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Roger Clemens invited to pitch for Puerto Rican team

Nov 5, 2011, 7:35 PM EDT

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Look, kids: a real-life Kenny Powers!

According to Christian Red of the New York Daily News, former major league starter Roger Clemens has been invited to join the pitching staff of Indios de Mayaguez, a Puerto Rican winter league team that recently signed a contract with his son, 24-year-old corner infield prospect Koby Clemens.

“The Rocket” has been throwing bullpen sessions for the past couple of weeks at the Indios facilities. And while he hasn’t responded yet to the invite, the club’s GM seems optimistic that something might happen.

“He didn’t say ‘Yes,’ and he didn’t say ‘No.’ I hope he does play, because that would put people in the stands,” said Indios de Mayaguez general manger Ramon Conde.

“We have a beautiful stadium in Mayaguez by the ocean that (seats) 15,000. Clemens would put a few thousand people in the seats. The door is open.

He got his fastball up to 91, 92. I’m pretty sure he (could) get in shape in two weeks. I think he would be interested to play with his son.”

Clemens last pitched in the big leagues back in 2007, when he registered a 4.18 ERA and 68/31 K/BB ratio in 99 innings with the Yankees. The 49-year-old, due back in a D.C. court on April 17 for a hearing related to his previous perjury charge, would have to pass a physical before actually suiting up for Mayaguez.

  1. baseballisboring - Nov 5, 2011 at 7:50 PM

    Meh. I think Jamie Moyer at 49 in the big leagues is more interesting.

  2. yankeesgameday - Nov 5, 2011 at 7:57 PM

    There’s about a gazillion real life kenny powers out there.

    • 14thinningstretch - Nov 7, 2011 at 1:41 AM

      Clemens’s press statement in six months: “Indios de Mayaguez, you’re f—in’ out!”

  3. jwbiii - Nov 5, 2011 at 8:41 PM

    Koby Clemens is a free agent now.

    • Drew Silva - Nov 5, 2011 at 8:46 PM

      Ah, good call.

    • paperlions - Nov 5, 2011 at 8:48 PM

      …and not really a prospect, corner IF bats that are below average offensively are not prospects.

      • cur68 - Nov 5, 2011 at 8:54 PM

        Damn boys, looks like there’ll be no one to carry on the Clemen’s good baseball name…such as it is. I had hope for Rog’s kid. Thought he might evolve into a decent player. I hope he can bring that bat up to par enough to make a decent go of it.

      • paperlions - Nov 5, 2011 at 9:07 PM

        I left out the part about him being 25 yrs old already.

  4. jimeejohnson - Nov 5, 2011 at 9:06 PM

    Clemens has already made a fool of himself, so if he hasn’t got it anymore it cannot be as bad as putting his Hall of Fame candidacy in serious jeopardy. I believe Clemens deserves a second chance even though I feel he lied. Who hasn’t?

    • henryd3rd - Nov 6, 2011 at 5:31 AM

      Hall of Fame candidacy? Are you kidding me? The only way he gets inside the HOH is when he buys a ticket. Plus if things don’t go as he expects he’ll be spending a lot of time explaining to a lot of cons how he blew a fortune on legal fees and still ended up in the joint

      • JBerardi - Nov 6, 2011 at 9:01 PM

        In the universe you live in, does Spock have a gotee?

  5. illogic87 - Nov 6, 2011 at 12:19 AM


  6. cowboysoldiertx - Nov 6, 2011 at 7:24 AM

    A cheating steriod head and his non prospect, never going to make it son, playing together? WOW get me a ticket asap!

    • JBerardi - Nov 6, 2011 at 9:15 PM

      Koby Clemens has a .265/.358/.458 career line in the minors. Is he much of a prospect at this point? No. But this isn’t Pete Rose Jr. we’re talking about; he’s a legitimate ballplayer who belongs in the pro ranks by virtue of his talent, not the name on the back of his jersey.

  7. dirtyharry1971 - Nov 6, 2011 at 6:15 PM

    Clemens was a MLB GOD!! End of story, case closed

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