Roger Clemens Back in Baseball?
Seven-time Cy Young Award winner Roger Clemens is headed back to professional baseball as he has agreed to pitch for the Sugar Land Skeeters of the independent Atlantic League.
Clemens will take the starting mound for the Skeeters Saturday night.
The 50-year old right-hander was acquitted in June of charges he lied to Congress when he denied using performance-enhancing drugs. He hasn’t pitched since 2007 for the Yankees.
“It is a fun, local, one-time kind of thing,” Clemens’ longtime agent Randy Hendricks told the Houston Chronicle. “Roger and (Skeeters manager) Gary Gaetti have been talking about this for months.”
Clemens threw a bullpen session Monday for Astros bullpen catch Javier Bracamonte.
“He threw 87 mph today with all four pitches working,” Hendricks said. “So he looks good to go on Saturday night.”
Clemens is to appear on the Hall of Fame ballot going to voters late this year, but if he appeared in a major league game his Hall consideration would be pushed back five years.