At 50 years old Roger Clemens has decided to return to baseball and play for the Sugar Land Skeeters, a minor league affiliate of the Houston Astros.
According to his agent Randy Hendricks, all his pitches were working and his fastball was clocked just short of 90 mph.
“His fastball was clocked at 87 mph; all of his pitches were working, he threw a three-inning simulated game after an extensive workout warm-up.”
Clemens is slated to make his first appearance Saturday in a home start against Bridgeport.
Now this is just crazy, he’s 50 and we’re going to act like throwing an 87 mph fastball is a big accomplishment? Yes that’s great for his age, however for everyday baseball players, they should have no problem tattooing everything he throws. This isn’t the guy who retired at the age of 45 who went 6-6 with the Yankees in 2007. This is a move made to prolong being on the Hall of Fame ballot, and hoping that with more time passed he’ll improve his chances of getting into Cooperstown. If this was a guy who just wanted to compete and play for the love of the game, then I’d have no problem with it. However, he’s trying to scam us and scheme the system.