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Mattingly considers Clemens trial waste of money

8:47 PM, Jun 19, 2012   |    comments
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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Don Mattingly says he considers the five-year congressional investigation into pitcher Roger Clemens a humongous waste of resources and money.

Clemens was acquitted Monday on all six counts that he lied to Congress when he denied using performance-enhancing drugs.

Mattingly hopes Major League Baseball is finally beginning to move forward from the Steroids Era thanks to improved testing and stiffer penalties for those who fail drug tests.

Mattingly, now manager of the Dodgers, played against Clemens for more than a decade while with the Yankees early in the pitcher's career with the rival Boston Red Sox.

Mattingly specifically mentioned Tuesday how many teachers around the country can't even afford to buy sufficient supplies, while the government spends money investigating superstar athletes such as Clemens, Barry Bonds and cyclist Lance Armstrong.

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