Roger Clemens wants to pitch against a contender

Roger Clemens wants to knock a contender out of the playoffs

9/11/12 in MLB   |   Pat   |   5233 respect

September 07, 2012; Sugar Land, TX, USA; Sugar Land Skeeters pitcher Roger Clemens (21) pitches in the third inning against the Long Island Ducks at Constellation Field. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-US PRESSWIRERoger Clemens' comeback bid is starting to get pretty serious. He has looked pretty good in his outings in the Independent Atlantic League, and the Astros are considering bringing him to Houston to see what he can do.

It's not a bad move for them, since they are a historically bad team with nothing to play for. It would definitely increase their TV audience, which was a record low on Sunday when it went up against the football games. Barely 1,000 households watched the Astros play.

Clemens has one stipulation, though. He wants to pitch against a contender.

"I can tell you right now and they would know, too, that if I was going to go do it, I am going to pitch against a contender, that's who I want to knock out. Why would I want to waste my time running around and getting in shape. I get over to Minute Maid (Park), I'll crank it up and get it over 90 for a contender. We'll knock them right out of the playoffs. That would be the fun. Pitching against somebody that's not in contention wouldn't be any fun for me."

Astros owner Jim Crane has said he wouldn't pitch Clemens against a contender, most likely because he would want to use a game against a mediocre opponent in order to maximize the attendance and viewership he would gain by featuring Clemens in the game.

But still, if it comes down to starting him against a contender or not starting him at all, the Astros are likely to poince on whatever opportunity they can get to give fans a reason to show up.

If you ask me, I just think Clemens is pushing back the clock for his Hall of Fame eligibility. If he stays retired, he would be eligible for induction when the next vote comes around. It's likely that the voters would pass on him because of his performance enhancing drug use, and that would be incredibly embarrassing for the man with the most Cy Young awards in MLB history.

Instead, if he pitches a single game this year, he'll push back his eligibility by 5 years, and perhaps things will change between now and then.

At some point, people are going to start making exceptions, since there really isn't ANYONE whom we can truly call clean without a shadow of a doubt.

Perhaps 5 years down the road, people will be more sympathetic to Clemens and the rest of the juicers. And that's exactly why the old man is back on the mound. Don't let anyone fool you, there's no other real reason.
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9/12/12   |   jaysinw   |   4992 respect

The hall in full of players who have cheated, or his character is in question. When Clemens last pitched in the majors, he was not ready to give it, so now that the courts are over he went out and played just to see how it felt. Come on looked where and with whom he pitched to, his son. I would love to the Astros give him a shot even against a contender, really what harm could it do. As it has been stated the Astros has had a sorry season.