Roger Clemens takes the mound in Florida

  • David Whitlock

While the sports world is speculating about whether or not a 50-year-old Michael Jordan could compete in today’s NBA, 7-time Cy Young Award winner competed today with major leaguers [insert joke here about Astros being a AAA team] in a 20 minute session in Kissimmee, Florida as the Astros prepare for their Grapefruit League opener.

Credit: Karen Warren, Houston Chronicle

Credit: Karen Warren, Houston Chronicle

According to Brian McTaggart at MLB.com:

Clemens, wearing his familiar No. 22 in the Astros’ new color scheme, worked from both the windup and the stretch, and he even discarded the L-screen in front of the mound for his final few pitches. Carlos Pena, Rick Ankiel, Justin Maxwell, J.D. Martinez and Chris Carter were among the Astros taking their hacks against Clemens.

Additionally,

Clemens, 50, threw a mix of sliders and fastballs, and he called out the pitches to the hitters. He even barked a few batting tips as he was pitching.

When the inevitable questions came about a potential comeback, Clemens shot down the speculation:

“I’d rather have a glass of red wine than do that,” Clemens said as he wiped sweat from his brow. “That was fun.”

Of course, Clemens pitched for the Independent League Sugarland (TX) Skeeters last summer for 2 starts, drawing record crowds and speculation that a comeback was imminent.

Let’s not fool ourselves, Clemens would be a huge hit at the box office and quite frankly would probably settle somewhere between 3rd and 5th starter on the Astros.  It’s not going to happen, but what if it did?

-Dave (@lhd_on_sports)

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David Whitlock

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David (a.k.a. Longhorndave or lhd_on_sports) joined the staff late in the 2012 season and moved to Site Manager in early 2013. A lifelong Houston Astros fan (and mini-season ticket holder for 9 years) he attends 20+ games per year. A statistics freak, David still keeps score the "old fashioned way" on occasion (and has kept manual score of World Series games since 1986 and retains the sheets). He was a featured guest weekly on the Phil Naessens Show. He is also a Texas Longhorns alumnus and huge football and baseball fan of his alma mater. When he isn't watching or writing about baseball, he works as a contractor at NASA Johnson Space Center. He lives by the mantra "a bad day at the ballpark is better than a good day anywhere else."

2 Responses to Roger Clemens takes the mound in Florida

  • i Will Love to See the Katy Rocket Back to Play Again in the Pros And in the Majors but i Will Love to See Him Pitch Again in tne A.L.West For a 5 year Contract to Play Again But He Can Play As a 50 yeaer Old Pitcher to Play in the Majors Again.

  • Well, I guess the Yankees don’t want him so he wants to come back now that he is washed up. Geeez, the Astros will probably sign him.

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