Is this a strategic move to eventually gain entry in the Hall of Fame, or just another step in the process of clearing the name of one of the best pitchers to ever take the field?
These are just two (of the many) questions that have recently come up after Roger Clemens signed a contract with the Independent Atlantic League’s Sugar Land Skeeters.
Clemens, who retired after 24 seasons in 2007, could push back his Hall of Fame eligibility five years if he’s able to pitch again in the majors. The Houston Astros are the only possible destination, but owner Jim Crane insisted Friday that Clemens isn’t a part of the team’s “long-term plans.”
Hmm, a 50-year-old pulling a publicity stunt isn’t a part of your long-term plans? File that in the “Things That Shouldn’t Need To Be Said” folder.
“I’m 50 years old,” Clemens told reporters. “I hope nothing breaks, and I hope I don’t pull anything. We’re just going to go out and have fun with this.”
In keeping with the theme, oddsmakers at Bovada thought they’d have a little fun as well, coming up with a list of props for this event.
In addition, Bovada is also offering 8-to-1 odds that Clemens pitches in the major leagues at any point next season.*
If Clemens were to make his way back into the big leagues and actually win a game, he’d become the oldest pitcher to record a victory, ousting Jamie Moyer, who accomplished the feat at the age of 49 earlier this year for the Colorado Rockies.
*Note: These props were all available earlier this morning, but have since been taken down. Expect them to come back before Clemens makes his start.