Former baseball star Roger Clemens smiles as he walks outside Federal District Court in Washington June 18, 2012. Clemens will start for the Sugar Land Skeeters this weekend. (REUTERS)
The Rocket is set to return to professional baseball – if only for a game.
The Sugar Land Skeeters, an unaffiliated club that currently plays in the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball, announced Monday that 11-time MLB all-star Roger Clemens, 50, will sign with the Houston-area team this week.
Skeeters president Matt O’Brien confirmed Clemens will start for the south Texas team this weekend against the visiting Bridgeport Bluefish after going through a workout with Houston Astros bullpen catcher Javier Bracamonte.
"He's in such great shape it's ridiculous," Bracamonte told Fox 26 in Houston. "He is nasty … he was throwing in the high 80s.
"He ran three miles, threw a bullpen and threw batting practice. He had a lot of movement on the ball.”
In June, a jury acquitted the seven-time Cy Young award winner of six criminal charges after he was accused of lying to Congress about allegedly using performance-enhancing drugs.
During his 24 major league season, Clemens played for four teams – Boston, Toronto, New York and Houston – and registered 354 regular season wins before his retirement in 2007.
UPDATE: The Skeeters front office reported Tuesday that Saturday's game against Bridgeport has officially sold out. Tickets are going anywhere from $75-$400 online.