Roger Clemens appeared before American League President Bobby Brown yesterday in New York in an effort to overturn his five-game suspension at the start of the season.
Clemens, also fined $10,000 for his actions in Game 4 of the AL playoffs, argued his case along with his agent, Randy Hendricks, and Gene Orza and Michael Weiner of the players association.
"Everybody had a chance to say what was on their mind," Brown said. "We reviewed the tapes and we reviewed the umpires' reports."
Umpires Jim Evans and Terry Cooney attended the 5 1/2-hour hearing, along with umpires lawyer Richie Phillips and AL umpires supervisor Marty Springstead. Team president John Harrington represented the Red Sox.
Brown said the league was able to obtain two tapes of the incident, in which Cooney ejected Clemens after what the umpire said were derogatory comments from the mound. Clemens denies cursing Cooney until after the ejection.
Brown is expected to rule in March.
Baseball Notes: With one day left in the new-look free agency period, five players still were available yesterday, including Detroit pitcher Jack Morris. New-look free agents have until midnight tonight to sign with new clubs or stay with their present teams.
Morris's agent said he was talking with other clubs besides the Tigers. California outfielder Chili Davis and pitchers Juan Berenguer of Minnesota, Dave LaPoint of the New York Yankees and Mike LaCoss of San Francisco also were left from the original 15.
Meanwhile, six players in arbitration agreed to one-year contracts. San Diego infielder-outfielder Bip Roberts quadrupled his salary to $875,000; outfielder John Kruk and Philadelphia agreed to $1,175,000; pitcher Eric Plunk and the Yankees, $950,000; outfielder Dave Martinez and Montreal, $805,000; first baseman Todd Benzinger and Cincinnati, $705,000; and former Orioles infielder Rene Gonzales and Toronto, $306,250.
Also, outfielder Shane Mack, who became a starter with the Minnesota Twins last season, signed a one-year contract, financial terms not disclosed.