Roger Clemens lost something off his fastball in his 40s but still succeeded by pitching smarter, his former manager testified Thursday.
''He continued to have great success, but for different reasons,'' said defense witness Phil Garner, who managed Clemens with the Houston Astros from 2004-2006. ''He didn't just overpower teams; he outsmarted teams ... He wasn't as domineering as he was earlier.''
Clemens is on trial for allegedly lying to Congress in 2008 when he denied using steroids or human growth hormone. Defense lawyers are trying to demonstrate that Clemens used smarts and hard work - not performance-enhancing drugs - to post exceptional numbers at an age when most players are retired.
In Clemens' first year with Houston, in 2004, he won his seventh Cy Young Award and posted an excellent 2.98 earned run average, nearly a full run better than the previous season, though most pitchers making that switch from the American to National league improve their ERAs by some fractio...