Roger Clemens Returning to Baseball
Roger Clemens has become just as infamous as he is famous. Despite being one of the all-time greatest pitchers in baseball history, he is also one of biggest names tangled into the ongoing ‘War on Performance Enhancing Drugs’ in Major League Baseball.
Now, the 50 year old, 11 time All-Star, 2 time World Series champion, and 7 time Cy Young Award winning Roger Clemens will be pitching for the Sugar Land Skeeters of the Atlantic League. He is expected to start this Saturday.
Clemens was accused of using steroids and HGH during his MLB career and at a congressional deposition, he denied using any performance-enhancing drugs. 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. He was acquitted of all the charges on June 19th after a 10-week trial.
This stint with the Skeeter’s may be ‘just for fun’ as Clemen’s said at his press conference today, announcing his return to the sport. Many think there may be ulterior motives though, as Clemens is scheduled to be on the 2013 Hall of Fame Ballot with Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, and Barry Bonds. The 4 most prominent names linked to baseballs Steroids era.
If Clemen’s can get himself onto a Major League Baseball roster, for even just one game, he would be able to be taken off of this years ballot as a player must have been retired from the sport for 5 years.
He has still got an 87 mph fastball working in his favor and will be able to show off his stuff this weekend. Might be a good stepping stone for ‘The Rocket’ to get back onto the mound in the MLB.