Roger Clemens, who won a record seven Cy Young Awards in a 24-season Major League Baseball career tainted by allegations of steroid use, will pitch for the minor-league Sugar Land Skeeters in Texas this weekend.
Clemens, 50, will be in uniform on Aug. 24 and pitch the following night at home against Bridgeport, Christopher Hill, the Skeeters’ vice president of business development, said in a telephone interview. The independent team bills itself as the Houston area’s minor-league club, and Clemens is a Texas native.
“It’s a one-game thing with the Skeeters and we will go from there,” Randy Hendricks, Clemens’s agent, said in an e-mail. “If he does well, he would probably pitch one more game for them.”
Former New York Yankees right-hander Clemens in June was found not guilty of lying to Congress about his use of performance-enhancing drugs. A federal jury of eight women and four men in Washington acquitted Clemens of all six counts he faced. Over a nine-week trial, 46 witnesses testified, including former teammate Andy Pettitte, Clemens’s wife, and his chief accuser and decade-long trainer, Brian McNamee.
The player has denied using steroids and human-growth hormone since a 2007 report by former U.S. Senator George Mitchell accused him of using the drugs in 1998, 2000 and 2001.
Clemens, who also pitched for the Boston Red Sox, Toronto Blue Jays and Houston Astros, will join a roster that includes former big-league pitcher Scott Kazmir.
Clemens was acquitted of one count of obstructing a congressional probe into the use of performance-enhancing drugs by major league players. He also was found not guilty of three counts of making false statements to congressional investigators and two counts of perjury stemming from his public testimony to a House panel.
Clemens pitched until he was 44. He left the game after the 2007 season with a 354-184 record, a 3.12 earned run average and 4,672 strikeouts, a total that in major league history has been exceeded only by Nolan Ryan and Randy Johnson.
The Skeeters are 18-19, third in the Freedom Division of the Atlantic League.