Roger Clemens


On Monday, the 50-year-old Clemens, who hasn't pitched in a professional baseball game since 2007 with the New York Yankees, signed with the Sugar Land Skeeters, of Sugar Land, Texas, who play in the independent Atlantic League.

Clemens is expected to start for the Skeeters, who is managed by Gary Gaetti, the hitting coach with the Astros when Clemens was with that franchise, on Saturday at home against Bridgeport.

Clemens, who won a record seven Cy Young Awards during his 23-year career, won 354 games with the Red Sox, Yankees, Blue Jays and Astros. His 4,672 strikeouts are third-most all-time and he was named to 11 All-Star Games.

Clemens is scheduled this year's Hall of Fame ballot, which will go out to voters in July. If he appeared in a major league game his voting consideration would be pushed back five years.

It isn't know how long Clemens will pitch for the Skeeters, who also have former Astros Tim Redding and Jason Lane on their roster.

Wow! I didn't see this coming!

What is Clemens thinking?!?!?

I mean, does he just want to help the Skeeters? Is he bored, and just wants to have some fun? Is he seriously thinking about attempting a Major League comeback in September, or even 2013?

There is some speculation that Clemens may pitch for the Astros in September, and may actually want to push back his Hall of Fame clock another five years.

This is a little strange, and unexpected, but I bet the Skeeters have a sellout on Saturday night!