Originally posted on Fox Sports Houston  |  Last updated 6/19/12
Astros owner Jim Crane said Tuesday night that he has reached out to Roger Clemens in an attempt to invite the former pitcher to be a member of the Astros organization. Clemens signed a personal services contract with the Astros while Drayton McLane owned the team but never actually worked for the team after his retirement. "I gave Roger a call today and left him a message," said Crane. "I told him I wanted to visit with him as soon as he got rested up and felt comfortable talking with us. We extended that message today and hopefully we'll hear from him soon." Clemens, who was acquitted on charges of perjury this week, played for the Astros from 2004-06 and was a member of the 2005 World Series team which lost to the White Sox. "We certainly want him engaged with the team," said Crane. "We'll see what he wants to do. It's really up to Roger. Once he gets rested and gets this behind him we'll sit down and talk to him and we'll see how he sees himself fitting in with the organization moving forward." Asked if he was concerned about public opinion about Clemens despite his acquittal, Crane said the process played out and the fact remains that Clemens was found not guilty. "The guy went through a long process," said Crane. "He was accused of doing x, x and x. He was acquitted and it was not guilty, not guilty. Roger was a great player, one of the best pitchers ever. Anytime you can have that kind of influence on the team, I think that's something we want to do. But again, that's going to be up to Roger. We appreciate the fans' opinion and we'll take that into consideration but based on the result we think he'll be a great addition to the team." Clemens' attorney, Rusty Hardin, said he has not spoken to Crane directly or to Clemens about the possibility of Clemens joining the Astros but is appreciative of the gesture by the Astros owner. "I think it speaks incredibly well of Crane that he's willing to reach out like that," Hardin said. "Roger has an incredible passion for basebal. For 4 12 years baseball treated Roger like a pariah. Jim Crane joins the Boston Red Sox as the only people that haven't kept their distnace from him."
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Winners and losers from NFL Saturday in Week 15

Lions break out Rockettes celebration after touchdown

Steve Kerr: Draymond Green shoulder issues ‘a little bit concerning’

Dodgers reacquire Matt Kemp from Braves for Adrian Gonzalez

Lakers’ Caldwell-Pope to miss games due to legal agreement

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

WATCH: Boise State gets too cute on Statue of Liberty play

Bill Cowher has no interest in coaching New York Giants

Report: Yankees re-sign CC Sabathia to $10 million contract

Baker Mayfield has high praise for Georgia defense

Is Vince McMahon looking to bring back the XFL?

Conor McGregor wants 'a real fight', says MMA is next up for him

Sports & Politics Intersect: Mr. Jones goes to Washington

The 'It's the most wonderful bowl of the year' quiz

NHL Weekender: Bolts keep striking, Preds on the hunt

Chargers are the AFC team no one wants to play in January

Donald Trump's quotes vs. the sports world in 2017

Five MLB teams that should trade for Manny Machado

The 'It's always chilly in Indiana' quiz

NFL puts safety entirely on players, again

Eight NFL teams who simply need to start over

Most important player on every team in each bowl matchup

NFL Week 15 Predictions

NBA Referee Hotline Bling: Boogie, Z-Bo reach out and punch someone

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Yardbarker Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

Sports & Politics Intersect: Mr. Jones goes to Washington

NHL Weekender: Bolts keep striking, Preds on the hunt

The 'It's the most wonderful bowl of the year' quiz

Donald Trump's quotes vs. the sports world in 2017

Chargers are the AFC team no one wants to play in January

The 'It's always chilly in Indiana' quiz

NFL puts safety entirely on players, again

Most important player on every team in each bowl matchup

NFL Week 15 Predictions

NBA Referee Hotline Bling: Boogie, Z-Bo reach out and punch someone

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker