On 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.
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