After making national headlines for his return to professional baseball, Roger Clemens is spending this week in Myrtle Beach as part of the field in the Golf.Com World Amateur Handicap Championship. Clemens teed off at the Diamondback Golf Course in Loris on Monday. During a rain delay in his opening round, the 50 year old talked to WPDE Sports about his return to the mound. Clemens threw 3 1/3 scoreless innings for the Sugar Land Skeeters, an independent minor league team based in Texas. Clemens allowed just one hit and no walks and two strikeouts against the Bridgeport Bluefish.
"We had this planned long before we planned on pitching there for the Skeeters," Clemens said about playing in the World Amateur. "I was able to get out there and get it done and have some fun with my new teammates there."
Scouts from the Houston Astros and Kansas City Royals were on hand to watch Clemens outing. He won 354 career games in the majors with 4,672 strikeouts. He was found not guilty in a federal perjury trial when he was accused of lying to prosecutors about his use of steroids and human growth hormone during his baseball career.
"I'm sore, because it was like a spring training start," Clemens said. "I haven't thrown competitively in a long time and just really been throwing batting practice and things of that nature. We had a lot of fun, a lot of smiles down there in Sugar Land and that's what we wanted to do."
This is Clemens second appearance in Myrtle Beach to play in the World Amateur. He drew national attention when he flew down from Washington, DC in 2010 to play on the Grand Strand following a not guilty plea to lying to Congress. Clemens last pitched in the major leagues for the New York Yankees in 2007.
Clemens would be eligible for baseball's Hall of Fame in 2013, but a start in the majors this year would reset the clock to 2018. When asked about that, Clemens offered no comment.