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Deberg_1990
08-21-2012, 08:34 AM
:facepalm:




http://www.foxnews.com/sports/2012/08/21/roger-clemens-returning-to-baseball592851/



When Roger Clemens pitches Saturday night for the Sugar Land Skeeters it will be the first time the 50-year-old has taken the mound in almost five years.

Will he still be the Rocket who intimidated hitters in the majors for more than 20 years? Or will his extended absence and age leave him struggling against players less skilled than the ones he used to face?

Clemens signed with the Skeeters of the independent Atlantic League on Monday and he is expected to start for the minor league team on Saturday at home against Bridgeport.

"His fastball was clocked at 87 mph. All of his pitches were working," said Randy Hendricks, Clemens' agent. "He threw a three-inning simulated game after an extensive workout warmup."

Clemens and Skeeters manager Gary Gaetti have been talking about this "for months," Hendricks said. Clemens is expected to discuss his decision Tuesday during a news conference in Sugar Land, about 20 miles southwest of Houston.

His signing has some wondering if it is the first step in a return to the majors.

Minnesota Twins manager and fellow Texas Longhorn Ron Gardenhire cracked a joke when asked about Clemens on Monday.

"I'll take that Longhorn any day. I don't know all the rules, but I'll be tampering: We do have a spot, right?" Gardenhire said, chuckling.

Clemens, acquitted in June of charges he lied to Congress when he denied using performance-enhancing drugs, hasn't played for a team since pitching for the New York Yankees in 2007 at the age of 45. He went 6-6 in 18 games with a 4.18 ERA that season.

Texas Rangers pitcher Roy Oswalt, a former teammate of Clemens with the Astros, is excited about his friend's return to baseball.

"I think he's going to show everybody that all that stuff that he had to go through had nothing to do with the success he had in the big leagues," Oswalt said. "He said he's going to do it a little bit and see how his body responds. I wouldn't be surprised next year if he's pitching in the big leagues for somebody."

Clemens has been throwing batting practice to one of his sons often, and Oswalt said that Clemens "feels pretty good."

Yankees manager Joe Girardi, who is three years younger than Clemens, said it is difficult to get that urge to compete out of your blood.

"He's always loved to compete," Girardi said of Clemens. "That's who he is. He kept coming back. There were times he felt he couldn't quite go a full season, but he gave it as much as he had. He loved to compete. That's a hard thing to replace is that competition. Guys miss it."

Clemens had two great seasons with the Astros after he turned 40, going 18-4 with a 2.98 ERA in 2004 to win his record seventh Cy Young Award. He was 13-8 with a career-low 1.87 ERA in 2005.

Clemens earned $160 million and won 354 games in a 24-year career with the Red Sox, Blue Jays, Yankees and Astros. His 4,672 strikeouts are third-most and he was named to 11 All-Star games.

Now he will see what he has left for the Skeeters. He joins a roster that includes former major league pitchers Tim Redding and Scott Kazmir and Jason Lane, a teammate of Clemens' on Houston's 2005 World Series team.

"That's great, if he thinks he can do it," Gardenhire said. "He worked harder than anybody I've ever seen. His routine and program, I don't think too many people could stay with that. If he has continued to work out, he's probably in good enough shape. (He's) a big strong Texan."

It isn't clear how long Clemens will pitch for the Skeeters.

"This is a one-game-at-a-time thing," Hendricks said. "Let's see how he does on Saturday."

Some in baseball weren't quite as keen on the idea as Oswalt.

"He didn't travel with the Astros half the time toward the end there," Oakland pitcher Brett Anderson said. "I can't imagine him traveling for the Sugar Land Skeeters. I'm sure they'll draw a good crowd and it will be fun, but it's kind of those things you read about it and you're like: 'What's he doing?'"

Clemens is set to appear on the Hall of Fame ballot going to voters late this year. If he plays in another major league game, his Hall consideration would be pushed back five years.

Clemens was accused of using steroids and HGH in the Mitchell Report on drugs in baseball, something he denied. The Justice Department began an investigation concerning whether Clemens had lied under oath, and in 2010 a grand jury indicted him on two counts of perjury, three counts of making false statements and one count of obstructing Congress when he testified during a deposition and at a hearing that he never used any performance-enhancing drugs.

He was acquitted of all the charges on June 19 after a 10-week trial and has largely stayed out of the public spotlight until now.

"I think he's going to come back and try to prove a lot of doubters wrong," Oswalt said.

The signing was first reported by Houston television station KRIV.

Pasta Giant Meatball
08-21-2012, 09:59 AM
Wow, just wow

Big Smoke
08-21-2012, 10:01 AM
The Sugar Land Skeeters?

TEX
08-21-2012, 10:36 AM
The Sugar Land Skeeters?

