Roger Clemens pitched for the Sugar Land Skeeters in the Atlantic League last Saturday and it went well. He gave up just one hit over 3.1 innings and topped out at 88 mph. Not bad for a guy who hasn’t pitched since 2007.
Does this mean we might expect a Rocket re-launch anytime soon? Probably not, but he isn’t ruling it out.
“Not at this point,” Clemens told Alan Blondin of the Houston Chronicle. “That could change in a couple days, but right now we haven’t talked to any of the guys or anything like that.”
The idea might seem absurd, but the Astros owner has already mentioned that he’s open to the possibility of signing Clemens. He also might not hurt to push back his Hall of Fame eligibility back another five years since it seems to be primarily the older sports reporters that are so intent on keeping even suspected steroid users out of the Hall of Fame.
Heck, he averaged just 90 mph on his fastball back in 2007. Two extra mph might be all the difference in the world, but it doesn’t seem impossible to think that he could find that extra velocity with more bullpen sessions. Houston could certainly use the pitching.