Found September 10, 2012 on
Fox Sports Houston:
HOUSTON (AP) -- Astros owner Jim Crane thinks Roger Clemens' comeback could continue in Houston. That would be news to the 50-year-old right-hander, who doesn't sound too interested in the idea.
Crane said Monday there's a possibility Clemens could pitch this season for the majors' worst team.
"We haven't heard from Roger, so that's still up in the air," he said.
The last-place Astros started a weeklong homestand on Monday that includes three games against the Cubs and four against the Phillies. Their only remaining home games after this stretch are against the Pirates and the Cardinals -- two teams in postseason contention.
Crane said he would not pitch the seven-time Cy Young Award winner against a contender, which leaves this week as the only option.
But Clemens said Monday night the only way he would pitch this season was against a team in contention.
"I can tell you right now and they would know too, that if I was going to go do it, I am going to pitch against a contender, that's who I want to knock out," Clemens told Houston television station KRIV. "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."
A message was left seeking comment from Clemens' agent, Randy Hendricks.
Crane wouldn't say whether the team will reach out and try to entice Clemens to return to the majors for the first time since pitching for the Yankees in 2007.
"We're just going to sit tight," Crane said. "We'll wait and see if he calls us, but we might call him, who knows?"
Clemens pitched 3 1-3 scoreless innings in his first start for Sugar Land of the independent Atlantic league, and didn't allow a run in 4 2-3 innings in his second start Friday.
When asked about pitching for Houston this season, Clemens said Friday he didn't see it happening because of the time it took him to recover from his first start.
The Astros sent a scout to watch both of his outings. General manager Jeff Luhnow said he didn't have any new information on the subject.
"Right now we have a six-man rotation and we've lined up that rotation for the rest of the year, so I'm not expecting any changes," he said. "The words that I've heard Roger say suggest that that's not front and center in his mind. At this point I'm not expecting it."
Clemens earned 160 million and won 354 games in a 24-year career with the Red Sox, Yankees, Blue Jays and Astros. His 4,672 strikeouts are third-most and he was selected for 11 All-Star games.
Clemens had two great seasons with the Astros after he turned 40, going 18-4 with a 2.98 ERA in 2004 to win his record seventh Cy Young Award. He was 13-8 with a career-low 1.87 ERA in 2005.
The Rocket's fastball was clocked at as high as 88 mph, and he also threw curves and splitters in his starts for the Skeeters.
But it seems he isn't sure if his stuff is major league ready at this point.
"I don't think I could make an impact," Clemens said last week when asked about pitching for the Astros. "I think it would be fun for a lot of people, but it would take a lot of work to do and to perform the way I would want to perform. My mind says yes. My body says no."
Clemens' re-emergence with the Skeeters is the first time he has been in the spotlight since he was acquitted of charges he lied to Congress when he denied using performance-enhancing drugs.
Clemens was accused by former personal trainer Brian McNamee in the Mitchell Report on drugs in baseball of using steroids and HGH, allegations Clemens denied before Congress. The Justice Department began an investigation concerning whether Clemens had lied under oath, and in 2010 a grand jury indicted him on two counts of perjury, three counts of making false statements and one count of obstructing Congress.
He was acquitted of all the charges on June 19 after a 10-week trial and had largely stayed out of the public spotlight until signing with the Skeeters on Aug. 20.
Also Monday, Crane said the Astros are beginning the process of hiring a new manager to replace the fired Brad Mills. Crane said they have narrowed down their list to about six candidates and will begin interviews this week.
He would not name any of the candidates, but said interim manager Tony DeFrancesco would be considered.
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
Astros owner Jim Crane says there's a possibility 50-year-old Roger Clemens could pitch for Houston this season.
The Astros begin a week-long homestand on Monday that includes three games against the Cubs and four against the Phillies. Their only remaining home games after this stretch are against the Pirates and the Cardinals, two teams in postseason contention.
