contract that is supposed to take effect when he retires. Clemens also pitched for Houston in the 2005 and '06 seasons.
But Clemens has yet to say whether he's done pitching in the major leagues for good. Last spring, Clemens helped coach the Astros farmhands in camp. That May, at age 44, he ended up signing a pro-rated contract with the Yankees.
"He's done a lot of good things for us," McLane told MLB.com. "We wouldn't have had some of the successes we've had if Roger Clemens hadn't been an Astro for three years."
CONGRESS CALLS FOR JUSTICE
Perjury Probe• Clemens issues apology for personal 'mistakes'
• Report: Clemens alleged to have had affair
• Republican's report questions if Clemens lied
• Report: Clemens probe expands to Houston clinic
• Congressman asks FBI to drop Clemens inquiry
• FBI opens probe of whether Clemens was truthful
• Congress asks Justice to examine Clemens
• Waxman: Seven contradictions (.pdf)
• Rocket mum on Congress' investigation request
• Text of committee's letter to Justice department
• Fainaru-Wada: Damning analysis on Clemens
• Wojciechowski: Clemens' inconsistent truth
• Poll: Clemens lied, but should be voted into Hall
• Astros owner might reconsider Clemens contract
After The Hearing• Radomski says new HGH receipt found under TV
• Report: Receipts show HGH shipments to Clemens
• U.S. GM: Clemens not welcome on Olympic team
• Judge allows Clemens to keep Hardin in lawsuit
• Lawyer talking with Clemens about dropping suit
• McNamee's attorneys ask judge to remove Hardin
• Investigator wants to talk to Canseco about Clemens
• Report: McNamee selling off signed Clemens items
• McNamee tells students to learn from his mistakes
• Hardin makes case to represent Clemens
• Reports: McNamee faints behind wheel, hits bus
• McNamee's lawyers want Clemens' suit tossed
• Report: McNamee nearly joined Mets as coach
• Report: Photo exists of Clemens at party
• Pettitte reports, apologizes
• Report: Pettitte's HGH provided by ex-classmate
• Posada: 'I believe Rocket' about steroid claims
The Hearing• Transcripts: McNamee attempted to warn Rocket
• Report: Waxman wishes hearings didn't happen
• Parties divide over Clemens' treatment at hearing
• Stark's running blog
• Clemens: Pettitte 'misremembered' him on HGH
• Fish: Clemens' support breaks along party lines
• Fish: Pettitte's role was clincher for Cummings
• Pettitte says he also used HGH in 2004
• Clemens statement: I never took steroids
• McNamee statement: I told truth about Clemens
• Statement on behalf of Andy Pettitte on affadavit
• Debbie Clemens admits HGH use
Analysis• Munson: The Rusty Hardin effect on Rocket's lawsuit
• Wojciechowski: Clemens feeds feds' case
• Fainaru-Wada: Damning analysis on Clemens
• Stark: Pettitte saga doesn't end here
• Wojciechowski: Pettitte deals with past
• Hill: Truth will set Andy free
• Bryant: Clemens blames all but himself
• Wojciechowski: Pettitte speaks loudest
• ESPN experts: Who was more credible?
• Munson Q&A on Wednesday's hearing
• Drehs: Body language breakdown
• Stark: Pettitte's shadow looms large
• Neyer: What matters to Roger is Roger
Video• Complete coverage from the hearings
Committee Depositions/Interviews (pdf)• Andy Pettitte | Brian McNamee
• Roger Clemens | Chuck Knoblauch
• Clemens' nanny
The Mitchell report• Mitchell delivers his report | Read it (pdf)
• Players: Who's named in the report
• Recommendations from the report