Roger Clemens dazzled on the mound for the Sugar Land Skeeters
August 29, 2012- On Saturday night, 50-year old Roger Clemens dazzled on the mound for the Sugar Land Skeeters. The seven-time Cy Young Award winner threw 3 1/3 innings of scoreless baseball. His patented fastball reach 88 miles per hour, he struck out two and allowed just one hit. However, Clemens said he is not sure at this point, what he will do next.
When reporters spoke to him after his pitching appearance about whether he was looking at returning to the major leagues, he replied no. He said it would be a great deal of work to accomplish and he was not thinking about it at this time.
Last week, when it was announced he would return to the diamond to pitch for the Skeeters, it fuelled speculation instantly that his return was related to his Hall of Fame status, which starts next year. Should Clemens appear in a major league game during this season, his Hall of Fame eligibility would be pushed back for five years and that could possibly help distance him from the steroid era of the game.
Clemens was acquitted in June of all counts against him in a perjury case the government brought against him. During the trial, he and his lawyers maintained he never lied to Congress when he made the statement that he never took performance enhancing drugs. He was acquitted unanimously.
Clemens last pitched in the majors for the Houston Astros from 2004 to 2006. The team could be a logical destination for the right hander. Scouts for the Astros and the Kansas City Royals attended the game on Saturday night. Clemens finished his pro career with 354 wins.