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Roger Clemens says he will not pitch for the Astros this year

Sep 10, 2012, 9:56 PM EDT

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UPDATE: So much for that. Roger Clemens told Mark Berman of FOX 26 in Houston tonight that he will not pitch for the Astros this season.

While Astros owner Jim Crane didn’t rule out the possibility of Clemens making a start this month against a non-contending team, the seven-time Cy Young Award winner said he only would have returned if it meant he could play the role of spoiler.

“Why would I want to waste my time running around and getting in shape. I get over to Minute Maid (Park), I’ll crank it up and get it over 90 for a contender. We’ll knock them right out of the playoffs. That would be the fun. Pitching against somebody that’s not in contention wouldn’t be any fun for me.

“It’s not going to happen.”

Berman reports that Clemens is looking forward to helping the Astros in a coaching capacity during spring training next year.

7:22 PM: Roger Clemens said after Friday’s start with the independent Sugar Land Skeeters that he didn’t think he was MLB-ready and was aiming more for spring training next year, but he also said he would “listen” if Astros owner Jim Crane called. It appears Crane hasn’t given up on the possibility yet.

According to David Barron of the Houston Chronicle, Crane said today that he hasn’t ruled out Clemens making a start with the Astros this season. However, he also said Clemens wouldn’t pitch in a game against a playoff contender. That means that if it’s going to happen this year, it would have to happen very soon. The Astros host the Cubs and the Phillies this week while their other two remaining series at home are against the Pirates and Cardinals.

For what it’s worth, Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said the team has their six-man rotation planned out for the rest of the season and he’s “not expecting any changes.” But that could change, especially if they want to boost those television ratings.

Clemens, 50, has tossed seven scoreless innings over his first two starts with the Skeeters. He hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2007 with the Yankees.

  1. ikedavisnose - Sep 10, 2012 at 7:31 PM

    Clemens is probably waiting for next year so he doesn’t have to hit.

    • oms0004 - Sep 11, 2012 at 1:55 AM

      Bill Dewitt agrees.

  2. bloodysock - Sep 10, 2012 at 7:33 PM

    After Sunday’s game achieved only a 0.18 rating and was viewed in 1,092 households, Crane needs to do something to remind the populace that Houston still has an MLB team.

  3. randygnyc - Sep 10, 2012 at 7:43 PM

    Define, “contender”.

  4. beefytrout - Sep 10, 2012 at 9:20 PM

    Dear Roger,

    We are all rooting for you to land a spot in the Astros rotation in 2013.


    Fans of current AL West teams

    • mazblast - Sep 10, 2012 at 10:38 PM

      It would be great if the Astros’ 2013 interleague schedule included a visit to CitiField.

      “Hey, Raja, we got a little something for ya…”

      • dirtyharry1971 - Sep 11, 2012 at 12:41 AM

        He would own the muts like he always has and he would do it right in front of their home crowd at citi DUMP!! It would be like a funerial thats how quite the muts fans would be

  5. greyhawk9 - Sep 10, 2012 at 11:48 PM

    hes just wairing for the steroids and hgh to clear from his system

  6. dawgpoundmember - Sep 11, 2012 at 12:07 AM

    I am actually kinda disappointed by this, I was all ready for him to pitch AT 50 to MLB hitters…oh yeah, and the how many votes would he actually lose over the delay of HoF candidacy talk. But I would actually enjoy seeing try to pitch.

    • stlouis1baseball - Sep 11, 2012 at 9:08 AM

      I am with you Dawg.

  7. stex52 - Sep 11, 2012 at 9:44 AM

    I’ve been telling you guys it wouldn’t happen. If you saw any of the Skeeters game, no way he is ready for the big time. He is out of shape and looked winded going into the 3rd.

    I just hate that he said “this year.” Nightmares of 2013.

  8. elmo - Sep 11, 2012 at 12:04 PM

    There are countless thousands of young players who will never make it to the big leagues (not even the lowly Astros). But this washed-up old cheater pouts that “it wouldn’t be any fun” to play against a non-contender, so forget it. Man that is some sense of entitlement. I actually hope he pitches, and gets hammered.

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