Roger Clemens just made the Sugar Land Skeeters the happiest of all independent minor league baseball teams after news broke today that former All-Star and current 50-year old will return to the team for a second start.
ESPN reported Clemens sent a text to a television station (FOX 26 KRIV) confirming he will start for the Skeeters again on Sept. 7 against the Long Island Ducks. The Ducks roster includes former major leaguers Timo Perez and Armando Benitez.
Clemens pitched last Saturday against the Bridgeport Bluefish. Pitching for the first time in five years, Roger Clemens three and a third scoreless innings and struck out two.
“I probably overextended myself a little bit,” Clemens said at the time. “I wanted to see where I was at. Anytime you do these, they’re fun but you don’t want to go out and embarrass yourself or embarrass the club.”
Scouts from the Houston Astros, Clemens’ last Major League team, and the Kansas City Royals were on hand at the game. Fox Sports reports that Clemens has denied any plans of returning to Major League Baseball, but making a second start is sure to fire up the rumor mills. If Clemens were to return to the Major Leagues, it would restart the clock on his Hall of Fame eligibility. Baseball players have to be out of the game for five years before they can be considered for enshrinement.
The Skeeters have sold out of Roger Clemens jerseys and Clemens’ last appearance drew an overflow crowd of 7,724 fans to the game.