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Saturday, August 25, 2012

Roger Clemens earns standing ovation after scoreless debut for Sugar Land Skeeters

The Sugar Land Express: Oldie Yawn?

Roger Clemens was back on the mound at age 50, striking out hitters again.

Pitching for the first time in five years, Clemens tossed 3 1-3 scoreless innings Saturday night for the Sugar Land Skeeters of the independent Atlantic League.

Clemens faced the Bridgeport Bluefish and struck out two, including former major leaguer Joey Gathright to start the game. He allowed one hit without a walk and threw 37 pitches.

Scouts from the Houston Astros and Kansas City Royals were on hand to watch Clemens’ comeback — for however long it lasts and wherever it leads.

“I think it will fuel that speculation,” Royals pro scout Ron Toenjes said after watching the performance. “I just don’t know what will happen. I don’t think anyone does.”

Sugar Land manager Gary Gaetti, a two-time All-Star third baseman with Minnesota, said he was impressed by Clemens’ outing after such a long layoff. He admitted before the game he was a bit concerned about how things would go because of Clemens’ age and time off.

“He did a great job,” Gaetti said. “He really did.”

Repoz Posted: August 25, 2012 at 11:18 PM | 15 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Walt Davis Posted: August 25, 2012 at 11:37 PM (#4218355)
So TVErik gets his wish and BBTF is no longer "BlockBusterTradeFactory" but is now Roger Clemens in Sugar Land Factory ... which sounds really gross.
   2. Tom Nawrocki Posted: August 26, 2012 at 12:35 AM (#4218382)
Clemens looked terrible. He's about as fat as prime David Wells, and had hardly anything on his pitches - according to ESPN, his fastball topped out at 88 mph. If he pitches for the Astros, it could be really ugly.
   3. asdf1234 Posted: August 26, 2012 at 01:37 AM (#4218399)
It's not improbable that he could add a couple of mph in the next couple of weeks as he gets his arm into shape, and he was barely averaging 90 on his fastball the last time he pitched in the majors.

I could imagine less entertaining things than seeing Clemens start for the Astros or Red Sox on the last day of the season.
   4. dlf Posted: August 26, 2012 at 04:44 AM (#4218423)
What is the usual difference in velocity, movement and control between the first pitching of Spring Training and the start of the season?
   5. Blastin Posted: August 26, 2012 at 08:50 AM (#4218435)
or Red Sox


Now this I want to see.
   6. charityslave is thinking about baseball Posted: August 26, 2012 at 12:19 PM (#4218523)
If he pitches for the Astros, it could be really ugly.


As opposed to...Jordan Lyles?
   7. TerpNats Posted: August 26, 2012 at 12:19 PM (#4218525)
The Royals? Why would they want Clemens -- to prevent them from falling further into irrelevancy?
   8. Sweatpants Posted: August 26, 2012 at 12:30 PM (#4218533)
He's about as fat as prime David Wells
I didn't watch, so I don't know if this means that he's as fat as David Wells at the prime of his pitching ability or at the prime of his fatness.
   9. odds are meatwad is drunk Posted: August 26, 2012 at 01:38 PM (#4218568)
Where does Gaetti rank in terms of uglist players? Gotra be pretty far up there
   10. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: August 26, 2012 at 01:43 PM (#4218574)
I didn't watch, so I don't know if this means that he's as fat as David Wells at the prime of his pitching ability or at the prime of his fatness.


Or David Wells after being finished in a feedlot to attain U.S. Prime status.
   11. catomi01 Posted: August 27, 2012 at 01:51 AM (#4218917)
The Royals? Why would they want Clemens -- to prevent them from falling further into irrelevancy?


I'd guess the scout was a friend of Gaetti's....one doing the other a favor.
   12. Bourbon Samurai Posted: August 27, 2012 at 02:38 AM (#4218929)
If he pitches for the Astros, it could be really ugly.


The Astros might as well play center field for all they've got going on. I hear they're doing an all rule v team next year.
   13. Rants Mulliniks Posted: August 27, 2012 at 07:50 AM (#4218965)
Where does Gaetti rank in terms of uglist players? Gotra be pretty far up there


Somewhere between Youkilis and Don Mossi.

If Clemens only through 37 pitches in 3.1 innings he must have been pretty sharp.
   14. Ray (RDP) Posted: August 27, 2012 at 08:18 AM (#4218976)
Otis Nixon for ugliest player of my generation. He looked like he was 90 years old.
   15. AROM Posted: August 27, 2012 at 08:31 AM (#4218981)
Cocaine is a hell of a drug.

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