One of the biggest surprises in the MLB this past week involved 50-year-old Roger Clemens–who made his debut with the Sugar Land Skeeters on Saturday night. Whether or not the potential future Hall of Fame pitcher will make a return to the big leagues is still unknown, but he took his first small step in the right direction with a decent performance.
Clemens pitched 3 1/3 innings on Saturday and only allowed one hit as the right hander helped lead the Skeeters to a 1-0 win over the Bridgeport Bluefish. While his fastest pitch reached 88 mph, that’s certainly not too bad for a pitcher his age–especially one that hasn’t played at a higher level since the 2006 season.
It may be only one game, but it should be interesting to see how well Clemens pitches over his next few performances and whether or not that can land him a spot back in the big leagues. Chatter has begun to heat up about how Clemens could return to the Major Leagues once September rolls around (the Houston Astros appear to be the top landing spot at this point) and he seems determined as anything to make sure that happens.
Unfortunately for Clemens, it doesn’t look like any playoff-contending teams will be giving him a shot. Then again, Clemens still needs to prove that he has what it takes to pitch a few more outings–so there’s no reason to jump to conclusion over anything just yet.
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