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Koby Clemens barred from winter ball after going AWOL

Nov 16, 2011, 6:30 PM EST

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Friend-of-HBT Nick Collias just tipped us off to a report from Puerto Rico about how Koby Clemens — son of Roger and property of the Houston Astros — has been barred from international play after abandoning his winter ball team, the Mayagüez Indians, last Wednesday.

According to the report by Karla Pacheco Alvarez at the Puerto Rican paper Primera Hora, Clemens left the team without providing any reason. This led his team to file paperwork which bans him from playing for any other winter league team, be it in Puerto Rico, Mexico, the Dominican Republic or Venezuela. Here’s team owner Daniel Aquino, translated by our friend Mr. Collias:

“The paperwork will explain that he didn’t give reasons for abandoning the team. With this document we’re meeting the rules of the Caribbean Baseball Confederation, which assert that no one who abandons a team without good reason can play in Mexico, the Dominican Republic, or Venezuela … I’d like the fans and everyone else to know that we’re not looking to sanction Clemens. Even less do we wish to do him harm. We’re only following procedure.”

There are rumors floating around that Roger Clemens told Koby to bolt the team for safety reasons following Wilson Ramos‘ kidnapping, but Mr. Aquino says that’s baloney, and that the Rocket tried to persuade Koby to stay.

Kids these days.

  1. woodenulykteneau - Nov 16, 2011 at 6:35 PM

    Apple, tree.

    • JBerardi - Nov 16, 2011 at 8:04 PM

      How so? Roger never went AWOL from a team, plus he was good at baseball. Couple key differences right there.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Nov 16, 2011 at 8:27 PM

      Lets see this article doesnt explain anything, i mean why did he leave? Emergency? And anyone who tries to compare this to what Roger did in his baseball career just simply wasnt paying attention or is just so full of hate they cant think clearly. Probably a dumb met\redsuk fan

      • sneschalmers - Nov 17, 2011 at 12:25 AM

        I’ll preface this by saying I have no idea why Koby left the team and it very well could be a legit reason. With that being said, I lived down the street from the Clemens’ when they lived in Houston and they were just complete assholes to everybody. Even people trying to be nice to them. It wouldn’t surprise me if Koby left for unjustifiable reasons, but then again we won’t know until further information comes out.

    • pjmarn6 - Nov 16, 2011 at 11:41 PM

      Was it that week they were going to test for steroids?

  2. schlom - Nov 16, 2011 at 6:39 PM

    How many players leave winter league teams a year? Just a couple or is it more like 10-20?

  3. bloodysock - Nov 16, 2011 at 7:01 PM

    Koby misremembered the time to show up.

  4. Kyle - Nov 16, 2011 at 8:57 PM

    I’m sure this guy is just a joy of a human being.

  5. pastortodd78 - Nov 16, 2011 at 10:28 PM

    He should have stayed. I saw him play several times last year with the Astros triple A team in OKC. He has a pretty good bat, but cannot field any position on the diamond. He needs the work desperately.

    • paperlions - Nov 17, 2011 at 7:56 AM

      He had a wRC+ (weighted runs created, scaled so that 100 = league average) of 86 last year in AAA as a 24 yr old. While not horrible for a defensive stud at SS or catcher, it is horrible for a guy that can’t field.

  6. rexryanisablowhard - Nov 17, 2011 at 5:11 AM

    Roid rage I suspect.

  7. 1historian - Nov 17, 2011 at 7:53 AM

    comments from the peanut gallery

    aka (these days) the safety of cyberspace

    some things never change

    • sportsdrenched.com - Nov 17, 2011 at 9:58 AM

      Well I mean, why else would you come here except the see the Snarks swimming in the water?

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