Clemens witnesses: An all-star lineup?

Newsday's Jim Baumbach discussed the Roger Clemens trial on News 12. (July 6, 2011)

WASHINGTON -- Joe Torre, Brian Cashman, David Cone and Jorge Posada headlined the list of prospective witnesses who could be called to testify as part of the perjury trial of Roger Clemens, lawyers told potential jurors Wednesday.

A pool of 50 Washington residents sat across from Clemens inside courtroom 16 of E. Barrett Prettyman Federal Courthouse as prosecutors and defense attorneys unveiled Wednesday the names of those people who could either be called as witnesses or be mentioned during court proceedings.

Clemens, who pitched for the Yankees from 1999 to 2003 and in 2007 during a 24-year career, faces charges of perjury, making false statements and obstruction of Congress related to his denial of performance-enhancing drug use before a congressional hearing three years ago.

The prosecutors' list included former Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte, a close friend of Clemens who says Clemens told him about using human growth hormone in 2001, and Brian McNamee, Clemens' longtime trainer who said in sworn testimony three years ago he injected Clemens with performance-enhancing drugs in 1998, 2000 and 2001.

Cashman, the Yankees' general manager since 1998, was included on the prosecutors' list and, according to court papers filed last week by the defense, is expected to testify about Clemens' role in the Yankees' hiring of McNamee as a strength coach in 2000. The prosecutors' list also included former manager Torre, Posada, longtime trainers Gene Monahan and Steve Donohue, video scout Charlie Wonsowicz and several former Yankees staff members.

Before Wednesday night's Yankees game in Cleveland, Posada was asked if he knew his name came up at the trial.

"Yeah, I'm aware of it," Posada said. "There's not much I can say. I'm a possible witness . . . I don't know if I have to go or not. I don't know what's going to happen from here."

Other former Yankees players mentioned by the prosecutors are Jason Giambi, Chuck Knoblauch, Mike Stanton, Jason Grimsley and Jose Canseco, all of whom were either teammates or workout partners with Clemens at some point in their careers.

The prosecutors' list also featured Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig, who called for former Sen. George Mitchell to author a study on baseball's drug problem. The Mitchell Report is where McNamee's accusations of Clemens' drug use first appeared. They also mentioned former major leaguers Barry Bonds, Rafael Palmeiro, Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa and David Segui. Clemens' attorney, Rusty Hardin, read a list of names that included former Yankees Wade Boggs and Cone.

Before the start of jury selection, U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton decided not to delay the trial because an audio tape of Clemens' deposition before congressional investigators had not been handed over to the defense.

Walton said a delay would be "a tremendous waste of taxpayers' funds," and told the sides to work it out in time for trial.

With Erik Boland

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