Roger Clemens: Is His Comeback Story More Than a Publicity Stunt?

Zak SchmollAnalyst IAugust 22, 2012

NEW YORK - OCTOBER 07:  Starting pitcher Roger Clemens #22 of the New York Yankees deals against the Cleveland Indians during Game Three of the American League Division Series at Yankee Stadium on October 7, 2007 in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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At this point, everyone has heard about Roger Clemens returning to pitch at least one game for the Sugar Land Skeeters.

You have probably also heard that the Houston Astros are sending a scout to see if Clemens is really worth anything as they try to finish up another lackluster season. If you haven't heard about it, here's a link to an Associated Press report that will tell you a little bit more.

Most of what has been reported about this situation seems to imply that Clemens' comeback is nothing more than a publicity stunt.

While I'm sure the Houston Astros are considering the marketing implications of Clemens' addition, if the report mentioned in the AP article is true and Clemens actually was hitting 87 mph on his fastball and had control of his breaking pitches, it's possible that he might at least be a serviceable option.

Clemens is 50 years old, but I don't really know how much that means in this situation. He has obviously gone downhill since his playing days, but he was one of the best pitchers in baseball for a very long time. Even a reduced version of Clemens is better than most versions of anyone else.

Don't forget, Jamie Moyer was still pitching earlier this season. He had an incredibly tough season at the age of 49, but he is the perfect illustration of a player who has stuck around baseball for a long time.

This may be a one-time deal, or the Astros might not see anything they like when they go to watch Roger Clemens, but his bullpen session was encouraging and he wouldn't be the only person of advanced age to pitch in Major League Baseball.


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