Roger Clemens has said that although his first two starts for the Independent League Sugar Land Skeeters went better than expected, he will not make his return to Major League Baseball in 2012 with the Houston Astros, but would not close the door on a possible comeback in 2013.
Astros’ owner Jim Crane said that he thought that Clemens could come back to pitch for the...
The remarkable ride continues for Edgar Gonzalez. From Class AAA to unemployment to the Mexican League to a deal with the Houston Astros and the chance to provide some depth to a rotation that needed it. Elite major-league starter isn't supposed to be the destination of this train and it's way, way, way too early to predict anything like that for the 29-year-old journeyman...
The Houston Astros have released Francisco Cordero, MLB.com's Brian McTaggart reports. Cordero was only in Houston for a month and a half as he was acquired in late July from the Blue Jays in the massive ten player deal.
The Blue Jays had previously signed Cordero to a one-year $4.5mm deal. He earned that one-year deal after posting 37 saves and a 2.45 era for the Reds.
Roger Clemens has done just about everything in life. He has won seven Cy Young awards, defeated the federal government and has now pitched eight scoreless innings for the independent league Sugar Land Skeeters. Now, the fifty year-old Clemens, has considered attempting a return to the MLB.
“Well, not this year, but we’ll see what happens after that. I’m not going to rule ...
Astros owner Jim Crane and Roger Clemens seem to have different ideas about the situation in which Clemens might make a return the major leagues, according to a report by the Houston Chronicle. Crane did not rule out the possibility of Clemens pitching for the Astros this season, but he said the Astros would not use Clemens in a game a team in playoff contention. Asked whether...
As he attempts to prove he's a worthy candidate for the Houston Astros' managerial vacancy, interim manager Tony DeFrancesco is attempting to capitalize on one of life's basic truths: Kids like new, shiny toys. DeFrancesco has a friend in the electronics business, and the friend gave him a selection of $200 headphones to give to the player of the game after every Astros...
Jimmy Paredes singled and scored an unearned run in the third inning and the Houston Astros beat the Chicago Cubs 1-0 on Tuesday night.
It was an otherwise tough night for the second baseman, who committed three errors. Paredes has started the last three games at second base with All-Star Jose Altuve out with an abdominal strain.
Houston starter Jordan Lyles (4-11) scattered two...
Matt Dominguez hit a three-run homer, Tyler Greene added a solo shot and the Houston Astros slowed Cincinnati's run to the NL Central title with a 5-1 win over the Reds on Sunday.
Edgar Gonzalez allowed two hits and one run in five innings against the Reds, who came in with a magic number of 14 for eliminating second-place St. Louis. Gonzalez (2-0) walked one and struck out...
The Oklahoma City RedHawks and Houston Astros announced today that they have extended their Player Development Contract through 2014, keeping the Astros’ Triple-A affiliate in Oklahoma City for two more seasons.
“We are very happy to continue our relationship with the Houston Astros,” RedHawks President & General Manager Michael Byrnes said. “The Astros are in the middle...
CINCINNATI (AP) -- The Cincinnati Reds played their last game against the Houston Astros as NL opponents but they will not forget Matt Dominguez anytime soon.
Dominguez hit a three-run homer, Tyler Greene added a solo shot and the Astros slowed Cincinnati's run to the NL Central title with a 5-1 win over the Reds on Sunday.
The 23-year old former first-round pick of the Marlins...
There have been few positives for the Houston Astros over the past two seasons but their recent performances at Minute Maid Park against the Chicago Cubs have been among those.
After a successful series against a first-place club, the Astros will seek a sixth consecutive home win over the Cubs when the teams with the two worst records in the majors open a three-game set Monday night...
It's the dog days of summer. Many teams are playing out the string. And their marketing departments are doing pretty much anything (re: Roger Clemens) to gin up some publicity.The Mets? They're going with dick jokes.Here's an email that popped up yesterday in the CD Mailbox. Thanks to M.R. for the tip.