The Astros have a crappy team and a new owner. That combination might be perfectly suited for a Roger Clemens comeback as Astros owner Jim Crane told Mark Berman of My Fox Houston that the team is open to such a move.
“If it goes alright and he comes to us, we’ll talk to baseball about it at length,” Crane said.
It seems like a publicity stunt for the Astros, who will move to the American League next year, even if Crane denied that. For Clemens though, it could be something more – a way to push his Hall of Fame ballot back five years.
The reason Clemens would want to do that would be to avoid all the old crusty Hall voters who are trying to make up for their own blindness during the steroid era by making sure nobody gets elected to the Hall of Fame. In five years the electorate will look very different and may be much more open to giving The Rocket a fair chance.
Clemens, who is 50-years-old, last pitched in 2007 and since has been accused of using anabolic steroids and cleared through due process in court of potentially lying about it.