Well after being found not guilty whatever you believe in his trial for HGH recently, Roger Clemens has decided to come back to baseball not as a coach or player just yet, but as a 50 year old pitcher.
Only someone with Roger Clemens ego and talent. No it’s not the major leagues just yet, but that might not be far behind. Clemens has signed with the Sugarland Skeeters, an independent minor leaqgue baeball team in the Atlantic League. And Clemens is slated to have his first start Saturday at home vs Bridgeport.
So we’ll see what happens and will Roger Clemens end up back in the major leagues possibly with the Houston Astros who he pitched for from 2004-2006. I saw him pitch in a game vs the Brewers in Houston in 2006. Clemens pitched 7 scoreless innings in a game the Astros won 1-0. Rocket Man, by Elton John his theme song, blared over the intercom. He last pitched in the majors in a second stint with the Yankees in 2007. Clemens has over 350 victories and you wonder why he wants to pitch again.
His Hall of Fame Induction would come up next summer, but that is clouded by his HGH controversy. And if he does pitch in the majors that would delay that vote another 5 years. Shrwed move by him, but it’s hard to see when the Barry Bonds, Mark McGuire, Sammy Sosa, Rafael Palmeiro and Clemens Steroids and HGH group will get in the Hall of Fame. I’m sure they’ll all get in before Pete Rose who just gambled.
And on Wednesday Oakland A’s pitcher Bartolo Colon was suspended 50 games for HGH use a week after the SF Giants Melky Cabrera was suspended 50 games for the same thing. So the HGH problem isn’t going away just yet.
Finally a sad note. Our hearts and prayers go out to Elizabeth “Sportsblogger” Chapman who’s father in law passed away this morning. Our thoughts are with you Beth and your family in this tough time.
RIP to your father in law Beth. Also Happy Anniversary to my late maternal grandparents Betty and Vernon “Bim” Youngdahl who were married 71 years ago today August 23, 1941. We miss you always.
Best wishes, take care and talk soon. Bratman