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Heyman | How McNamee will get to Cooperstown before Clemens

Jon Heyman



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Brian McNamee, the former trainer of Roger Clemens and Andy Pettitte who admitted supplying steroids to Clemens, is playing baseball for an adult team — the Long Island Tides — in Cooperstown this week, and McNamee saw the irony in the location of the game.

“I always said I’d get there before Clemens,” McNamee said.

McNamee is recalled for admitting he procured the PEDs when questioned by the federal government, and gained a measure of unwanted fame after he made the Mitchell Report by cooperating with Major League Baseball.

He is busy on Long Island training mostly regular people and a few kids in college with big-league dreams. He’s also a spokesman for the American Nutrition Store in Everett, Mass., the energy drink SEX (which stands for Strength, Endurance and Acceleration) and Cardillo weight belts.

He generally lays low except for the occasional media appearance where he tells the truth about steroids, MLB and his involvement. He has one other goal.

“I want to mend some broken fences and bridges, and am trying to move forward every day,” McNamee said. (He hasn’t been in touch with either of his two most famous clients, though, so he is speaking of other bridges.)

When Clemens publicly disputed McNamee’s story, the pitcher was tried for perjury, but acquitted when McNamee’s credibility was challenged. With a preponderance of evidence supporting McNamee (even if a jury wouldn’t convict the all-time great pitcher), though, Clemens’ insurer agreed to pay a significant settlement for the pitcher for defaming McNamee (the trainer is prevented from saying how much he received, but part of it went to a trust for his kids, he said).

He also doesn’t relish the idea of Clemens getting into the Hall of Fame someday (he is slowly trending upward, though time is running out; he reached 57.3 percent in the most recent vote, his sixth on the ballot), though McNamee hasn’t campaigned against him. In any case, McNamee is technically correct that he will get to the idyllic upstate New York hamlet (with the over-45 Tides, which plays a regular schedule of games) before his former client, the seven-time Cy Young winner.

Jon Heyman is an MLB Insider for FanRag Sports, featuring breaking news, information and his Inside Baseball column, which appears on every Thursday. Heyman also has been an insider at MLB Network since the channel launched in 2009 and is a regular contributor to WFAN in New York, where he appears weekly on the Joe and Evan Show and previously appeared on the Mike and the Mad Dog Show. He also appears on WSCR in Chicago, WBZ-FM in Boston and the Petros and Money Show on Fox in Los Angeles. Heyman comes to FanRag Sports from, where he worked for five years and wrote the popular Inside Baseball notes column. Before going to CBS, Heyman worked for five years at Sports Illustrated and, where he was a senior writer and started an Inside Baseball Column. Heyman worked for 16 years at Newsday in New York, where he was the Yankees beat writer, a baseball columnist and finally a general sports columnist. Heyman started his career at the Moline (Ill.) Daily Dispatch, then moved to the Los Angeles Copley Newspapers (Torrance Daily Breeze and Santa Monica Outlook) before going to Newsday. Heyman at one time also served as a national baseball writer for The Sporting News. Heyman is a graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. The Santa Fe, N.M. native grew up in Cedarhurst, N.Y., on Long Island.

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