Roger Clemens returned to baseball on Monday morning when he signed a contract with the Sugar Land Skeeters of the independent Atlantic League. Expected to make his first start on Saturday against the Bridgeport Bluefish, the 50-year-old right handed pitcher will be participating in his first game since 2007 while he was still a member of the New York Yankees.
This means if the Skeeters stick to a standard five-man rotation, Clemens next start is projected to come in the opening game of a three-game set against the Camden Riversharks on Friday, Aug. 31.
According to Clemens' agent, the pitcher had been talking about a return for some time and still has some zip left on his fastball.
Clemens' agent, Randy Hendricks, says the pitcher's "fastball was clocked at 87 mph." He added that Clemens and Skeeters manager Gary Gaetti have been talking about this "for months."
Individual game tickets can be purchased at the Riversharks' official website.