In August 2012, at age 50, Clemens attempted a comeback with the Independent League Sugar Land Skeeters. While Clemens has denied any grand plans of returning to MLB, whispers are that he is angling to pitch for the Houston Astros again. Pitching in the major leagues would reset Clemens' Hall of Fame eligibility. In his first start for the Skeeters on Aug. 26, Clemens threw 3 1/3 scoreless innings in a 1-0 win.
Accolades and accusations
Clemens posted Hall-of-Fame worthy stats during his long and storied career, and worked out of his latest jam in the courtroom. Now, with the trial wrapped up and Clemens acquitted of federal perjury charges, take a look back at his career.
Roger Clemens, nicknamed Rocket, broke into the majors with the Boston Red Sox whose pitching staff he would help anchor for 12 years. He played for four different teams over his 23-year playing career.
The Toronto Blue Jays signed Roger Clemens in 1997. In each of his two seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays, Clemens won the pitching triple crown (leading the league in wins, ERA, and strikeouts) and a Cy Young Award.
Clemens was traded to the New York Yankees for the 1999 season, where he had his first World Series success. In 2003, he reached his 300th win and 4,000th strikeout in the same game. He announced his retirement at the end of the 2003 season.
Clemens chose to un-retire, signing a one-year deal with his adopted hometown Houston Astros on Jan. 12, 2004, joining close friend and former Yankees teammate Andy Pettitte. On May 5, 2004, Clemens recorded his 4,137th career strikeout to place him second on the all-time list behind Nolan Ryan. Clemens played three seasons with the Houston Astros, where he won his seventh Cy Young Award.
Back in pinstripes
Clemens rejoined the New York Yankees during the 2007 season and retired at the end of that season. He won seven Cy Young Awards, more than any other pitcher. Clemens is one of only four pitchers to have more than 4,000 strikeouts in their career (the others are pitchers Nolan Ryan, Randy Johnson, and Steve Carlton).
In 2005, Jose Canseco releases a bestselling book naming names in the steroid scandal. While the book says Clemens once joked about taking a "B-12" shot — baseball code for steroids — Canseco admits he has no evidence Clemens ever actually used the performance-enhancing substance.
Clemens is one of 86 players named in the Mitchell Report, baseball’s independent investigation into steroid use in the game, released Dec. 13, 2007.
On Feb. 13, 2008, Clemens appears in front of House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, even though leadership of the subcommittee tells the Clemens he doesn’t have to testify. Under oath, Clemens denies he ever used performance-enhancing drugs. Brian McNamee, former cop and Yankees bullpen catcher, testified he injected Clemens with banned substances as many as 21 times.
On Feb. 13, 2009, Clemens famously says longtime friend and teammate Andy Pettitte "misremembered" a discussion about performance-enhancing drugs and disputed the claims made by his former friend and personal trainer, Brian McNamee, who sat two seats away.
On June 18, 2012, jurors returned with a not-guilty verdict for Clemens after close to 10 hours of deliberation. The verdict capped the 10-week trial and five-year investigation into Clemens. The pitcher was accused of perjury, making false statements and obstructing Congress during his February 2008 testimony.