Last Saturday night, Roger Clemens pitched 3 1/3 innings of one-hit scoreless baseball. The fact he pitched one-hit ball is not surprising, but what is surprising is he did it at the age of 50.
Clemens, the seven-time winner of the Cy Young Award, took the mound on Saturday for Sugar Land Skeeters an independent league team in Texas. He was able to throw up to 88mph hour. However, following his appearance he said he was still unsure what he would do about returning to professional baseball.
Reporters pressed Clemens over the rumor he might return to the major leagues. He replied that no, he did not have any plans, but he would be willing to appear again for the Skeeters.
When it was announced last week that Clemens would return to pitch, speculation instantly started that Clemens was returning in order to push back his Hall of Fame eligibility.
Clemens last pitched in the major leagues in 2006 and if he does not play in a major league game this season, he will be eligible to be voted into the Hall of Fame. However, if he plays in at least one game, his eligibility would be pushed back another five years. Many think he wants that to happen so he can distance himself from the dark cloud that swept over baseball during the so-called era of steroids.
A federal jury acquitted Clemens this year on perjury charges over a statement he made to Congress saying he never took any performance enhancing drugs. He claimed throughout the entire trial that he never took them.
He last pitched for the Houston Astros in major league baseball in 2007 and finished his pro career with 354 victories.