Clemens signs with Sugar Land Skeeters
The now 50-year-old “Rocket” has signed with the Sugar Land (Texas) Skeeters of the independent Atlantic League, and according to the team’s official website, he is scheduled to make his first start against the Bridgeport Bluefish on Saturday night in Sugar Land, which is about 25 miles southwest of Houston.
Clemens lives in the Houston area, and according to USA Today, one of his agents, Randy Hendricks, said that the comeback “is, at this point, a fun, local, one-time kind of thing, and if he (Clemens) does well, he will probably make at least one more home start.”
FOX 26 Houston also reported that the Skeeters put Clemens through a full workout last week that saw him use all four of his pitches and hit 87 mph on the radar gun.
Clemens, a seven-time Cy Young Award winner with 354 career wins, last pitched in the Majors in 2007, going 6-6 with a 4.18 ERA in 17 starts for the Yankees, and because the Atlantic League is not affiliated with Major League Baseball in any way, his Skeeters tenure will not affect his Hall of Fame eligibility for the 2013 ballot.
The Skeeters entered Monday with an Atlantic League-worst 47-60 overall record, but sport a handful of other former Major Leaguers on their roster – including former Rays hurler Scott Kazmir, who is 0-5 with a 7.89 ERA in eight starts.