The 50-year-old Roger Clemens made a return to pro baseball with the Sugar Land Skeeters on Saturday night, August 25, pitching 3 1/3 innings of scoreless baseball. He looked strong though he said he came out of the game a bit sore.
“I probably overextended myself a little bit,” Clemens, who threw 37 pitches, said. “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.”
Clemens struck out the first batter that he faced. Joey Gathright, 31, a former journeyman major league outfielder, went down swinging and later said he was impressed with the 7-time Cy Young award winners performance. "Everything was pretty good for somebody that age,” Gathright said.
The man who won 354 games in the big leagues, ninth all-time, left with Sugar Land, who play in the independent Atlantic League, leading 1-0 over the Bridgeport Bluefish. That was the game's final score but Clemens does not get credit for the win because starting pitchers must throw a minimum of 5 innings to record a win.
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The former Red Sox, Blue Jay, Yankee and Astro retired from MLB in 2007 and went on to face, in the Mitchell Report, charges that he used steroids and HGH in his career. He denied it to congress and was eventually charged with lying to congress, a charge he beat last June.
He has not said whether he will pitch for the Skeeters again, but left the door open for that and for pitching elsewhere. Scouts for the Houston Astros - Sugar Land is a part of Houston - and the Kansas City Royals were on hand for the game.