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And Another Thing


Roger the Dodger

So why would Roger Clemens, at the age of 50, decide to pitch again for something called the Sugar Land (Texas) Skeeters in something called the Independent Atlantic League?

Opinions vary.

Here's one, courtesy of my colleague over at Ice Chips, Justin Cohn: Because he's hoping to get called up by a major league team, pitch in at least one game, and thereby push back his Hall of Fame eligibility five more years, so people will have longer to forget what a juicer he (allegedly) was.

(For the record, if I had a Hall of Fame vote, I'd vote for him, for the excellent reason that he was one of the two or three greatest pitchers of his generation, and a Hall without him would look ridiculous. Also, he accomplished enough pre-steroids to warrant inclusion).

Where was I again?

Oh, yeah, Justin's theory. Admittedly, it's a little far-fetched. There's a universe of difference between getting batters out for the Sugar Land Skeeters and getting them out for, say, the Texas Rangers. So his chances of actually getting called up are pretty much none and none.

Still, I could see someone with Clemens' supreme athletic arrogance thinking this was a plausible scheme. And it would be just like him.

Ben Smith's blog.