Roger Clemens took the mound for the Sugar Land Skeeters of the independent Atlantic League on Saturday night, and he was impressive during his first outing in five years.
Clemens was pitching in the game at the age of 50-years-old, an impressive feat while playing in a position that is known to burn out the arms of men half his age.
Clemens left major league baseball five years ago but never officially retired from the game he dominated for so many years.
On Saturday night, Clemens pitched in 3 1/3 innings and allowed one hit and a walk on 37 pitches.
After the game, when ask if the event meant he was contemplating an MLB return, he said:
“No, it doesn’t. I’ve had success before at that level and other things. Again, it’s a great deal of work and I’m not thinking that at this point.”
While Clemens may not be ready to proclaim his hopeful return to major league baseball, the Houston Astros and Kansas City Royals appeared interested in scooping up the 50-year-old pitcher. Both teams sent scouts to the Skeeters game to keep an eye on Clemens.
Sugar Land manager Gary Gaetti and Tal Smith, an Astros executive, both agreed that Clemens had maintained his amazing command of the game since retiring five year ago. During the match, Clemens consistently hit 88 mph while mixing in curveballs and hard splitters.
The MLB future of Roger Clemens is still uncertain, but we already known the man can pitch as he ages. While playing into his 40s with the Astros, Clemens had two seasons of brilliant play, going 18-4 with a 2.98 ERA to win the Cy Young Award for the seventh time in 2004.
During his career, Roger Clemens racked up 4,672 strikeouts and played on 11 All-Star teams during a 24-year career.