Yep. Independent Minor League club just south of Houston. LOTS of folks are laughing at him. I think he's an idiot for doing it. BTW, his "fast ball" was recently clocked at 87mph...

jd1020
08-21-2012, 10:37 AM
The Sugar Land Skeeters?

Some Texas team that has no affiliation with the MLB or MiLB.

In other words... who fucking cares?

CoMoChief
08-21-2012, 10:46 AM
With him working out from now til next spring he can raise that fastball to about 90-91


I'd take him on the Royals in a heartbeat....he's a competitor and loves to pitch.

Chiefshrink
08-21-2012, 10:50 AM
It's called having no identity outside of baseball. It won't last long. His 50yr old body will remind him his glory days are gone.:rolleyes:

Deberg_1990
08-21-2012, 11:27 AM
I'd take him on the Royals in a heartbeat....he's a competitor and loves to pitch.

Why would i do the same? Whats wrong with me????

Mr. Laz
08-21-2012, 12:50 PM
Could he be wanting to reset his Hall-of-Fame clock to try and get some more separation between the PED stuff and the votes?

ChiefsNow
08-21-2012, 01:02 PM
I'm over 50 and still ok with pitchers . (of beer)

lcarus
08-21-2012, 01:07 PM
Why would i do the same? Whats wrong with me????

You're a tortured fan. It clouds the judgement.

Flachief58
08-21-2012, 01:22 PM
I BELIEVE

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Big Smoke
08-21-2012, 01:23 PM
I just thought the name The Sugar Land Skeeters was funny. ROFL

raybec 4
08-21-2012, 01:52 PM
I was surprised to see Gary Gaetti is the manager of that podunk team

whoman69
08-21-2012, 02:33 PM
Could he be wanting to reset his Hall-of-Fame clock to try and get some more separation between the PED stuff and the votes?

Not sure if signing with an independent league would do that. Anybody know for certain?

Calcountry
08-21-2012, 02:34 PM
He can do anything with a bottle of ageless male and some more roids.

Demonpenz
08-21-2012, 03:19 PM
No different than Old Royals playing in adult leagues around KC. Just alittle bit better compitition.

ghak99
09-07-2012, 10:21 PM
I caught the very end of the Clemens pitching to Clemens highlight on espn. It showed him coming off the mound to snag a blooper with him getting a close call on the throw to first to fall in his favor. The commentary afterwards made it sound like he actually pitched pretty well and he probably had the ability to return to the majors if he wanted to.

Did anyone actually watch the game?

Dr. Facebook Fever
09-07-2012, 10:23 PM
I caught the very end of the Clemens pitching to Clemens highlight on espn. It showed him coming off the mound to snag a blooper with him getting a close call on the throw to first to fall in his favor. The commentary afterwards made it sound like he actually pitched pretty well and he probably had the ability to return to the majors if he wanted to.

Did anyone actually watch the game?

Who was it that pitched to age 62? Whitey Ford maybe?

edit... Satchell Paige pitched to age 59

Unsmooth-Moment
09-07-2012, 10:26 PM
I'm sure he can get his fast ball back up to the 90 mark with a little more work.

tk13
09-07-2012, 10:34 PM
Supposedly he's up to 88 mph. There are pitchers that have done more with less. The Royals did have a scout at his first start. It's a different ballgame against major league hitters though.

I've seen people make comments on some of these Clemens articles about how maybe he's deliberately trying to delay his HOF eligibility 5 more years so some people will forget about his legal battles. That's actually an interesting point. If he's doing all this just to make one start for the Astros at the end of the year, that could have merit.

Dr. Facebook Fever
09-07-2012, 10:36 PM
Supposedly he's up to 88 mph. There are pitchers that have done more with less. The Royals did have a scout at his first start. It's a different ballgame against major league hitters though.

I've seen people make comments on some of these Clemens articles about how maybe he's deliberately trying to delay his HOF eligibility 5 more years so some people will forget about his legal battles. That's actually an interesting point. If he's doing all this just to make one start for the Astros at the end of the year, that could have merit.

According to the team site that scout was only there to accompany someone else, not to scout Clemens. I don't have the link but the story was posted right after it happened. It's probably in the team site archives.

Deberg_1990
09-07-2012, 10:37 PM
Its incredible to look at the wins totals of Cy Young and Walter Johnson. Those will never be touched. Especially in todays age where pitchers vaginas break down every other week.

tk13
09-07-2012, 10:39 PM
According to the team site that scout was only there to accompany someone else, not to scout Clemons. I don't have the link but the story was posted right after it happened. It's probably in the team site archives.

THAT'S JUST WHAT THEY WANT YOU TO THINK! DUH DUH DUH!

Dr. Facebook Fever
09-07-2012, 10:41 PM
THAT'S JUST WHAT THEY WANT YOU TO THINK! DUH DUH DUH!

Well that's always possible, heh.