Roger Clemens appears locked and loaded for his next start

08/29/2012 2:51 AM - Devo

Roger Clemens 7.jpgSources close to the Sugar Land Skeeters have told Deadspin that “Clemens has already penciled in September 7 as his next (and final?) start for the club.” 

If this is his final start does that mean he suits up the Houston Astros sooner than later? I can’t think of any reason why Roger Clemens returning to the Astros is of benefit to anyone. 

The Astros are terrible, and if Clemens did sign, they would pack the stadium for a couple starts-nothing Earth shattering. 

Hypothetically, if Clemens does take the field for the Astros, he would not be eligible for the Hall of Fame for another five years. And because of that, the steroid talk that has followed him around and everything that goes along with it will subside. 

Not too bad of an idea. Stay out of the limelight, and let the Barry Bonds and Sammy Sosa’s of the world take the heat for the time being. 

If Clemens is MLB ready that’s great. If this is not a publicity stunt even better. At least the focus is on baseball, not something that has overshadowed the game for quite sometime. And if that’s what Clemens brings to the Astros, I’m all for it.

Devon is the Founder and Executive Director of The GM's Perspective. He is a former professional baseball player with the River City Rascals & Gateway Grizzlies. Currently, Devon is a Manager at a financial institution in Northern Ontario Canada, and can be reached at devon@thegmsperspective.com. You can follow The GM's Perspective on Twitter and Facebook. His full bio can be seen here.

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Clemens impresses, Kazmir continues comeback

08/27/2012 4:48 AM - Devo

Roger Clemens 6.jpgRoger Clemens was involved in yet another milestone; the most anticipated Independent League game in history. 

Clemens, at 50-years-old, is at the beginning of a so-called comeback. If the rumours are true and the Houston Astros are serious about Clemens, it would definitely stir up some excitement and would sell a heck of a lot of tickets. 

For the first time in five years Clemens took the hill, this time for the Sugar Land Skeeters, and did what he usually does; held opponents off the score sheet. 

He went three and a third, gave up only one hit and struck out two. Obviously the calibre of hitter isn’t the type he is used to facing but, he did what he had to do and got the job done. 

There hasn’t been any confirmation on whether he will make another start, but if he does, and is successful, would it not be a bad idea to see what he would be like in a middle-relief role for a team competing for a playoff spot? Would he have enough time to get MLB ready? Would it be worth it to start that Hall of Fame clock over again? 

In news that got overlooked, Scott Kazmir was taken off the inactive list and reinserted into the starting rotation. 

On Friday night Kazmir took the mound against the Bridgeport Bluefish for the second time this season. He went six innings for the second straight start and allowed four runs on nine hits, struck out two and walked one. 

Coming back from an eight plus walk performance in his last start with one is a great achievement. And to do so with the world watching now that Clemens is on the team makes it even more impressive. 

Kazmir now sits with a 0-6 record and an ERA of 7.57. 

No one said comebacks were easy.

Devon is the Founder and Executive Director of The GM's Perspective. He is a former professional baseball player with the River City Rascals & Gateway Grizzlies. Currently, Devon is a Manager at a financial institution in Northern Ontario Canada, and can be reached at devon@thegmsperspective.com. You can follow The GM's Perspective on Twitter and Facebook. His full bio can be seen here.

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Roger Clemens scheduled to join Skeeters, Scott Kazmir placed on inactive list

08/22/2012 9:27 AM - Devo

Roger Clemens 5.jpgOn Saturday, Roger Clemens will take the mound for the Independent Sugar Land Skeeters of the Independent Atlantic League. 

According to ESPN, Clemens is only making one start, and he’ll take it from there. 

Clemens is 50-years-old and has been clocked at 87 mph. In all fairness, that is pretty darn good for someone who is 50. But to say this is Clemens’ first step back to the majors is a long shot. 

We all know he is one of the greatest pitchers of all-time, and in theory, he has nothing left to prove. If he does return and goes 2-4 in ten starts what’s the point. I guess we’ll confirm once and for all that he is a tremendous athlete, something we already knew. But if he does return and pitch for a MLB team, his Hall of Fame induction time-frame requirements restart, and he can’t qualify for another five years. 

With the name Roger Clemens being mentioned on nearly every sports show possible, the publicity that Independent baseball is getting is really great. 

It allows many to take a step back from the bright lights and big cities of the MLB game and take a look at small town baseball. It gives people a chance to see there is something else out there, and an opportunity for the talent to get the recognition they rightly deserve. 

When Clemens joins the Skeeters, he will join a club managed by former Minnesota Twins great Gary Gaetti, and a rotation littered with ex-pros; Jason Lane, Tim Redding and Scott Kazmir. 

Kazmir recently lost his fifth game of the season but pitched a season high six innings and reportedly hit 94-95 on the radar gun. Unfortunately, the greatest Independent league rotation of all-time with; Clemens, Kazmir, Lane and Redding might be on hold permanently. 

It was on Atlantic League website where I read that Kazmir was placed on the inactive list by the Skeeters on August 20. I cannot confirm if this is the end of the line for Kazmir, but I do know he has given his all to prove the doubters wrong. 

The Skeeters game on the Saturday will be one of the most highly anticipated minor league games we’ve seen in years. Indy baseball will always surprise you and this time I think they’ve outdone themselves.

Devon is the Founder and Executive Director of The GM's Perspective. He is a former professional baseball player with the River City Rascals & Gateway Grizzlies. Currently, Devon is a Manager at a financial institution in Northern Ontario Canada, and can be reached at devon@thegmsperspective.com. You can follow The GM's Perspective on Twitter and Facebook. His full bio can be seen here.

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Scott Kazmir walks eight, loses fifth game

08/20/2012 5:15 AM - Devo

Scott Kazmir 19.jpgEight walks sounds bad, but there are plenty of positives to be found in Scott Kazmir’s last start. 

Kazmir was facing the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs for the second time since beginning his comeback. 

The first time they roughed him up for six runs on six hits in just one inning. This time around was a different story, however, the numbers don’t do it justice. 

Sure, Kazmir walked eight batters and dropped to 0-5, but he went six innings, the most in his eight appearances. He only allowed two earned runs, and four hits while striking out four. Again, this is a testament to the hard work he is putting in.

Take away the walks and Kazmir produced his best start for the Sugar Land Skeeters. 

Not only that, the velocity is apparently returning to the arm that, in the past, regularly hit the upper 90’s when he first arrived on the scene in Tampa. 

On Kazmir’s twitter account he said his velocity is again reaching an impressive high; 

“Last start velocity was up to 94-95” 

In my estimation, the walks are the least of everyone’s worries. It’s the fact the Kazmir is slowly but surely getting better and better each start. If he can get his walks down two or three a game, it might not be the Atlantic League hitters who have to face him. It could those MLB batters he once used to mow down. 

Devon is the Founder and Executive Director of The GM's Perspective. He is a former professional baseball player with the River City Rascals & Gateway Grizzlies. Currently, Devon is a Manager at a financial institution in Northern Ontario Canada, and can be reached at devon@thegmsperspective.com. You can follow The GM's Perspective on Twitter and Facebook. His full bio can be seen here.

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